2022 Gateshead Council election
← 2021 5 May 2022 2023 →

22 of 66 seats on Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council
34 seats needed for a majority
Turnout35.3% Increase1.7%
  First party Second party
 
Leader Martin Gannon Jonathan Wallace
Party Labour Liberal Democrats
Last election 52 seats, 46.8% 13 seats, 20.6%
Seats won 51 seats, 49.9 15 seats, 24.5%
Seat change Decrease1 Increase2
Swing Increase3.1% Increase3.9

council control before election


Labour

Subsequent council control


Labour

The 2022 Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council election is currently taking place as of 5 May 2022. One third of councillors—22 out of 66—on Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council will be elected. The election will take place alongside other local elections across the United Kingdom.

In the previous council election in 2021, the Labour Party maintained its longsanding control of the council, holding 52 seats after the election with thirteen Liberal Democrats and one independent.

Background

Result of the council election when these seats were last contested in 2018
Result of the council election when these seats were last contested in 2018
Result of the most recent council election in 2021
Result of the most recent council election in 2021

The Local Government Act 1972 created a two-tier system of metropolitan counties and districts covering Greater Manchester, Merseyside, South Yorkshire, Tyne and Wear, the West Midlands, and West Yorkshire starting in 1974. Gateshead was a district of the Tyne and Wear metropolitan county.[1] The Local Government Act 1985 abolished the metropolitan counties, with metropolitan districts taking on most of their powers as metropolitan boroughs.

Gateshead Council has continuously been under Labour control since its creation. The Liberal Democrats have generally been the main opposition. In the most recent election in 2021, Labour won 19 seats on 46.8% of the vote and the Liberal Democrats won 5 seats on 20.6% of the vote. The Conservatives received 22.5% of the vote and the Green Party received 8.6% of the vote, but neither party won any seats.[2]

Positions up for election in 2022 were last election in 2018. In that election, Labour won 19 seats and the Liberal Democrats won four seats.[3]

Electoral process

The council elects its councillors in thirds, with a third being up for election every year for three years, with no election in the fourth year.[4][5] The election will take place by first-past-the-post voting, with wards generally being represented by three councillors, with one elected in each election year to serve a four-year term.

All registered electors (British, Irish, Commonwealth and European Union citizens) living in Gateshead aged 18 or over will be entitled to vote in the election. People who live at two addresses in different councils, such as university students with different term-time and holiday addresses, are entitled to be registered for and vote in elections in both local authorities. Voting in-person at polling stations will take place from 07:00 to 22:00 on election day, and voters will be able to apply for postal votes or proxy votes in advance of the election.

Previous council composition

After 2021 election Before 2022 election
Party Seats Party Seats
Labour 52 Labour 52
Liberal Democrats 13 Liberal Democrats 13
Independent 1 Independent 1

Results summary

2022 Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council election
Party This election Full council This election
Seats Net Seats % Other Total Total % Votes Votes % +/−
  Labour 17 Decrease 1 77.3 34 51 77.3 25,059 49.9 Increase3.1
  Liberal Democrats 5 Increase 1 22.7 10 15 22.7 12,305 24.5 Increase3.9
  Independent 0 Steady 0.0 0 0 0.0 60 0.1 Decrease0.3
  Conservative 0 Steady 0.0 0 0 0.0 8,306 16.5 Decrease6.0
  Green 0 Steady 0.0 0 0 0.0 4,104 8.2 Decrease0.4
  TUSC 0 Steady 0.0 0 0 0.0 315 0.6 Increase0.1
  Save Us Now 0 Steady 0.0 0 0 0.0 63 0.1 Decrease0.1

Results by ward

An asterisk indicates an incumbent councillor.

Birtley

Birtley[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Daniel Weatherley 984 46.4 Decrease 12.9
Liberal Democrats Paul Elliott 906 42.8 Increase 22.9
Conservative Richard Herdman 229 10.8 Decrease 5.7
Majority 78 3.6 Decrease 35.8
Turnout 2,128 34.7 Increase 3.2
Labour hold Swing Decrease17.9

Blaydon

Blaydon[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Lee-Ann Moir 1,087 52.9 Decrease 15.8
Conservative Susan Wilson 589 28.7 Increase 11.7
Green Ruth Ashford 230 11.2 Increase 4.1
Liberal Democrats Kamil Tankiewicz 149 7.3 Increase 1.7
Majority 498 24.2 Decrease 27.5
Turnout 2,072 29.1 Increase 0.6
Labour hold Swing Decrease13.8

Bridges

Bridges[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Angela Douglas* 1,013 65.9 Decrease 0.6
Conservative Martin Backley 271 17.6 Decrease 0.5
Liberal Democrats Gareth Cooper 253 16.5 Increase 7.9
Majority 742 48.3 Decrease 0.1
Turnout 1,554 27.2 Increase 1.4
Labour hold Swing Decrease0.05

