2022 Newcastle City Council election
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26 of 78 seats on Newcastle City Council
40 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party
 
Leader Nick Kemp Nick Cott
Party Labour Liberal Democrats
Last election 52 seats, 39.2% 20 seats, 19.5%
Seats won 51 21
Seat change Decrease1 Increase1

  Third party Fourth party
 
Leader Jason Smith
Party Independent Newcastle Independents
Last election 4 seats, 7.0% 2 seats, 6.8%

council control before election


Labour

Subsequent council control

Nick Kemp
Labour

The 2022 Newcastle City Council election took place on 5 May 2022. One third of councillors — 26 out of 78 — on Newcastle City Council were elected. The election took place alongside other local elections across the United Kingdom.

In the previous council election in 2021, the Labour Party maintained its control of the council, holding 52 seats after the election. There were twenty Liberal Democrat councillors, four independent councillors and two Newcastle Independents.

Background

History

Result of the 2021 council election
Result of the 2021 council election

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. Newcastle 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. The North of Tyne Combined Authority was created in 2018 and began electing the mayor of the North of Tyne from 2019, which was given strategic powers covering a region covering some of the same area as the former Tyne and Wear metropolitan county, as well as Northumberland.[2]

Since its creation, Newcastle has variously been under Labour, Liberal Democrat and Conservative control. The Liberal Democrats held a majority of seats on the council from 2004 until 2011, when Labour gained enough seats to control the council. Nick Forbes became leader of the council. Labour continued to gain seats until the 2019 election, when the party lost two seats but continued to have an overall majority. In the 2021 Newcastle City Council election, Labour lost another two seats to hold 52, having won 18 of the 28 up for election with 39.2% of the vote. The Liberal Democrats held 20 seats, having received 19.5% of the vote. Four independents and two Newcastle Independents completed the council, with independent candidates receiving 7.0% of the vote across the borough and Newcastle Independents candidate receiving 6.8% of the vote. The Conservatives received 17.6% of the vote and the Green Party received 9.1% of the vote but neither party won any seats.[3]

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England produced new boundaries for Newcastle ahead of the 2018 election, meaning that the 2018 elections were all-out, with all councillors being elected before returning to electing by thirds. Candidates up for re-election in 2022 are those who came first in each ward in 2018.

Council term

Following the 2021 election, Nick Kemp challenged Nick Forbes for the council leadership. Forbes had served as a councillor since 2000, as Labour group leader since 2007 and council leader since 2011. Kemp had served as a councillor since 2002, and in 2020 had resigned as cabinet member for environmental and regulatory services, saying that he was being undermined. At the time, Forbes said that he had recently received complaints about Kemp.[4] Kemp stood against Forbes at the Labour Group's post-election annual general meeting; while another councillor, Karen Kilgour stood against the incumbent deputy leader Joyce McCarty.[5] Forbes won the contest with 30 votes to Kemp's 22. Kilgour, regarded as an ally to Kemp, was elected deputy leader by 28 votes to 24.[6]

The Liberal Democrat councillor Anita Lower died in July 2021 having served as a councillor for 25 years.[7] The Liberal Democrat candidate Thom Campion successfully defended the seat in the subsequent by-election, with Labour coming second.[8]

Forbes failed to win reselection as the Labour candidate for his ward after local members voted 13-4 to select another candidate, the local activist Abdul Samad, instead.[9] He said he wouldn't contest the selection, which he called an "ambush" by members on the left-wing of his party, or change wards, but that withdrawing from the election was "honourable choice".[10] He remained in position as council leader but asked for a new Labour group leader to be chosen ahead of the election so that voters would know what to expect from the Labour Party.[11] Three councillors sought to replace him: Kemp, Clare Penny-Evans and Irim Ali.[12] In the first round of voting, Kemp received 26 votes, Penny-Evans received 22 and Ali received four. Kemp was elected in the second round with 27 votes, while Penny-Evans received 24.[13] Kemp had previously been supported by left-wing councillors who saw Forbes as being more centrist.[13] He promised to give 10% of his salary as leader to a fund for community groups, and said that his leadership would contribute "fresh ideas, based on fundamental values of inclusivity and opportunity for all" to the city.[14]

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.[15][16] 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 Newcastle 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 50
Liberal Democrats 20 Liberal Democrats 20
Independent 4 Independent 3
Newcastle Independents 2 Newcastle Independents 3

