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City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council
Third of council elected three years out of four
Council logo
Term limits
Founded1 April 1974
Lord Mayor of Bradford
Martin Love, Green Party
Leader of the Council
Susan Hinchcliffe, Labour Party
Chief executive
Kersten England
Seats90 councillors
Political groups
Administration (56)
  Labour (56)
Other parties (34)
  Conservative (16)
  Green Party (8)
  Liberal Democrat (5)
  Independent (5)
Joint committees
West Yorkshire Combined Authority
Last election
2021 (one third of councillors)
2022 (one third of councillors)
2023 (one third of councillors)
Next election
2024 (one third of councillors)
Meeting place
Bradford City Hall

City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council is the local authority of the City of Bradford in West Yorkshire, England. It is a metropolitan district council, one of five in West Yorkshire and one of 36 in the metropolitan counties of England, and provides the majority of local government services in Bradford. Since 1 April 2014 it has been a constituent council of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.[1]


In 1974, City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council was created to administer the newly formed metropolitan borough. The county borough of Bradford was merged with the Borough of Keighley, the Urban Districts of Baildon, Bingley, Cullingworth, Denholme, Ilkley, Shipley and Silsden, along with part of Queensbury and Shelf Urban District and part of Skipton Rural District by the Local Government Act 1972. The Council, which is based at Bradford City Hall in Centenary Square, governs the whole metropolitan district. The city was granted the right on 18 September 1907 to elect a Lord Mayor.

The district is divided into 30 Electoral Wards, each ward electing three Councillors. Elections are held in May, where one third of the 90 seats (one for each ward) are contested and the successful candidate is elected for a period of four years.

In March 2006, the UK's Audit Commission issued a report "in the public interest" regarding concerns about the procurement process for the acquisition of an asset management system. The report identified weaknesses in the Council's programme management and procurement processes, which the Council accepted "without reservation".[2]

At the local elections in 2015, Labour won 17 of the 30 seats available to hold majority of the Council – on 46 of 90 seats.

In the local elections of 2021, the Green Party won Tong Ward which previously had been a Labour stronghold, having only elected Labour councillors since the formation of Bradford Council.

Three Conservative councillors—Joan Clarke, Robert Hargreaves and Luke Majkowski—left their party to sit as independents in 2021 and 2022, citing internal issues in the local branch of the Conservative Party.[3]

In the local elections of 2022, the Green Party became the joint third largest party on Bradford Council with the Liberal Democrats winning three seats - although they won 14% of the total votes across the district compared to 8% for the Liberal Democrats.

Parliamentary representation

The council is currently covered by five constituencies with six wards in each constituency: Bradford East, Bradford South, Bradford West, Keighley and Shipley.[4]

Wards and Councillors

Map of wards within the City of Bradford

Each ward is represented by three councillors.[5]

