Newcastle City Council
Karen Robinson, Liberal Democrats
since 26 May 2022
Leader of the Council
Nick Kemp, Labour
since 25 May 2022
Karen Kilgour, Labour
since 25 May 2022
Leader of the Opposition
since January 2022
|Seats||78 (40 needed for a majority)|
|North of Tyne Combined Authority|
Length of term
|First past the post|
|5 May 2022|
|Newcastle Civic Centre, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne|
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. Karen Robinson serves as the Lord Mayor and Veronica Dunn serves as Deputy Lord Mayor and Sheriff. 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.
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[update] election, there are 52 Labour councillors, 20 Liberal Democrat councillors, three Newcastle Independent councillors and three Independent councillors.
Newcastle has 26 electoral wards. Each electoral ward has three councillors, representing and elected exclusively by the voting population of each ward. Following an electoral review in 2016, the current wards and boundaries were introduced in May 2018.
|Thomas Daniel Smith||1959–1965||Labour|
|Peter Arnold||2004–2006||Liberal Democrats|
For a list of past Mayors and Lord Mayors see List of Lord Mayors of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.