Chopwell and Rowlands Gill

Chopwell and Rowlands Gill[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Lynne Caffrey* 1,648 61.7 Decrease 5.8
Conservative Brian Derrick 520 19.5 Increase 3.0
Green John Aspinall 311 11.7 Increase 2.5
Liberal Democrats Jean Callender 190 7.1 Increase 0.3
Majority 1,128 42.2 Decrease 8.8
Turnout 2,676 40.0 Increase 3.4
Labour hold Swing Decrease4.4

Chowdene

Chowdene[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Maureen Goldsworthy* 1,248 55.1 Decrease1.5
Conservative David Potts 463 20.4 Increase4.0
Liberal Democrats Norman Spours 314 13.9 Decrease2.6
Green Thomas Newell 175 7.7 Increase3.5
TUSC Marika Smith 66 2.9 Increase1.5
Majority 785 34.7 Decrease5.4
Turnout 2,273 34.3 Increase1.4
Labour hold Swing Decrease2.8

Crawcrook and Greenside

Crawcrook and Greenside[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Hugh Kelly* 1,324 45.4 Decrease12.4
Green Jack Philipson 913 31.3 Increase19.9
Conservative Christopher Coxon 502 17.2 Decrease3.5
Liberal Democrats Oliver Jones-Lyons 177 6.1 Decrease4.0
Majority 411 14.1 Decrease23.0
Turnout 2,922 41.2 Decrease4.7
Labour hold Swing Decrease16.2

Deckham

Deckham[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Martin Gannon* 1,165 59.9 Decrease4.7
Conservative Josh Knotts 332 17.1 Decrease1.1
Green Gary Rutherford Brooks 200 10.3 Increase3.7
Liberal Democrats Matthew Jordison 173 8.9 Increase2.0
TUSC Norman Hall 75 3.9 Increase0.2
Majority 833 42.8 Decrease3.6
Turnout 1,956 31.0 Increase2.1
Labour hold Swing Decrease1.8

Dunston and Teams

Dunston and Teams[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Dot Burnett* 1,057 61.5 Decrease8.1
Conservative Jordan-Lee Guthrie 303 17.6 Increase2.3
Green Andy Blanchflower 207 12.0 Increase2.5
Liberal Democrats Beth Gordon 151 8.8 Increase3.2
Majority 754 43.9 Decrease10.4
Turnout 1,722 28.1 Increase1.7
Labour hold Swing Decrease5.2

Dunston Hill and Whickham East

Dunston Hill and Whickham East[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Amelia Ord 1,232 48.7 Decrease3.9
Labour Andrew Moir 809 32.0 Decrease1.3
Conservative Jak Hocking 286 11.3 Increase4.3
Green Isabel Blanchflower 157 6.2 Increase3.2
Save Us Now Graham Steele 46 1.8 Decrease2.4
Majority 423 16.7 Decrease2.6
Turnout 2,533 38.5 Decrease5.1
Liberal Democrats hold Swing Decrease1.3

Felling

Felling[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Bill Dick* 932 59.4 Decrease13.3
Conservative Peter Jackson 263 16.8 Increase2.0
Liberal Democrats David Fawcett 236 15.0 Increase12.6
Green Neil Grant 138 8.8 New
Majority 669 42.6 Decrease15.3
Turnout 1,572 28.3 Increase0.7
Labour hold Swing Decrease7.7

High Fell

High Fell[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Judith Gibson* 991 58.1 Decrease7.8
Liberal Democrats Thomas Holder 284 16.7 Increase10.1
Conservative Francis Athey 245 14.4 Decrease2.3
TUSC Elaine Brunskill 117 6.9 Decrease3.8
Green Gabriel Rubinstein 68 4.0 New
Majority 707 41.4 Decrease7.8
Turnout 1,705 28.4 Increase2.0
Labour hold Swing Decrease9.0

Lamesley

Lamesley[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jane McCoid* 1,340 57.8 Decrease6.1
Conservative Sheila Everatt 605 26.1 Increase4.2
Liberal Democrats Daniel Clarke 203 8.8 Increase2.4
Green Ashleigh McLean 169 7.3 New
Majority 735 31.7 Decrease10.3
Turnout 2,325 32.2 Increase2.2
Labour hold Swing Decrease5.2

Lobley Hill and Bensham

Lobley Hill and Bensham[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Kevin Dodds* 1,274 59.3 Decrease2.8
Conservative John Gardiner 395 18.4 Decrease0.7
Liberal Democrats Jamie Rickelton 247 11.5 Increase2.7
Green Andy Redfern 234 10.9 Increase0.9
Majority 879 40.9 Decrease2.1
Turnout 2,164 31.5 Increase3.4
Labour hold Swing Decrease1.1

