City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council

A third of the seats in Bradford were up for election this year. Find out more about these elections.

Election 2018 Results

Party Elected in 2018 Total councillors Change


Elected in 2018 20 Total councillors 52 Change+3


Elected in 2018 8 Total councillors 22 Change+1

PartyLiberal Democrat

Elected in 2018 2 Total councillors 7 Change-1


Elected in 2018 0 Total councillors 7 Change-1


Elected in 2018 0 Total councillors 2 Change-1


Elected in 2018 0 Total councillors 0 Change-1
Councillors change compared with 2014

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Serious criminals face ban on becoming taxi drivers

People convicted of serious criminal offences, including violence and terrorism, could be banned from becoming a taxi or minicab driver in parts of Yorkshire.

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Currently, people convicted of these crimes and others, including drink and drug-driving, can still apply for a licence after a certain time has elapsed and only once they've completed their sentences.

But members of the public are now being asked to have their say on a proposal to introduce higher and consistent standards for Hackney carriage and private hire licensed drivers who have been convicted of offences.

Bradford, Calderdale, Leeds, Kirklees, Wakefield and York Councils are proposing a policy which will provide a common legal position, meaning drivers who've committed serious criminal offences will never be licensed.

We believe the introduction of a new policy will provide greater confidence for those who use Hackney carriage and private hire vehicles and will also ensure our passengers are as safe as possible."

Councillor Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council

Vulnerable children in Bradford 'at risk of harm' - Report

Vulnerable children in Bradford are being put in danger, with inspectors saying the city's Children's Services have "rapidly deteriorated", according to the Local Democracy Reporting Service.

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A report released today by Ofsted says Bradford Council's Children Services is "inadequate", with the watchdog saying children are "at risk of serious harm".

The main reason for the drop in quality in the past 18 months has been a huge increase in demand for services, the report adds.

It comes at the same time as a "significant" number of staff have left the council's children's services, it adds.

Responding, Susan Hinchcliffe, the leader of Bradford Council, says: "We are very sorry this has happened and we will act quickly and address it.

"We have increased spending in children's services by 6% this year, but we are going to have to spend more on Children's Services and we will deliver rapid improvements."

Listen: Bradford £21m market redevelopment a step closer

Early design ideas for a £21m redevelopment of Bradford's two city centre markets, due to open in 2021, will be presented to councillors later.

They include moving the food market element into Marks & Spencer's old Darley Street home which has been empty since the opening of The Broadway Centre in 2015.

Negotiations are also taking place to upgrade the non-food market in the Kirkgate Centre.

David Crompton works at a butchers in the John Street site and loves the idea, but says he's getting impatient for change:

Leeds flood worries after Bradford plan gets go-ahead

A Leeds city councillor has spoken out against a decision to build an industrial estate on a flood plain in Keighley, claiming people in Leeds could suffer, according to the Local Democracy Reporting Service.

Flooding in Leeds
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Bradford Council voted this week to approve the plans for an industrial park off Royd Ings Avenue, next to the River Aire, despite concerns from the Environment Agency it could create a higher risk of floods further down the river in Shipley and Bingley.

The decision to build on the flood plain was made just hours before Leeds City Council's development plan panel discussed plans for a £112m scheme to reduce the risk of flooding further down the River Aire.

Leeds Conservative councillor Barry Anderson, who sits on the panel, said he felt the decision was unfair on Leeds.

Mr Anderson (pictured) said: "We have a duty of cooperation. We should be working together and we should not be making decisions without communicating with each other.

"If people get it wrong in Bradford, it's likely to be Leeds people that suffer, so yes, I do have concerns.

"We should cooperate much more - at the moment it seems to be putting our fingers in our ears and seeing what happens."

Decision-makers in Bradford who voted to approve the plans, argued the benefits of a multi million pound investment and hundreds of new jobs in Keighley outweighed the risks created by building on a flood plain.