Kirklees Metropolitan Borough Council

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Kirklees Metropolitan Borough Council
Third of council elected three years out of four
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Type
Type
Houses Unicameral
Term limits
None
History
Founded 1 April 1974
Leadership
Leader
David Sheard, Labour
Since 30 June 2016
Deputy Leader
Shabir Pandor, Labour
Since 30 June 2016
Structure
Seats 69 councillors
Joint committees
West Yorkshire Combined Authority
34 / 69
20 / 69
9 / 69
3 / 69
3 / 69
Elections
Multiple member first-past-the-post
Last election
2016 (one third of councillors)
Next election
2018 (one third of councillors)
Meeting place
Huddersfield Town Hall
Website
www.kirklees.gov.uk
Constitution
Constitution

Kirklees Metropolitan Borough Council, also known simply as Kirklees Council, is the local authority of the Metropolitan Borough of Kirklees in West Yorkshire, England. It is a metropolitan district council, one of five in West Yorkshire and one of 36 in the metropolitan counties of England, and provides the majority of local government services in Kirklees. Since 1 April 2014 it has been a constituent council of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.[1]

Since the councils inception in 1974 it has been controlled by both the Conservatives and Labour on occasions. However, since 1999 no single political party has had control of the council and as such the council is currently in a state of "No Overall Control".[2]

History[edit]

The council was formed in 1974 by the Local Government Act 1972, with the first elections being held in advance in 1973.

Until 1986 the council was a second-tier authority, with West Yorkshire County Council providing many key services. However, the metropolitan county councils were abolished under the Local Government Act 1985 and the council took responsibility for all former County Council functions except policing, fire services and public transport which continue to be run on a joint basis by councillors from the former boroughs of West Yorkshire County Council.

In 2004 the wards of the council were redrawn, and there was therefore a general election of the entire council.[3] The local government election in June 2004 was for all seats of the council. The electorate were given three votes each to fill the three seats of each ward. The candidate with the most votes was elected for the standard four years, the candidate with the second highest number of votes was elected for three years and the candidate with the third highest number of votes was elected for two years; their seat therefore being up for re-election in 2006.

Kirklees Council "Ratesgate" Scandal[edit]

In June 2016 local newspaper The Huddersfield Daily Examiner exposed four serving councillors who had failed to pay their council tax.[4] It was revealed that Labour councillors Jean Calvert, Amanda Pinnock, Mohammed Sarwar and Amanda Stubley had all been issued with court summons for non-payment of council tax after previously receiving several reminders. Initially all councillors denied the allegations.[4]

Councillor Calvert who was deputy leader of the council and a former Mayor and Councillor Amanda Pinnock were soon suspended from the Labour Party pending an investigation for "bringing the Labour Party into disrepute".[5] It was the second time in as many years that Councillor Calvert had failed to pay her council tax on time. Councillor Pinnock meanwhile accused the local newspaper The Huddersfield Daily Examiner of being racist.[5]

Councillor Mohammed Sarwar who owed £1,186.16 explained his reasons for his actions. Councillor Amanda Stubley failed to comment.[6]

All four councillors subsequently paid their debts before facing the court.[4]

2016 Kirklees Council Leadership Challenge[edit]

Shortly after the 2016 local elections the incumbent leader of the council, David Sheard, was voted out of the position by his own party (Labour).[7] He lost a vote by 19 votes to 13 in favour of Councillor Shabir Pandor who became Leader of the Kirklees Labour Party and Leader Elect of the council.[8] This resulted in social media postings.[8][9]

On 25 May 2016 Councillor Pandor was put forward to full council by the Kirklees Labour Party for election as leader of the council. He lost the vote by 33 votes to 31.[10] Conservative, Liberal Democrat, Green and Independent councillors voted against the leader elect, whilst four Labour Party councillors did not attend the Full Council AGM.[10] As such Councillor Pandor did not secure the leadership of Kirklees Council.[10] The leaders of all three opposition parties did not support Councillor Pandor.[11]

As a result, the council was run temporarily by the Chief Executive - Adrian Lythgo - between May and June 2016.[10]

