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Metropolitan Borough of Rotherham

The Metropolitan Borough of Rotherham is a metropolitan borough of South Yorkshire, England. It is named after its largest town, Rotherham, but also spans the outlying towns of Maltby, Rawmarsh, Swinton, Wath-upon-Dearne, and also Dinnington and Laughton as well as a suburban and rural element composed of hills, escarpments and broad valleys.

Borough of Rotherham
Metropolitan borough
Former Rotherham Council Offices (left) in central Rotherham
Former Rotherham Council Offices (left) in central Rotherham
Official logo of Borough of Rotherham
Coat of Arms of the Borough Council
Nickname(s): The Heart of SY
Motto(s): Where everyone matters
Rotherham shown within South Yorkshire
Rotherham shown within South Yorkshire
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region Yorkshire and the Humber
Ceremonial county South Yorkshire
Founded 1974
Admin. HQ Rotherham
 • Type Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council
 • Leadership: Leader & Cabinet
 • Executive: Labour
 • MPs: Kevin Barron,
John Healey,
Sarah Champion
 • Total 110.6 sq mi (286.5 km2)
Area rank 142nd
Population (mid-2017 est.)
 • Total 263,400
 • Rank Ranked 56th
 • Density 2,400/sq mi (920/km2)
Time zone UTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+1 (British Summer Time)
ONS code 00CF (ONS)
E08000018 (GSS)
Ethnicity 91.9% White British
4.1% Asian
0.8% Black[1]

The district was formed on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, as a merger of the County Borough of Rotherham, with Maltby, Rawmarsh, Swinton and Wath-upon-Dearne urban districts along with Rotherham Rural District and Kiveton Park Rural District.

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council is one of the safest Labour councils in the United Kingdom, although the number of Labour council seats dropped from 92% to 79% in 2014 following the Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal.[2]



Council electionsEdit

The Metropolitan Borough of Rotherham was founded in 1974, and Labour have been in control of the council since the first election.

Year Labour UKIP Conservative Others BNP
2016 election[3] 48 14 0 1 0
2014 election[4] 50 10 2 1 0
2012 election[5] 58 0 4 1 0
2011 election[6] 54 0 7 1 1
2010 election[7] 50 0 10 2 1
2008 election[2] 50 0 10 1 2
2007 election[8] 54 0 7 2 0


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