Results summary

2022 Newcastle City Council election
Party This election Full council This election
Seats Net Seats % Other Total Total % Votes Votes % +/−
  Labour 19 Decrease 1 70.4 32 51 65.4 31,265 44.2 +5.0
  Liberal Democrats 7 Increase 1 25.9 14 21 26.9 16,556 23.4 +3.9
  Newcastle Independents 0 Steady 0.0 3 3 3.8 4,062 5.7 -1.1
  Independent 1 Steady 3.7 2 3 3.8 3,434 4.9 -2.1
  Conservative 0 Steady 0.0 0 0 0.0 9,552 13.5 -4.1
  Green 0 Steady 0.0 0 0 0.0 5,525 7.8 -1.3
  Northern Independence 0 Steady 0.0 0 0 0.0 267 0.4 N/A
  Communist 0 Steady 0.0 0 0 0.0 66 0.1 ±0.0
  Freedom Alliance 0 Steady 0.0 0 0 0.0 65 0.1 N/A
  North East 0 Steady 0.0 0 0 0.0 56 0.1 ±0.0
  Reform UK 0 Steady 0.0 0 0 0.0 28 <0.1 -0.3

Ward results

Arthur's Hill

Arthur's Hill
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Abdul Samad 916 67.3 Decrease11.1
Green Tom Registe 152 11.2 Decrease1.1
Conservative Maggie Birkmyre 126 9.3 Increase2.5
Newcastle Independents Joseph Eldridge 122 9.0 New
Liberal Democrats Tahir Siddique 44 3.2 Decrease0.7
Majority 763 56.1 Decrease10.0
Turnout 1,359 23.1 Decrease11.5
Labour hold Swing Decrease5.0

Benwell and Scotswood

Benwell and Scotswood (2 Seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Hazel Stephenson 1,687 61.6 Increase3.9
Labour Susan Anthony 1,492 54.5 Decrease3.2
Conservative Connor Shotton 640 23.4 Decrease3.5
Conservative Kenneth Wake 444 16.2 Decrease10.7
Newcastle Independents John Gordon 295 10.8 Increase2.5
Green Tony Roberts 251 9.2 Increase5.4
Liberal Democrats Hans-Christian Andersen 172 6.3 Increase3.0
Liberal Democrats Richard Scholfield 154 5.6 Increase2.3
Turnout 2,740 33.8 Decrease4.7
Labour hold
Labour hold

Blakelaw

Blakelaw
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Juna Sathian 1,227 59.9 Decrease0.6
Newcastle Independents Annie Hunter 479 23.4 New
Conservative Simon Bell 267 13.0 Decrease3.5
Liberal Democrats Hamed Aghajani 75 3.7 Decrease12.2
Majority 748 36.5 Decrease7.5
Turnout 2,048 29.1 Increase0.4
Labour hold Swing Decrease12.0

Byker

Byker
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Stephen Sheraton 1,241 65.0 Decrease4.9
Conservative Richard Tulip 286 15.0 Increase6.0
Green Phill James 274 14.4 Increase3.5
Liberal Democrats Stephen Psallidas 108 5.7 Decrease0.2
Majority 955 50.0 Decrease9.0
Turnout 1,909 27.4 Decrease4.4
Labour hold Swing Decrease5.5

Callerton and Throckley

Callerton and Throckley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Steve Fairlie 1,159 44.6 Decrease9.4
Newcastle Independents Sarah Armstrong 579 22.3 Increase6.4
Conservative John Dobie 498 19.2 Decrease11.7
Green Idwal John 248 9.5 New
Liberal Democrats Richard Morris 115 4.4 Decrease4.6
Majority 580 22.3 Decrease0.8
Turnout 2,599 33.2 Decrease0.5
Labour hold Swing Decrease7.9

Castle

Castle
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Thom Campion 1,866 53.1 Increase8.2
Labour Vince Barry-Stanners 963 27.4 Decrease1.5
Conservative John Watts 433 12.3 Decrease3.5
Green Andrew Thorp 186 5.3 Decrease2.4
Freedom Alliance Jeanette Holmes 65 1.9 New
Majority 903 25.8 Increase9.8
Turnout 3,513 34.4 Decrease3.7
Liberal Democrats hold Swing Increase4.9

