Metropolitan Borough of Rotherham

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Borough of Rotherham
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Rotherham, known for its minster is the largest settlement and administrative centre of the borough.
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Where everyone matters
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Rotherham shown within South Yorkshire
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region Yorkshire and the Humber
Ceremonial county South Yorkshire
Admin. HQ Rotherham
  Type Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council
   Leadership:Leader & Cabinet
  Executive: Labour
   MPs: Alexander Stafford (Con),
John Healey (Lab),
Sarah Champion (Lab)
  Total110.6 sq mi (286.5 km2)
  Rank 136th
 (mid-2019 est.)
  Rank Ranked 60th
  Density2,400/sq mi (930/km2)
Time zone UTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
  Summer (DST) UTC+1 (British Summer Time)
ONS code 00CF (ONS)
E08000018 (GSS)
Ethnicity91.9% White British
4.1% 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, Swinton, Wath-upon-Dearne, Dinnington and also the villages of Rawmarsh and Laughton. A large valley also spans the entire borough. Locally known as the Rother Valley.


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

The borough borders City of Sheffield, Metropolitan Borough of Barnsley, City of Doncaster, Bassetlaw District in Nottinghamshire and North East Derbyshire and Bolsover District in Derbyshire. The borough is also close to the cities of Sheffield, Doncaster, Lincoln, Hull, Leeds, Bradford, Wakefield, Nottingham, Manchester and Derby.



Ethnic Group1991 [3] [4]
White: Total246,63798%
White: British --
White: Irish 1,2560.49%
White: Gypsy or Irish Traveller [note 1] --
White: Other --
Asian or Asian British: Total4,1311.64%
Asian or Asian British: Indian 489
Asian or Asian British: Pakistani 3,2441.28%
Asian or Asian British: Bangladeshi 32
Asian or Asian British: Chinese [note 2] 218
Asian or Asian British: Other Asian148
Black or Black British: Total3940.15%
Black or Black British: Caribbean 144
Black or Black British: African 85
Black or Black British: Other Black 165
Mixed: Total--
Mixed: White and Black Caribbean--
Mixed: White and Black African--
Mixed: White and Asian--
Mixed: Other Mixed--
Other: Total4750.18%
Other: Arab [note 3] --
Other: Any other ethnic group475

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
2016 election [5] 4814010
2014 election [6] 5010210
2012 election [7] 580410
2011 election [8] 540711
2010 election [9] 5001021
2008 election [2] 5001012
2007 election [10] 540720


  1. New category created for the 2011 census
  2. In 2001, listed under the 'Chinese or other ethnic group' heading.
  3. New category created for the 2011 census

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