Linda Arkley
Mayor of North Tyneside
In office
4 June 2009 – 2 May 2013
Preceded byJohn Harrison
Succeeded byDame Norma Redfearn
In office
12 June 2003 – 5 May 2005
Preceded byChris Morgan
Succeeded byJohn Harrison
North Tyneside Councillor for Preston ward
In office
6 October 2005 – 4 June 2009
Preceded byMartin Van Der Merwe
Succeeded byDavid Sarin
North Tyneside Councillor for Tynemouth ward
In office
2 May 1996 – 12 June 2003
In office
2 May 1991 – 4 May 1995
Personal details
Born(1952-02-00)February 1952
Died13 October 2023(2023-10-13) (aged 71)
Political partyConservative
Residence(s)North Shields, Tyne and Wear, England
WebsiteLinda Arkley - Councillor

Linda Arkley OBE (February 1952 – 13 October 2023) was a British Conservative politician who served as the elected Mayor of North Tyneside from 2003 to 2005 and from 2009 to 2013.

Early life

Linda Arkley was born in February 1952.[1] She attended The Bede School in Sunderland, and studied at both Sunderland University and Northumbria University. For most of Arkley's professional career she worked as a nurse and health visitor.[2]

Political career

Arkley was first elected as a councillor for Tynemouth ward in 1991, a seat she held until 1995 before regaining it in 1996. During this time she served as deputy leader of the Conservative group on North Tyneside council and in cabinet under Conservative Mayor, Chris Morgan.

The Conservative Mayor of North Tyneside, Chris Morgan, resigned in 2003 due to a scandal involving child pornography.[3] Arkley stood in the subsequent by-election, and won in the second round defeating then MEP Gordon Adam.[4]

Arkley was defeated in 2005 by Labour candidate John Harrison.[5]

Later that year she stood in a council by-election in 2005, and was elected to represent Preston ward.

Arkley regained the mayoralty of North Tyneside in 2009, when she defeated Harrison.[6] Towards the end of Arkley's second term she was expelled from a meeting of North Tyneside Council after she “berated” Labour councillor Sandra Graham after she asked questions about workers’ rights and the safeguarding of external funding.[7]

In May 2013 she was defeated by the Labour candidate Norma Redfearn.

Arkley stood as the Conservative candidate for Tynemouth ward in 2014, when she was defeated by the Labour incumbent, Sarah Day.[8] In the 2015 local elections, Linda Arkley again unsuccessfully attempted to return to North Tyneside Council by standing in Benton ward where she lost to Labour's Janet Hunter.[9]

In March 2019, Linda Arkley announced her intention to seek the Conservative nomination in the inaugural North of Tyne Mayoral election, noting that she was the only declared female candidate for the office.[10] Having chosen the International Women's Day to announce her decision, she told ChronicleLife that her candidacy had been inspired by "making sure this isn't a male dominated race."[11] Arkley would go on to lose the nomination to local businessman Charlie Hoult.[12]

Arkley made her return to North Tyneside Council in 2021, taking the seat of Cullercoats ward from the Labour Party in that year's local elections.[13]

Linda Arkley died on 13 October 2023, at the age of 71.[14]


Arkley was made an Order of the British Empire in 2018 for political service.[15]


  1. ^ "Linda Arkley personal appointments - Find and update company information - GOV.UK". Retrieved 14 October 2023.
  2. ^ ""Lining Up for Mayor Battle" - Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England), June 9, 2003".[dead link]
  3. ^ Chronicle, Evening (18 April 2003). "Mayor in porn probe resigns". ChronicleLive. Retrieved 21 May 2021.
  4. ^ "Tory nurse beats Labour MEP". The Guardian. 13 June 2003. p. Page 14.
  5. ^ "English elect councils and mayors". BBC News. 7 May 2005. Retrieved 11 May 2007.
  6. ^ Pearson, Adrian (5 May 2009). "David Cameron meets North Tyneside voters". nechronicle. Retrieved 8 March 2019.
  7. ^ Butcher, Joanne (1 March 2013). "North Tyneside mayor gets thrown out of meeting". nechronicle. Retrieved 8 March 2019.
  8. ^ "2014 local election results | North Tyneside Council". Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Labour strengthens its control of North Tyneside Council". Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  10. ^ "Another Tory candidate revealed for North of Tyne mayor". Retrieved 8 March 2019.
  11. ^ Seddon, Sean (8 March 2019). "Linda Arkley announces run to be Tory North of Tyne mayor candidate". nechronicle. Retrieved 20 September 2019.
  12. ^ Seddon, Sean (14 March 2019). "Charlie Hoult will be the Tory North of Tyne mayor candidate". nechronicle. Retrieved 12 June 2019.
  13. ^ Council, North Tyneside. "2021 local election results". Retrieved 21 May 2021.
  14. ^ Shakespeare, Austen (13 October 2023). "Tributes to former Mayor of North Tyneside, Linda Arkley OBE, who has died". Chronicle Live. Retrieved 14 October 2023.
  15. ^ Hutchinson, Lisa (8 June 2018). "Queen's birthday honours - North East list in full". nechronicle. Retrieved 8 March 2019.
Civic offices Preceded byChris Morgan Mayor of North Tyneside 2003–2005 Succeeded byJohn Harrison Preceded byJohn Harrison Mayor of North Tyneside 2009–2013 Succeeded byNorma Redfearn