Low Fell

Low Fell[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Dawn Welsh 1,549 48.3 Decrease2.2
Labour Calvin Lawson 1,179 36.8 Increase3.2
Conservative Paul Sterling 262 8.2 Decrease2.5
Green Mark Gorman 217 6.8 Increase2.6
Majority 370 11.5 Decrease5.4
Turnout 3,217 46.7 Increase1.2
Liberal Democrats hold Swing Decrease2.7

Pelaw and Heworth

Pelaw and Heworth[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Amanda Wintcher 1,255 52.3 Increase8.9
Labour Anne Wheeler 995 41.5 Decrease6.6
Conservative Ali Pargam 149 6.2 Decrease2.2
Majority 260 10.8 Increase6.1
Turnout 2,412 37.5 Increase3.9
Liberal Democrats gain from Labour Swing Increase7.8

Ryton, Crookhill and Stella

Ryton, Crookhill and Stella[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Freda Geddes* 1,650 59.7 Increase34.7
Conservative Louise Prince 452 16.4 Increase12.3
Green Andrew Mason 336 12.2 Increase9.5
Liberal Democrats Lynda Duggan 267 9.7 Decrease12.5
TUSC Ros Cooper 57 2.1 Increase1.2
Majority 1,198 43.3 Increase40.5
Turnout 2,776 40.4 Increase3.1
Labour hold Swing Increase11.2

Saltwell

Saltwell[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Adams* 984 48.6 Decrease13.6
Liberal Democrats Leanne Brand 771 38.1 Increase29.4
Conservative Robert Ableson 191 9.4 Decrease11.3
Independent Rachel Mary Cabral 60 3.0 New
Save Us Now Craig Gallagher 17 0.8 New
Majority 213 10.5 Decrease31.0
Turnout 2,032 33.6 Increase4.0
Labour hold Swing Decrease21.5

Wardley and Leam Lane

Wardley and Leam Lane[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Sharron Potts 1,275 61.9 Decrease2.9
Conservative John McNeil 395 19.2 Decrease1.0
Liberal Democrats Robinson Stanaway 203 9.8 Increase0.7
Green Alan Price 188 9.1 Increase3.2
Majority 880 42.7 Decrease1.9
Turnout 2,072 34.8 Increase3.1
Labour hold Swing Decrease1.0

Whickham North

Whickham North[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Peter Craig* 1,510 61.1 Increase1.0
Labour Jeff Bowe 707 28.6 Decrease1.3
Conservative John Callanan 255 10.3 Increase0.4
Majority 803 32.5 Increase2.3
Turnout 2,479 40.1 Decrease0.4
Liberal Democrats hold Swing Increase1.2

Whickham South and Sunniside

Whickham South and Sunniside[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Marilynn Ord* 1,770 60.1 Decrease6.6
Labour Michael Hall 695 23.6 Increase1.4
Conservative Perry Wilson 346 11.7 Increase0.7
Green Helen McDonald 136 4.6 New
Majority 1,075 36.5 Decrease8.0
Turnout 2,955 45.0 Decrease0.7
Liberal Democrats hold Swing Decrease4.0

Windy Nook and Whitehills

Windy Nook and Whitehills[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Tom Graham* 1,259 58.8 Decrease12.5
Conservative Kyle Murray 430 20.1 Increase0.5
Liberal Democrats Susan Walker 315 14.7 Increase5.5
Green Ruth Grant 137 6.4 New
Majority 829 38.7 Decrease13.0
Turnout 2,156 30.9 Increase2.0
Labour hold Swing Decrease6.5

Winlaton and High Spen

Winlaton and High Spen[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Pamela Burns* 1,443 53.4 Decrease11.0
Conservative Lewis Ormston 823 30.4 Increase9.4
Green Paul McNally 288 10.7 Increase3.7
Liberal Democrats David Randall 150 5.5 Decrease2.1
Majority 620 23.0 Decrease20.4
Turnout 2,709 39.9 Increase3.6
Labour hold Swing Decrease10.2

References

  1. ^ Local Government in England and Wales: A Guide to the New System. London: HMSO. 1974. p. 7. ISBN 0-11-750847-0.
  2. ^ Soden, Herbert (14 April 2021). "Gateshead Council 2021 local election results in full". ChronicleLive. Retrieved 26 March 2022.
  3. ^ "Local election results 2018". Gateshead Council. Retrieved 28 March 2022.
  4. ^ "Local government structure and elections". GOV.UK. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Election Timetable in England" (PDF).
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v "Candidates standing for election" (PDF). Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council. Retrieved 12 April 2022.