In June 2016 Cllr Shabir Pandor stepped down as Leader of the Kirklees Labour Party & Councillor David Sheard was re-elected Leader of the Kirklees Labour Party & Cllr Shabir Pandor was elected as the Deputy Leader of Kirklees Labour Party. Cllr David Sheard was also re-elected Leader of Kirklees Council, with Councillor Shabir Pandor as Deputy Leader.[12]

Elections[edit]

Electoral arrangements[edit]

The borough is divided into 23 wards and each is represented on the borough council by three councillors: the council therefore has 69 members. Elections are held by thirds, with one councillor in each ward being elected for a four-year term in three years out of four on first past the post basis. Exceptions to this include by-elections and ward boundary changes.

Political history[edit]

All three of the United Kingdom's main political parties: the Labour Party, the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats have had strong representation on the council. Each of the parties has formed the largest group on the council at some point in the last fifteen years, although none has been able to gain a majority. Each party has a number of "safe" wards, where they have held all or most of the seats at each election since 2004:[13][14]

  • The Conservative Party: Birstall & Birkenshaw, Holme Valley South, Liversedge & Gomersal and Mirfield.
  • The Labour Party: Ashbrow, Batley East, Batley West, Heckmondwike, Dewsbury East, Dewsbury West, Dewsbury South and Greenhead wards.
  • The Liberal Democrats: Almondbury, Cleckheaton and Colne Valley.

Most of the other wards may be seen as "marginal", with different parties capturing them in different years.

The Green Party has been represented on the council since 1996, when they won a seat in the Newsome ward. Since then, the ward has consistently elected Green Party councillors. The ward is centred on Newsome village, but also includes Lowerhouses, Lockwood, Berry Brow, Hall Bower, Taylor Hill, Primrose Hill, Armitage Bridge, Ashenhurst and Salford. Also included in the ward is the majority of Huddersfield town centre, the university campus, halls of residence and other student accommodation.[15]

The British National Party succeeded in having a councillor elected for Heckmondwike in 2004.[13] They increased their representation to three councillors at the 2006 elections when they gained a further councillor at Heckmondwike and one at Dewsbury East. The party lost one of their Heckmondwike seats at the 2008 election to Labour.[13] The Dewsbury councillor subsequently quit the party to become an independent, before resigning the seat which was won by Labour at a by-election in October 2008.[16][17] The party therefore had a single councillor in 2009 who lost in 2010 and so there are currently no BNP Councillors. All the BNP councillors were in North Kirklees covering the Batley and Dewsbury areas.

In 2006 a "Save Huddersfield NHS" group was formed to campaign against plans to move medical services from Huddersfield Royal Infirmary to Halifax. The group fielded three candidates at the borough elections, and a local general practitioner unseated a sitting Liberal Democrat councillor in the Crosland Moor & Netherton ward.[18] The group ran candidates in the same ward in 2007 and 2008 but they failed to be elected.

Current political make-up[edit]

As of the 2016 elections the council remains in "No Overall Control", with Labour 1 seat short of a majority.

The political make-up of the council is as follows;

Party political make-up of Kirklees Council
   Party Seats Current Council (2016)
2012[19] 2014[20] 2015[21]
  Labour 32 32 34                                                                                                                                          
  Conservative 18 18 18                                                                                                                                          
  Liberal Democrat 10 10 10                                                                                                                                          
  Green Party 5 5 4                                                                                                                                          
  Independent 4 4 3                                                                                                                                          
34 20 9 3 3
Labour Conservative Liberal Democrat Green Ind

Previous election results[edit]

2016 election[edit]

Summary of the May 2016 Kirklees Metropolitan Borough Council election results
Parties
Seats Gains Losses Net
Gain/Loss
Labour 34 1 1 0
Conservative 20 3 1 +2
Liberal Democrat 9 1 2 -1
Green 3 0 1 -1
Independent 3 0 0 0

2015 election[edit]

Summary of the May 2015 Kirklees Metropolitan Borough Council election results
Parties
Seats Gains Losses Net
Gain/Loss
Labour 34 2 0 +2
Conservative 18 1 1 0
Liberal Democrat 10 0 0 0
Green 4 0 1 -1
Independent 3 0 1 -1

