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Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

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.

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council
Third of council elected three years out of four
Arms of Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council
Founded1 April 1974
Mayor of Barnsley
Cllr Pauline Markham, Labour
since 21st May 2019
Leader of the Council
Cllr Sir Stephen Houghton CBE, Labour
since 1996
Chief executive
Diana Terris
since July 2012
Seats63 councillors
Political groups
     Labour (49)
Other parties
     Liberal Democrat (4)
     Conservative (3)
     Barnsley Independent Group (3)
     Democrats and Veterans (2)
     Independents (2)
Joint committees
Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield Combined Authority
Last election
5 May 2016
Next election
3 May 2018
Meeting place
Town Hall at Barnsley
Barnsley Town Hall


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 controlEdit

Since 1973, political control of the council has been held by the following parties:[1]

Party in control Years
Labour 1973–present


  1. ^ "Barnsley". BBC News Online. 19 April 2008. Retrieved 2009-10-17.