Chapel

Chapel
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Marc Donnelly 3,434 85.7 Increase2.5
Labour Oskar Avery 310 7.7 Decrease5.7
Conservative Ian Forster 169 4.2 Decrease7.2
Green James Milne 50 1.2 New
Liberal Democrats Judith Steen 42 1.0 Decrease7.5
Majority 3,124 78.0 Increase8.2
Turnout 4,005 53.6 Decrease3.6
Independent hold Swing Increase4.1

Dene and South Gosforth

Dene and South Gosforth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Wendy Taylor 2,020 54.8 Increase0.9
Labour Nick Arnold 1074 29.1 Decrease5.4
Green Alistair Ford 316 8.6 Decrease2.8
Conservative Gerry Langley 275 7.5 Decrease2.3
Majority 946 25.7 Increase6.3
Turnout 3,685 49.7 Decrease1.3
Liberal Democrats hold Swing Increase3.2

Denton and Westerhope

Denton and Westerhope
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Dan Greenhough 1,384 47.6 Increase4.5
Newcastle Independents Adam Mitchell 1132 38.9 Increase5.4
Conservative Alexis Fernandes 289 9.9 Increase0.1
Liberal Democrats Elizabeth Dicken 104 3.6 Decrease5.5
Majority 252 8.7 Decrease10.7
Turnout 2,909 33.9 Decrease2.0
Labour hold Swing Increase10.9

Elswick

Elswick
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Miriam Mafemba 1,411 70.4 Decrease1.7
Conservative Saamiya Malik 243 12.1 Increase3.1
Green Peter Thomson 212 10.6 Increase0.4
Liberal Democrats David Faulkner 137 6.8 Increase1.7
Majority 1,168 58.3 Decrease3.6
Turnout 2,003 25.9 Decrease9.0
Labour hold Swing Decrease2.4

Fawdon and West Gosforth

Fawdon and West Gosforth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Brenda Hindmarsh 1,684 55.8 Decrease1.8
Labour Michael Bell 771 25.5 Decrease3.4
Conservative Stephen Axford 356 11.8 Increase0.2
Green Roger Whittaker 209 6.9 Decrease1.5
Majority 913 30.3 Increase1.6
Turnout 3,020 41.4 Decrease4.1
Liberal Democrats hold Swing Decrease0.8

Gosforth

Gosforth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Colin Ferguson 1,588 38.8 Decrease4.4
Conservative Doc Anand 1256 30.7 Increase1.9
Labour Milo Barnett 894 21.9 Decrease3.7
Green Frances Hinton 296 7.2 Decrease5.7
North East Brian Moore 56 1.4 New
Majority 332 8.1 Decrease6.3
Turnout 4,090 53.1 Increase2.0
Liberal Democrats hold Swing Decrease3.2

Heaton

Heaton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Lara Ellis 1,642 55.9 Increase5.9
Green Andrew Gray 545 18.5 Decrease13.4
Liberal Democrats Fiona Punchard 477 16.2 Decrease5.9
Conservative Dr Mel Bishop 209 7.1 Increase1.1
Communist Steve Handford 66 2.2 New
Majority 1,165 37.4 Increase19.3
Turnout 2,939 38.4 Decrease2.3
Labour hold Swing Increase9.7

Kenton

Kenton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ged Bell 1,553 62.7 Increase6.3
Liberal Democrats Robert Austin 469 18.9 Increase2.2
Conservative Iain Adams 454 18.3 Increase1.7
Majority 1,084 43.8 Increase4.1
Turnout 2,476 33.4 Decrease2.4
Labour hold Swing Increase2.1

Kingston Park South and Newbiggin Hall

Kingston Park South and Newbiggin Hall
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour George Pattison 1,428 66.3 Increase8.1
Conservative Leanne Conway-Wilcox 505 23.4 Increase4.0
Liberal Democrats Colin Steen 221 10.3 Decrease8.4
Majority 923 42.9 Increase4.1
Turnout 2,154 30.6 Decrease4.6
Labour hold Swing Increase2.1

Lemington

Lemington
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Barry Phillipson 1,207 47.4 Decrease8.0
Newcastle Independents Nix Joanne 1019 40.0 Increase13.0
Conservative Zak Mudie 181 7.1 Decrease5.1
Green Kat Brennan 77 3.0 Decrease3.7
Liberal Democrats Robert Petrie 64 2.5 Decrease3.6
Majority 188 7.4 Decrease21.0
Turnout 2,548 35.2 Decrease0.9
Labour hold Swing Decrease10.5