2014 election[edit]

Summary of the May 2014 Kirklees Metropolitan Borough Council election results
Parties
Seats Gains Losses Net
Gain/Loss
Labour 32 0 0 0
Conservative 18 0 0 0
Liberal Democrat 10 0 0 0
Green 5 0 0 0
Independent 4 0 0 0

2012 election[edit]

Summary of the May 2012 Kirklees Metropolitan Borough Council election results
Parties
Seats Gains Losses Net
Gain/Loss
Labour 32 5 0 +5
Conservative 18 1 4 -3
Liberal Democrat 10 0 4 -4
Green 5 1 0 +1
Independent 4 1 0 +1

2011 election[edit]

Summary of the May 2011 Kirklees Metropolitan Borough Council election results
Parties
Seats Gains Losses Net
Gain/Loss
Labour 27 3 0 +3
Conservative 21 2 0 +2
Liberal Democrat 14 0 6 -6
Green 4 0 0 0
Independent 3 0 0 0

2010 election[edit]

Summary of the May 2010 Kirklees Metropolitan Borough Council election results
Parties
Seats Gains Losses Net
Gain/Loss
Labour 24 2 0 +2
Conservative 19 0 2 -2
Liberal Democrat 20 1 0 +1
Green 4 0 0 0
Independent 2 0 0 0

Summary of election results 1973 - 2016[edit]

The first elections to Kirklees council were held on 10 May 1973, with the councillors serving as a shadow authority until 1 April of the next year. A system of elections by thirds was then introduced from 1975, with polls being held in three years out of four. This continued until 1982 when new ward boundaries were introduced, and an election of the whole council was held.[22] Elections by thirds continued from that date until 2016.

Election Labour Conservative Liberal Democrat/Liberal UKIP Green Independent Other Control
1973[23] 45 14 8 0 0 1 0 Labour
1975[24] 36 28 7 0 0 1 0 Labour hold
1976[25] 25 50 9 0 0 0 0 Conservative gain from Labour
1978[26] 15 48 9 0 0 0 0 Conservative hold
1979[27] 32 35 5 0 0 0 0 Conservative lose to no overall control
1980[28] 44 25 3 0 0 0 0 Labour gain from no overall control
1982[22][29] 37 19 12 0 0 0 4 Labour hold
1983[30] 37 20 12 0 0 0 3 Labour hold
1984[31] 37 18 14 0 0 0 3 Labour hold
1986[32] 36 18 17 0 0 1 0 Labour hold
1987[33] 33 21 18 0 0 0 0 Labour lose to no overall control
1988[34] 33 23 15 0 0 1 0 No overall control
1990[35] 45 15 12 0 0 0 0 Labour gain from no overall control
1992[36] 41 19 10 0 0 2 0 Labour hold
1994[37] 35 21 15 0 0 1 0 Labour lose to no overall control
1995[38] 40 16 14 0 0 2 0 Labour gain from no overall control
1996[39] 45 6 18 0 1 1 1 vacancy Labour hold
1998[40] 43 7 20 0 2 0 0 Labour hold
1999[41] 36 10 23 0 3 0 0 Labour lose to no overall control
2000[42] 25 15 29 0 3 0 0 No overall control
2002[43] 26 15 28 0 3 0 0 No overall control
2003[44] 22 16 31 0 3 0 0 No overall control
2004[45] 17 22 25 0 3 1 1 No overall control
2006[46] 20 21 20 0 3 1 4 No overall control
2007[47] 22 20 18 0 4 1 4 No overall control
2008[48] 22 21 19 0 4 0 3 No overall control
2010[49] 24 19 20 0 4 2 0 No overall control
2011[50] 27 21 14 0 4 3 0 No overall control
2012[51] 32 18 10 0 5 4 0 No overall control
2014[52] 32 18 10 0 5 4 0 No overall control
2015[53] 34 18 10 0 4 3 0 No overall control
2016[54] 34 20 9 0 3 3 0 No overall control

Mayors[edit]

A list of the previous Mayor's of Kirklees.

