Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council
Third of council elected three years out of four
Founded1 April 1974
Mayor of Barnsley
Cllr Pauline Markham, Labour
since 21 May 2019
Leader of the Council
Cllr Sir Stephen Houghton CBE, Labour
since 1996
Deputy Leader
Cllr Jim Andrews BEM, Labour
Leader of the Opposition
Cllr Hannah Kitching, Liberal Democrat
Chief executive
Sarah Norman
since July 2019
Seats63 councillors[1]
Political groups
Administration (49)
  Labour (49)
Other parties (14)
  Liberal Democrat (7)
  Conservative (3)
  Barnsley Independent Group (1)
  Independents (3)
Joint committees
Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield Combined Authority
Last election
5 May 2016
Next election
6 May 2021
Meeting place
Barnsley Town Hall

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council is the local authority of the Metropolitan Borough of Barnsley in South Yorkshire, England. It is a metropolitan district council, one of four in South Yorkshire and one of 36 in the metropolitan counties of England, and provides the majority of local government services in Barnsley.


The current local authority was first elected in 1973, a year before formally coming into its powers and prior to the creation of the Metropolitan Borough of Barnsley on 1 April 1974. The council gained borough status, entitling it to be known as Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council.

Political control

Further information: Barnsley local elections

Since 1973, political control of the council has been held by the following parties:[2]

Party in control Years
Labour 1973–present


  1. ^ "Open Council Data UK - compositions councillors parties wards elections".
  2. ^ "Barnsley". BBC News Online. 19 April 2008. Retrieved 17 October 2009.