Barnsley Independent Group

Barnsley Independent Group is a British political party in Barnsley, England.

The party was founded in January 2006 by a group of Independent councillors on Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, described as "dissident former "old labour" councillors".[1] At that time they had seven councillors, and in the local elections that May they fielded 17 candidates.[2] They have contested council elections since.

The party leader is Phillip Birkinshaw, but there are no whips and membership is only open to councillors and candidates, which the party says is to prevent influence from being exerted in the background by a party structure or powerful individuals. All candidates pay their own expenses.[3]

After the 2007 elections the Group had 22 councillors,[4] and 24 after the 2008 elections.[5] Despite threatening to overtake Labour as the largest party on Barnsley Council in 2008, BIG's fortunes have dramatically altered, being reduced to 5 councillors after suffering massive losses in the 2012 Local Elections,[6] and with the Group only able to field 5 candidates in 2015 and reduced to four councillors in 2016. The Group was further reduced at the 2018 local elections, fielding just two candidates in the Dodworth and Stairfoot wards, losing in both and being reduced to two councillors (Philip Birkinshaw in Dodworth and Gill Carr in Worsbrough-both next up for election in 2020).

References

  1. ^ Tingle, Len (25 September 2009). "Love for Labour lost". Politics Show. BBC. Retrieved 2012-11-08.
  2. ^ Hakala, Anna (25 April 2006). "The rise of the Independents". BBC News. Retrieved 2012-11-08.
  3. ^ "Who are we". Barnsley Independent Group. Retrieved 2012-11-08.
  4. ^ "Local Elections: Small groups hold balance in hung city". Yorkshire Post. 5 May 2007. Retrieved 2012-11-08.
  5. ^ "Lib Dems take power in Sheffield". BBC News. 2 May 2008. Retrieved 2012-11-08.
  6. ^ "LOCAL ELECTIONS: Labour majority grows in Barnsley - VIDEO". The Star. 8 May 2010. Retrieved 2012-11-08.

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2006 Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council election

The 2006 Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council election took place on 4 May 2006 to elect members of Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council in South Yorkshire, England. One third of the council was up for election, with an extra vacancy in Penistone East caused by a resignation, and the Labour party stayed in overall control of the council.

2007 Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council election

The 2007 Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council election took place on 3 May 2007 to elect members of Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council in South Yorkshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Labour party stayed in overall control of the council.

2008 Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council election

The 2008 Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council election took place on 1 May 2008 to elect members of Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council in South Yorkshire, England. One third of the council, alongside an additional vacancy in Old Town was up for election. Prior to the election the defending councillor in Penistone West, having earlier defected from Conservative to the Barnsley Independent Group, fought the election as an Independent. The Labour party stayed in overall control of the council.

2010 Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council election

The 2010 Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council election took place on 6 May 2010 to elect members of Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council in South Yorkshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Labour party stayed in overall control of the council.After the election, the composition of the council was

Labour 37

Barnsley Independent Group 18

Conservative 6

Liberal Democrat 1

Independent 1

2011 Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council election

The 2011 Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council election took place on 5 May 2011 to elect members of Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council in South Yorkshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Labour party stayed in overall control of the council.After the election, the composition of the council was

Labour 43

Barnsley Independent Group 13

Conservative 6

Independent 1

2015 Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council election

The 2015 Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council election took place on 7 May 2015 to elect members of Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council in England as part of the 2015 United Kingdom local elections. Councillors retiring at this election were Cllrs. Betty Barlow (Worsborough); Tracey Cheetham (Royston); Brian Key (Darfield); and Tom Sheard (Kingstone) (all L); Dave North (North East) and Brian Perrin (Dodworth) from the Barnsley Independent Group; and Anne Rusby (Penistone West) (C).

Barnsley

Barnsley () is a town in South Yorkshire, England, located halfway between Leeds and Sheffield. Historically in the West Riding of Yorkshire, the town centre lies on the west bank of the Dearne Valley. Barnsley is surrounded by several smaller settlements which together form the Metropolitan Borough of Barnsley, of which Barnsley is the largest and its administrative centre. At the 2011 Census, Barnsley had a population of 91,297.Barnsley is a former industrial town centred on linen in its former years and coal mining, glassmaking and textiles. The industries declined in the 20th century. Barnsley's culture is rooted in its industrial heritage and it has a tradition of brass bands, originally created as social clubs by its mining communities. It is also home of the Barnsley chop.

The town is accessed from junctions 36, 37 and 38 of the M1 motorway and has a railway station on the Hallam and Penistone Lines. Barnsley F.C. is the local football club, which has competed in the second tier of British football for most of its history. Barnsley F.C. also won the FA Cup in 1912.

The town of Barnsley also has a Women's Football Club which is in the fourth tier of Women's Football. Barnsley Women's Football Club was formed in 1982 and finished 4th in the FA Women's National League Division 1 North in the 2018/19 Season.

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council is the local authority of the Metropolitan Borough of Barnsley in South Yorkshire, England. It is a metropolitan district council, one of four in South Yorkshire and one of 36 in the metropolitan counties of England, and provides the majority of local government services in Barnsley.

List of political parties in the United Kingdom

This article lists political parties in the United Kingdom.

Metropolitan Borough of Barnsley

The Metropolitan Borough of Barnsley is a metropolitan borough of South Yorkshire, England; its main town is Barnsley.

The borough is bisected by the M1 motorway; it is rural to the west, and largely urban/industrial to the east. 68% of Barnsley's 32,863 hectares is green belt and 9% is national park land, the majority of which is West of the M1. In 2007 it was estimated that Barnsley had 224,600 residents, measured at the 2011 census as 231,221. nine tenths of whom live east of the M1.

The borough was formed under the Local Government Act 1972, by a merger of the county borough of Barnsley with Cudworth, Darfield, Darton, Dearne, Dodworth, Hoyland Nether, Penistone, Royston, Wombwell and Worsborough urban districts, along with Penistone Rural District, part of Hemsworth Rural District and part of Wortley Rural District, all in the West Riding of Yorkshire.

The borough now forms part of both the Sheffield City Region and the Leeds City Region.

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