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One third of City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council is elected each year, followed by one year without election.

Political control

From 1889 until 1974 Bradford was a county borough, independent from any county council. Under the Local Government Act 1972 it had its territory enlarged and became a metropolitan borough, with West Yorkshire County Council providing county-level services. The first election to the reconstituted city council was held in 1973, initially operating as a shadow authority before coming into its revised powers on 1 April 1974. West Yorkshire County Council was abolished in 1986 and Bradford became a unitary authority. Political control of the council since 1973 has been held by the following parties:[1]

Party in control Years
Conservative 1973–1980
Labour 1980–1982
No overall control 1982–1986
Labour 1986–1988
No overall control 1988–1990
Labour 1990–2000
No overall control 2000–2014
Labour 2014–present

Leadership

The leaders of the council since 1979 have been:[2][3]

Councillor Party From To
Brian Womersley Conservative 1979 1980
Derek Smith Labour 1980 1982
Tom Hall Conservative 1982 1984
Ronnie Farley Conservative 1984 1986
Phil Beeley Labour 1986 1988
Eric Pickles Conservative 1988 1990
Tommy Flanagan Labour 1990 1992
Gerry Sutcliffe Labour 1992 1994
Tony Cairns[4] Labour 1994 1997
John Ryan Labour 1997 1998
Ian Greenwood Labour 1998 2000
Margaret Eaton Conservative 2000 2006
Kris Hopkins Conservative 2006 25 May 2010
Ian Greenwood Labour 25 May 2010 6 May 2012
David Green Labour 22 May 2012 17 May 2016
Susan Hinchcliffe Labour 17 May 2016