Name Party Years
Councillor Reginald Hartley, M.B.E., J.P Labour 1974–1975
Councillor William Gregory Labour 1975–1976
Councillor Andrew Alastair Mason Conservative 1976–1977
Councillor Jack Brooke Conservative 1977–1978
Councillor Charles Cyril Kenchington, M.B.E., Major (Retired) Independent 1978–1979
Councillor Donald White Labour 1979–1980
Councillor Marjorie Fisher Labour 1980–1981
Councillor Fred Pickles, J.P. Labour 1981–1982
Councillor Jack Wood Labour 1982–1983
Councillor Alfred Ramsden Labour 1983–1984
Councillor Stanley Dawson Labour 1984–1985
Councillor Colin C. Walker, J.P. Labour 1985–1986
Councillor Mary Walsh Labour 1986–1987
Councillor George Speight, J.P. Labour 1987–1988
Councillor John Greaves Holt Conservative 1988–1989
Councillor Colin Watson Labour 1989–1990
Councillor Thomas Patrick O'Donovan Labour 1990–1991
Councillor Jack Brooke Labour 1991–1992
Councillor David A. Wright, O.B.E., J.P. Labour 1992–1993
Councillor John Mernagh, J.P. Labour 1993–1994
Councillor Harold Sheldon Labour 1994–1995
Councillor Kenneth Douglas Sims Conservative 1995–1996
Councillor Allison Harrison Labour 1996–1997
Councillor Rita Briggs Labour 1997–1998
Councillor Michael Bower Liberal Democrats 1998–1999
Councillor Harry Fox Labour 1999–2000
Councillor Ann Elspeth Denham Conservative 2000–2001
Councillor Mohan Singh Sokhal, J.P. Labour 2001–2002
Councillor Margaret R. Bates, D.L. Conservative 2002–2003
Councillor Barbara Allonby Liberal Democrats 2003–2004
Councillor Mary Harkin Labour 2004–2005
Councillor Margaret Fearnley Liberal Democrats 2005–2006
Councillor Donald Firth Conservative 2006–2007
Councillor Jean Calvert Labour 2007–2008
Councillor Kamran Hussain Liberal Democrats 2008–2009
Councillor Julie Stewart-Turner Green Party 2009–2010
Councillor Andrew Palfreeman Conservative 2010–2011
Councillor Eric Firth Labour 2011–2012
Councillor David Ridgway Liberal Democrats 2012–2013
Councillor Martyn Bolt Conservative 2013–2014
Councillor Ken Smith Labour 2014–2015
Councillor Paul Kane Labour 2015–2016
Councillor Jim Dodds Conservative 2016–Present

Area committees[edit]

The borough council has divided its area into twelve areas, made up of groupings of wards. Area committees consist of the metropolitan borough councillors for the local wards, parish councillors and co-opted members of "partner agencies". The committees scrutinise local services, formulate community action plans and liaise with the community.[55]

The committee areas and their constituent wards are as follows:[55]

  • Batley (Batley East, Batley West)
  • Birstall and Birkenshaw (Birstall, Birkenshaw)
  • Colne Valley (Colne Valley, Golcar)
  • Denby Dale (Denby Dale)
  • Dewsbury (Dewsbury East, Dewsbury South, Dewsbury West)
  • Holme Valley North (Holme Valley North)
  • Holme Valley South (Holme Valley South)
  • Huddersfield North (Ashbrow, Greenhead and Lindley)
  • Huddersfield South (Almondbury, Crosland Moor & Netherton, Dalton & Newsome)
  • Kirkburton (Kirkburton)
  • Mirfield (Mirfield)
  • Spen Valley (Cleckheaton, Heckmondwike and Liversedge & Gomersal)

Localities[edit]

A number of services in the borough are delivered on a "locality" basis. Examples include West Yorkshire Police, National Health Service Primary Care Trusts, and the Kirklees Children and Young People Service.[56] The seven localities are:

  • Batley, Birstall and Birkenshaw
  • Denby Dale and Kirkburton
  • Dewsbury and Mirfield
  • Huddersfield North
  • Huddersfield South
  • Spen Valley
  • The Valleys (The Colne and Holme Valleys)

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