Newcastle City Council

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Newcastle City Council
Coat of arms or logo
Logo
Type
Type
Leadership
Leader
Nick Forbes, Labour
Seats 78
Elections
First past the post
Last election
4 May 2012
Next election
2014
Meeting place
Newcastle civic centre.jpg
Newcastle Civic Centre, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne
Website
www.newcastle.gov.uk

Newcastle City Council is the local government authority for Newcastle upon Tyne, a city in Tyne and Wear, England. The council consists of 78 councillors, three for each of the city's 26 wards.

It is currently controlled by Labour and led by Nick Forbes. The Current Lord Mayor is Cllr Jackie Slesenger.

Political control[edit]

The council had been under the control of the Labour Party from its reconstitution in 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972, until 2004. Elections are usually by thirds, in three years out of four. 2004 saw boundary changes and all seats were up for re-election.

Mrs Pat Ritchie is the Council's Chief Executive.

It was announced that two of Newcastle City Councillors were to be made working Peers, for Labour Sir Jeremy Beecham and for the Liberal Democrats Lord Shipley.

Historical Party political make-up of Newcastle Council [1]
   Party Seats
1998 1999 2000 2002 2003 2004 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
  Labour 64 63 62 59 54 30 31 32 29 28 34 43 51
  Lib Dems 14 15 16 19 24 48 47 46 49 50 42 32 26
  Other 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 1
Current Party political make-up of Newcastle Council [2]
   Party Seats Current Council (2011–12, as of November 2012)
  Labour 51                                                                                                                          
  Lib Dems 26                                                                                                                          
  Other 1                                                                                                                          

Leaders[edit]

  • Nick Forbes (Lab, 2011–present)
  • David Faulkner (Lib Dem, 2010–2011)
  • John Shipley OBE (Lib Dem, 2006–2010)
  • Peter Arnold (Lib Dem, 2004–2006) (left Post to be Deputy Lord Mayor of Newcastle for 2006 to 2007)
  • Tony Flynn (Labour, 1994–2004)
  • Jeremy Beecham (Labour, 1977–1994)
  • Tom Collins (Labour, 1973–77)
  • Arthur Grey (Conservative, 1967–1973)
  • Bert Abrahart (Labour, 1966–1967)
  • Frank Butterfield (Labour, 1965–1966)
  • T Dan Smith (Labour, 1959–1965)

The office of Leader of the Council was formally established during T Dan Smith's period of control, with official recognition and administrative support being accorded to the Leader of the Council and the Leader of the Opposition.

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

Wards[edit]

Newcastle has 26 electoral wards.[3]

Population by Ward[edit]

Ward Under 16 % of ward 16-24 % of ward 25-44 % of ward 45-64 % of ward 65-75 % of ward 75+ % of ward
Benwell and Scotswood 3011 21.9 1569 11.4 3907 28.4 3055 22.2 1154 8.4 1045 7.6
Blakelaw 2529 22.6 1218 10.9 3097 27.7 2568 23 985 8.8 782 7
Byker 2385 21 1266 11.2 3306 29.2 2623 21.2 916 8.1 844 7.4
Castle 1938 19.6 985 9.9 3144 28.7 2640 21.2 658 6.6 537 5.4
Dene 1718 18 1339 14 3009 31.5 2016 21.1 695 7.3 776 8.1
Denton 2110 18.4 1029 9.5 2863 26.4 2535 21.2 1330 8.4 984 9.1
Gosforth East 1549 17.2 1112 12.4 2865 31.9 1930 21.5 646 7.2 882 9.8
Gosforth West 1883 19.6 893 9.2 2864 29.6 2317 23.9 844 8.7 871 9
Elswick 2419 21.4 1808 16 3246 28.7 2277 20.1 846 7.5 734 6.5
Fawdon 2239 21.4 1094 10.4 2916 27.8 2212 21.4 1051 10 949 9.1
Fenham 2294 21.1 1464 13.5 2966 27.3 2145 19.7 984 9.1 1016 9.4
Heaton North 1689 18 1333 14.2 2675 28.5 2085 22.2 856 9.1 752 8
Heaton South 846 10 2920 34.6 2488 29.4 1164 13.8 459 5.4 584 6.9
Jesmond North 938 11 3023 35.4 2434 28.5 1291 15.1 360 4.2 494 5.8
Jesmond South 590 7.3 2916 31.1 2525 31.3 1136 14.1 353 4.4 570 7.1
Kenton 2413 22.8 1180 11.1 3007 28.4 2199 20.8 887 8.4 895 8.5
Lemington 2198 20.8 1068 10.1 3236 30.6 2604 24.6 861 8.1 597 5.6
Newburn 1787 19.2 826 8.9 2591 22.9 2327 25 957 10.3 803 8.6
Ouseburn 847 10.9 2516 32.3 2260 29 1189 15.3 475 6.1 518 6.6
Parklands 1458 18.7 654 8.8 1971 25.2 2079 26.6 814 10.4 807 10.3
Walker 2796 23.6 1272 10.7 3279 27.6 2481 20.9 1129 9.5 921 7.8
Walkergate 1997 20.5 878 9 2811 28.8 2281 23.4 995 10.2 787 8.1
Westerhope 1523 15.8 915 9.5 2255 23.4 2890 30 1186 12.3 864 9
Westgate 921 12.1 2330 30.7 2391 31.5 1097 14.4 473 6.2 377 5
Wingrove 2251 19.6 3362 29.2 3171 27.5 1579 13.7 615 5.3 532 4.6
Woolsington 2384 22.2 972 9.1 3234 30.1 2248 20.9 1165 10.9 726 6.8
Newcastle total 46,543 18.2 39,942 15.6 74,511 29.1 54,960 21.5 21,694 8.5 18,562 7.2

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