City of Wakefield

Wakefield is a metropolitan borough with the status of a city in the metropolitan county of West Yorkshire in England. Administrative center is the city Wakefield. Other important towns in the Borough are Castleford, Featherstone, Hemsworth, Horbury, Knottingley, Normanton, Ossett, Pontefract, South Kirkby Moor and Thorpe and South Elmsall.

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 Wakefield, the Municipal Boroughs Castleford, Ossett and Pontefract, the Urban Districts Featherstone, Hemsworth, Horbury, Knottingley, Normanton and Stanley, Wakefield Rural District and parts of the Rural Districts Hemsworth and Osgoldcross. These authorities previously belonged to the county of West Riding of Yorkshire.

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


For the purpose of election of the Wakefield Wakefield Council is divided into five electoral districts: Wakefield East, Wakefield North, Wakefield Rural, Wakefield South and Wakefield West. Since the last municipal election in 2012 consists of the Council of Wakefield from 52 Labour MPs and nine Conservative MP.

For general election Wakefield is divided into three electoral districts Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford, Hemsworth and Wakefield, all of which are held by the Labour Party.


Wakefield is twinned with

  • Germany Alfeld (Leine), Germany
  • Russia Belgorod, Russia
  • France Castres, France
  • Germany Castrop -Rauxel, Germany
  • Spain Girona, Spain
  • France Henin- Beaumont, France
  • Germany Herne, Germany
  • Poland Konin, Poland