Tyne and Wear County Council
Founded1 April 1974
Disbanded1 April 1986
Succeeded byMetropolitan Borough of Gateshead
Newcastle City Council
North Tyneside Council
South Tyneside Council
Sunderland City Council
Meeting place
Sandyford House, Newcastle upon Tyne

Tyne and Wear County Council was the county council of the metropolitan county of Tyne and Wear in northeast England. It came into its powers on 1 April 1974 and was abolished on 1 April 1986.[1] The county council was based at Sandyford House in Newcastle upon Tyne. It was replaced with five unitary authorities: Metropolitan Borough of Gateshead, Newcastle City Council, North Tyneside Council, South Tyneside Council and Sunderland City Council.[2]

Political control

The first election to the council was held in 1973, initially operating as a shadow authority before coming into its powers on 1 April 1974. Political control of the council from 1973 until its abolition in 1986 was always held by the Labour Party:[3]

Party in control Years
Labour 1973–1986


Throughout the council's existence the leader of the council was Michael Campbell.

Councillor Party From To
Michael Campbell[4][5] Labour 1 Apr 1974 31 Mar 1986

Council elections


  1. ^ "The Local Government Reorganisation (Property) (Tyne and Wear) Order 1987". Legislation.gov.uk. Retrieved 15 September 2019.
  2. ^ "Archives Collection, Acquisition and Disposal Policy" (PDF). Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums. 22 November 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2019.
  3. ^ "Compositions calculator". The Elections Centre. 4 March 2016. Retrieved 10 August 2022.
  4. ^ "Men at the helm of 'shadow' council: Two fighters with one aim". Newcastle Journal. 16 April 1973. Retrieved 14 August 2022.
  5. ^ "Sports stadium gets £850,000". Newcastle Evening Chronicle. 24 March 1986. Retrieved 14 August 2022.