Metropolitan Borough of Rotherham

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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
Motto: 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-2014 est.)
 • Total 260,070
 • Rank Ranked 56th
 • Density 2,400/sq mi (910/km2)
Time zone Greenwich Mean Time (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) British Summer Time (UTC+1)
ONS code 00CF (ONS)
E08000018 (GSS)
Ethnicity 93.5% White
3.4% S.Asian
0.8% Black[1]

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.

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]


Settlements in the borough of Rotherham include:

Anston, Aston, Aughton
Bramley, Brampton, Brinsworth, Brecks, Broom
Canklow, Catcliffe, Clifton
East Dene, East Herringthorpe
Firbeck, Flanderwell
Gildingwells, Greasbrough
Harthill, Hellaby, Herringthorpe
Kimberworth, Kimberworth Park, Kiveton Park
Laughton-en-le-Morthen, Letwell
Maltby, Manvers, Masbrough, Morthen
Ravenfield, Rawmarsh, Ryecroft
Swallownest, Swinton, Sunnyside
Templeborough, Thorpe Hesley, Thorpe Salvin, Thrybergh, Thurcroft, Todwick, Treeton
Wales, Wath-upon-Dearne, Waverley, Wentworth, West Melton, Whiston, Wickersley, Woodsetts, Wellgate

Council elections

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
2014 election[3] 50 10 2 1 0
2012 election[4] 58 0 4 1 0
2011 election[5] 54 0 7 1 1
2010 election[6] 50 0 10 2 1
2008 election[2] 50 0 10 1 2
2007 election[7] 54 0 7 2 0


  1. "R2011 Census: KS201EW Ethnic group, local authorities in England and Wales". National Statistics Online. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 21 February 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Election Results 2008, Rotherham council". BBC News. 19 April 2008. Retrieved 12 May 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Election 2014 | Rotherham Council, BBC News
  4. Election 2012 | Rotherham Council, BBC News
  5. Election 2011 | Rotherham Council, BBC News
  6. Election 2010 | Rotherham Council, BBC News
  7. Election 2007 | Rotherham Council, BBC News

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