Newcastle City Council
Newcastle City Council logo
Karen Robinson, Liberal Democrats
since 26 May 2022
Leader of the Council
Nick Kemp, Labour
since 25 May 2022
Deputy Leader
Karen Kilgour, Labour
since 25 May 2022
Leader of the Opposition
Chief executive
Pam Smith
since January 2022
Seats78 (40 needed for a majority)
Newcastle City Council composition
Political groups
Administration (52)
  Labour (52)
Opposition (26)
  Liberal Democrat (20)
  Newcastle Independents (3)
  Independent (3)
Joint committees
North of Tyne Combined Authority
Length of term
4 years
First past the post
Last election
5 May 2022
Meeting place
Newcastle civic centre.jpg
Newcastle Civic Centre, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne
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Newcastle City Council is the local government authority for the city and metropolitan borough of Newcastle upon Tyne. The council consists of 78 councillors, three for each of the 26 wards in the city. It is currently controlled by the Labour Party, led by Nick Kemp.[2] Karen Robinson serves as the Lord Mayor and Veronica Dunn serves as Deputy Lord Mayor and Sheriff.[3] The council is a member of the North of Tyne Combined Authority.


Newcastle City Council was founded in 1974 and is the Local Government Authority for the Newcastle upon Tyne area.[4]


Elections are held by thirds, in three years out of four. However, in 2004 and 2018 boundary changes, all seats were up for re-election sooner than expected. Three councillors represent each of the 26 wards in the city, usually elected for four-year terms.

Since the May 2022 election, there are 52 Labour councillors, 20 Liberal Democrat councillors, three Newcastle Independent councillors and three Independent councillors.[5]


Newcastle has 26 electoral wards. Each electoral ward has three councillors, representing and elected exclusively by the voting population of each ward.[6] Following an electoral review in 2016, the current wards and boundaries were introduced in May 2018.[7]

Past administrations

Leader Years Control
Thomas Daniel Smith 1959–1965 Labour
Frank Butterfield 1965–1966
Arthur Grey 1967–1972 Conservative
John Cox 1972–1974
Tom Collins 1974–1977 Labour
Jeremy Beecham 1977–1994
Tony Flynn 1994–2004
Peter Arnold 2004–2006 Liberal Democrats
John Shipley 2006–2010
David Faulkner 2010–2011
Nick Forbes 2011–2022 Labour
Nick Kemp 2022–present

For a list of past Mayors and Lord Mayors see List of Lord Mayors of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

See also


  1. ^ Daniel Holland (5 June 2020). "Nick Cott takes charge of Newcastle's Liberal Democrat opposition after being elected new leader". Chronicle Live. Retrieved 24 October 2021.
  2. ^ "Leader of the Council - Newcastle City Council".
  3. ^ "Lord Mayor of Newcastle". Newcastle City Council. Retrieved 20 October 2021.
  4. ^ "Newcastle City Council".
  5. ^ "Local Councillors | Newcastle City Council".
  6. ^ "My Neighbourhood - My Neighbourhood".
  7. ^ "Electoral Review | Newcastle City Council". Government of the United Kingdom. Retrieved 11 June 2017.