City of Bradford

Bradford is a metropolitan borough with the status of a city in the metropolitan county of West Yorkshire in England. Administrative center is the city of Bradford, in the nearly two-thirds of the population lives. Other important towns in the Borough are Addingham, Baildon, Bingley, Burley in Wharfedale, Denholme, Haworth, Ilkley, Keighley, Menston, Oxenhope, Saltaire, Shipley, Silsden and Thornton.

The reorganization of the limits and the capabilities of local authorities led in 1974 to form the Metropolitan Borough. Were fused while the County Borough of Bradford, the Keighley Borough, the Urban Districts Baildon, Bingley, Denholme, Ilkley, Shipley and Silsden, part of the Urban District Queensbury and Shelf and individual villages of the Skipton Rural District.

1986 Bradford was in fact a Unitary Authority, as the central government dissolved the overall management of West Yorkshire. Bradford remained for ceremonial purposes part of West Yorkshire, as well as for individual higher-level tasks such as police, fire and public transport.


At the last general election, 2010, Labour won the three constituencies of Bradford West, Bradford South and Bradford East, while the Conservatives won the two constituency Shipley and Keighley.

The city council has (as of 2013) no one party has an absolute majority: Labour 44, Conservative 23, Liberal Democrats 8, Greens 3, other 12


Bradford currently has the following twinning:

  • Skopje Macedonia Macedonia since 1963
  • Roubaix France France since 1969
  • Verviers Belgium since 1970
  • Mönchengladbach Germany Germany since 1971
  • Hamm Germany Germany since 1976
  • Galway Ireland Ireland since 1987
  • Mirpur, Azad Kashmir Pakistan Pakistan Friendship Treaty in 1998