Parliamentary constituency Ward Councillor Party Term of office
Bradford East Bolton and Undercliffe Simon Cunningham Labour 2015–19
Suhail Choudhry Labour 2019–23
Julie Humphreys Labour 2016–20
Independent 2017-20
Bowling and Barkerend Rizwana Jamil Labour 2018–22
Imran Khan Labour 2015–19
Hassan Khan Labour 2016–20
Bradford Moor Mohammed Shafiq Labour 2018–22
Zafar Iqbal Labour 2015–19
Riaz Ahmed Liberal Democrats 2016–20
Eccleshill Chris Hayden Labour 2018–22
Susan Knox Liberal Democrats 2015–19
Brendan Stubbs Liberal Democrats 2016–20
Idle and Thackley Julie Humphreys Liberal Democrats 2018–22
Jeanette Sunderland Liberal Democrats 2015–19
Alun Griffiths Liberal Democrats 2016–20
Little Horton Fareeda Mir Labour 2018–22
Taj Salam Labour 2015–19
Talat Sajawal Labour 2016–20
Bradford South Great Horton Joanne Dodds Labour 2018–22
Tariq Hussain Labour 2015–19
Abdul Jabar Labour 2016–20
Queensbury Robert Hargreaves Conservative 2018–22
Andrew Senior Conservative 2015–19
Lynda Cromie Independent 2016–20
Royds Ruth Wood Labour 2018–22
Angela Tait Labour 2015–19
Andrew Thornton Labour 2016–20
Tong Celia Hickson Green Party 2022–26
Labour 2015–19
Matt Edwards Green Party 2020–24
Wibsey Sabiya Khan Labour 2018–22
Ralph Berry Labour 2015–19
David Green Labour 2016–20
Wyke David Warburton Labour 2014–18
Sarah Ferriby Labour 2015–19
Rosie Watson Labour 2016–20
Bradford West City Nazam Azam Labour 2018–22
Shakeela Lal Labour 2015–19
Aneela Ahmed Labour 2016–20
Clayton & Fairweather Green Sinead Engel Labour 2018–22
Carol Thirkill Labour 2015–19
Michelle Swallow Labour 2016–20
Heaton Nussrat Mohammed Labour 2018–22
Mohammed Amran Labour 2015–19
Mohammad Shabbir Labour 2016–20
Manningham Shabir Hussain Labour 2018–22
Sameena Akhtar Labour 2015–19
Sarfraz Nazir Labour 2016–20
Thornton and Allerton Richard Dunbar Labour 2018–22
Sue Duffy Labour 2015–19
Beverley Mullaney Labour 2016–20
Toller Kamran Hussain Labour 2018–22
Fozia Shaheen Labour 2015–19
Arshad Hussain Labour 2016–20
Keighley Craven Caroline Whitaker Green Party 2022–2026
Jack Rickard Conservative 2015–19
Adrian Naylor The Independents 2016–20
Ilkley Mike Gibbons Conservative 2018–22
Martin Smith Conservative 2015–19
Anne Hawkesworth The Independents 2016–20
Keighley Central Abid Hussain

(Died 24 dec 2020)

Labour 2018–22
Zafar Ali Conservative 2015–19
Khadim Hussain Labour 2016–20
Keighley East Caroline Firth Labour 2018–22
Doreen Lee Labour 2015–19
Malcolm Slater Labour 2016–20
Keighley West Paul Godwin Labour 2018–22
Cath Bacon Labour 2015–19
Adrian Farley Labour 2016–20
Worth Valley Chris Hird Conservative 2018–22
Rebecca Poulsen Conservative 2015–19
Russell Brown Conservative 2016–20
Shipley Baildon Valerie Townend Conservative 2018–22
Mike Pollard Conservative 2015–19
Debbie Davies Conservative 2016–20
Bingley Marcus Dearden Labour 2018–22
Susan Fricker Labour 2015–19
Joe Wheatley Labour 2016–20
Bingley Rural Michael Ellis Conservative 2018–22
Simon Cooke Conservative 2015–19
Naveed Riaz Conservative 2016–20
Shipley Anna Watson Green Party 2022–26
Kevin Warnes Green Party 2019–23
Martin Love Green Party 2021–25
Wharfedale Gerald Barker Conservative 2014–22
Jackie Whiteley Conservative 2015–19
Dale Smith Conservative 2016–20
Windhill and Wrose Vanda Greenwood Labour 2018–22
Susan Hinchcliffe Labour 2015–19
Alex Ross-Shaw Labour 2016–20

Political Makeup Since 2012

Year Labour Conservative Liberal Democrats Green UKIP Respect Queensbury Independents Independent
2023 56 16 5 8 0 0 0 5
2022 52 21 6 6 0 0 0 5
2021 51 25 7 3 0 0 0 4
2019 53 22 7 2 0 0 1 5
2018 52 22 8 2 0 0 1 5
2016 49 21 10 3 0 0 2 6
2015 46 23 9 3 1 0 2 6
2014 46 21 8 3 1 0 2 9
2012 45 24 8 3 0 5 2 3

See also


  1. ^ The West Yorkshire Combined Authority Order 2014
  2. ^ Audit Commission, Report in the Public Interest under Section 8 of the Audit Commission Act 1988: City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council, Audit 2005-2006, March 2006
  3. ^ "Three Bradford Councillors leave Conservative Party to become independents". Bradford Telegraph and Argus. Retrieved 22 January 2022.
  4. ^ "Your MPs". Bradford Council. Retrieved 26 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Your Councillors by Ward". Bradford Council. Retrieved 26 September 2017.