Manor Park

Manor Park
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Doreen Huddart 1,586 52.1 Decrease1.3
Labour Stephen Barry-Stanners 930 30.5 Decrease4.0
Conservative Stephen Dawes 292 9.6 Increase0.6
Green Mike Rabley 237 7.8 Increase3.0
Majority 656 21.6 Increase2.7
Turnout 3,045 42.9 Decrease3.8
Liberal Democrats hold Swing Decrease1.4

Monument

Monument
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jane Byrne 839 65.3 Decrease1.5
Green Ian Appleby 205 16.0 Decrease2.7
Conservative William Hayes 121 9.4 Decrease5.5
Liberal Democrats David Partington 120 9.3 Decrease1.1
Majority 634 49.3 Increase1.2
Turnout 1,285 20.4 Decrease5.8
Labour hold Swing Decrease0.6

North Jesmond

North Jesmond
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Stella Postlethwaite 885 43.2 Decrease2.2
Liberal Democrats Philip Browne 845 41.3 Increase0.6
Green Shehla Naqvi 151 7.4 Decrease5.6
Conservative Aaron Whelan Harvey 138 6.7 Decrease7.3
Reform UK Dom Eiben 28 1.4 New
Majority 40 1.9 Decrease2.8
Turnout 2,047 35.4 Decrease2.0
Labour hold Swing Decrease1.4

Ouseburn

Ouseburn
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Mike Cookson 856 44.2 Decrease2.1
Labour Paula Holland 831 42.9 Decrease8.7
Green Nick Hartley 198 10.2 Decrease3.8
Conservative Alex Wang-Evans 52 2.7 Decrease2.3
Majority 25 1.3 Decrease4.0
Turnout 1,946 28.4 Decrease7.6
Liberal Democrats gain from Labour Swing Increase3.3

Parklands

Parklands
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Robin Ashby 2,085 49.3 Increase2.8
Labour Christopher Bartlett 825 19.5 Decrease3.4
Conservative Andrew Burnett 508 12.0 Decrease10.3
Newcastle Independents John Hall 436 10.3 New
Green Audrey Macnaughton 371 8.8 Decrease1.5
Majority 1,260 29.8 Increase6.2
Turnout 4,225 47.3 Decrease4.1
Liberal Democrats hold Swing Increase3.1

South Jesmond

South Jesmond
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Laura Cummings 1,078 58.8 Increase1.1
Conservative Joshua Clark 265 14.5 Decrease1.9
Green Tim Dowson 241 13.2 Decrease3.6
Liberal Democrats Tom Appleby 236 12.9 Decrease4.6
Majority 813 44.3 Increase4.1
Turnout 1,832 29.7 Increase1.3
Labour hold Swing Increase1.5

Walker

Walker
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Stokel-Walker 1,380 71.8 Decrease0.9
Conservative Marie Summersby 290 15.1 Increase4.4
Green Tom Whatson 130 6.8 Increase0.2
Liberal Democrats Bill Shepherd 123 6.4 Increase1.1
Majority 1,090 56.7 Decrease5.3
Turnout 1,923 26.8 Decrease3.8
Labour hold Swing Increase2.7

Walkergate

Walkergate
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Stephen Wood 1,668 60.6 Increase1.2
Liberal Democrats Deborah Gallagher 482 17.5 Decrease0.8
Conservative Stephen Oxborough 438 15.9 Increase3.6
Green Doug Paterson 163 5.9 Decrease1.8
Majority 1,186 43.1 Increase2.0
Turnout 2,751 32.7 Decrease4.0
Labour hold Swing Increase1.0

West Fenham

West Fenham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Karen Kilgour 923 31.4 Decrease28.7
Liberal Democrats PJ Morrissey 725 24.6 Increase14.6
Green Tay Pitman 681 23.1 Increase15.1
Conservative Raja Khan 552 18.8 Increase4.3
Northern Independence Andrew Ehala 61 2.1 New
Majority 198 6.8 Decrease38.8
Turnout 2,942 40.0 Increase4.6
Labour hold Swing Decrease21.7

Wingrove

Wingrove
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Joyce McCarty 1,547 62.7 Decrease5.5
Green John Pearson 332 13.5 Increase2.4
Conservative Shabs Mohammed 265 10.7 Decrease1.6
Northern Independence David Stewart 166 6.7 New
Liberal Democrats Kami Kundi 158 6.4 Decrease5.6
Majority 1,215 49.2 Decrease6.7
Turnout 2,468 33.3 Decrease8.1
Labour hold Swing Decrease4.0

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