Council elections

District result maps

By-election results

Heaton By-Election 26 September 1996
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 2,041 50.4
Labour 1,808 44.6
Liberal Democrats 202 5.0
Majority 233 5.8
Turnout 4,051 34.8
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Shipley West By-Election 9 October 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 1,263 36.8 -6.7
Conservative 1,222 35.6 -0.6
Green 667 19.4 +8.0
Liberal Democrats 284 8.3 -0.6
Majority 41 1.2
Turnout 3,436
Labour hold Swing
Baildon By-Election 20 November 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats 1,614 52.3 -1.0
Conservative 1,077 34.9 -0.7
Labour 372 12.1 +1.0
Independent 22 0.7 +0.7
Majority 537 17.4
Turnout 3,085 24.6
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Little Horton By-Election 18 March 1999
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 1,227 60.2 +18.5
Conservative 538 26.4 -14.2
Liberal Democrats 272 13.4 +4.3
Majority 689 33.8
Turnout 2,037 17.0
Labour hold Swing
Bowling By-Election 22 March 2001
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Tony Niland 1,014 44.0 -8.4
Conservative Zameer Shah 777 33.7 +5.4
Liberal Democrats Rupert Oliver 473 20.5 +8.6
Majority 237 10.3
Turnout 2,264 18.6
Labour hold Swing
Queensbury By-Election 7 June 2001
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 3,217 45.5 +16.0
Conservative 2,744 38.8 -15.8
Liberal Democrats 892 12.6 -4.6
Independent 203 2.9 -2.0
Asian 13 0.2 +0.2
Majority 473 6.7
Turnout 7,069 53.3
Labour hold Swing
Bingley Rural By-Election 6 December 2001
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Juliette Kinsey 1,576 65.2 -0.7
Labour James Newton 642 26.6 +4.7
Liberal Democrats James Stewart 150 6.2 -2.4
Green John Love 50 2.1 -1.9
Majority 934 38.6
Turnout 2,418 20.0
Conservative hold Swing
Great Horton By-Election 16 October 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Liz Devlin 926 36.9 -0.9
Conservative Richard Milczanowski 764 30.4 +8.3
Liberal Democrats Paul Michell 692 27.6 +10.5
Green Derek Curtis 129 5.1 -1.5
Majority 162 6.5
Turnout 2,511 23.4
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Craven By-Election 16 March 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Andrew Naylor 1,304 57.0 +13.4
Labour Steven Carter 669 29.2 +10.7
Liberal Democrats Frances McAulay 315 13.8 -3.7
Majority 635 27.8
Turnout 2,288 18.7
Conservative hold Swing
Keighley West By-Election 23 March 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Angela Sinfield 1,819 47.0 +22.2
BNP Ian Dawson 1,216 31.4 +2.3
Conservative Lionel Lockley 627 16.2 -3.8
Liberal Democrats Victoria Salmons 208 5.4 -4.8
Majority 603 15.6
Turnout 3,870 35.1
Labour gain from BNP Swing
Bingley Ward By-Election, 4 December 2008[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Allan Pennington 1,949
Labour Andrew David Mawson 689
Liberal Democrats Jean Taylor 332
Green Arthur Albert John Arnold 175
Democratic Nationalists Jim Lewthwaite 61
UKIP Jason Paul Smith 49
Majority 1,260
Turnout 3,262 24.99
Worth Valley Ward By-Election 25 November 2010[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Russell Brown 1,020
Labour Mark Bernard Curtis 697
Green Robert Edward Swindells 235
Liberal Democrats Sharon Catherine Purvis 180
Majority 323
Turnout 2,139 19.46
Great Horton By-Election 24 November 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Abdul Jabar 1,993 58.6 -1.1
Conservative Mehrban Hussain 705 20.7 -5.0
Liberal Democrats Mary Slingsby 337 9.9 -3.3
UKIP Jason Paul Smith 294 8.6 (+8.6)
Green Celia Ruth Hickson 73 2.1 (+2.1)
Majority 1,288 37.9 +3.9
Turnout 3,402 27.1 -8.5
Labour hold Swing 3.9
Wharfedale by-election 15 November 2012[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jackie Whiteley 1,353 54.03 −6.77
Labour David Green 485 19.37 +0.63
Green Janet Souyave 320 12.78 −2.47
Liberal Democrats Paul Treadwell 222 8.87 +3.66
UKIP Samuel Fletcher 124 4.95 N/A
Majority 868 34.66
Turnout 2,516 27.51 −13.02
Conservative hold Swing
Wibsey by-election 14 July 2016[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Joanne Lisa Sharp 1,207 51
UKIP Jason Paul Smith 655 27
Conservative Richard Ian Sheard 451 19
Liberal Democrats Angharad Elizabeth Griffiths 70 3
Majority 552 23
Turnout 2,383 23
Labour hold Swing
Queensbury by-election 4 May 2017[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Andrew John Senior 2,175 56
Independent Jason Paul Smith 732 19
Labour Mobeen Hussain 697 18
Green Eithne Mary Dodwell 143 4
Liberal Democrats Mary Whitrick 135 3
Majority 1,443 37
Turnout 3,882 32
Conservative hold Swing
Bolton and Undercliffe by-election 7 February 2019[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Rachel Sunderland 1,733 51.3
Labour Amriz Hussain 1,153 34.1
Conservative Ranbir Singh 418 12.4
Green Phil Worsnop 73 2.2
Majority 580 17.2
Turnout 3,377
Liberal Democrats gain from Labour Swing

References

  1. ^ "Compositions calculator". The Elections Centre. Retrieved 10 August 2022.
  2. ^ "Council minutes". City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council. Retrieved 12 August 2022.
  3. ^ "Bradford Timeline". Retrieved 12 August 2022.
  4. ^ Young, Chris (15 February 2021). "Tributes paid to former Council leader and Lord Mayor Tony Cairns". Telegraph and Argus. Retrieved 12 August 2022.
  5. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 September 2011. Retrieved 11 November 2011.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 April 2012. Retrieved 11 November 2011.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ Wharfedale Ward By-Election, 2017. Bradford City Council.
  8. ^ Wibsey Ward By-Election, 2017. Bradford City Council.
  9. ^ Queensbury Ward By-Election, 2017. Bradford City Council.
  10. ^ "Local Elections Archive Project — Bolton and Undercliffe Ward". www.andrewteale.me.uk. Retrieved 18 April 2022.