Borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme

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Newcastle-under-Lyme shown within Staffordshire
Newcastle-under-Lyme shown within Staffordshire
RegionWest Midlands
Non-metropolitan county Staffordshire
StatusNon-metropolitan district
Admin HQNewcastle-under-Lyme
Incorporated1 April 1974
 • TypeNon-metropolitan district council
 • BodyNewcastle Borough Council
 • LeadershipLeader and Cabinet (Conservative (council NOC))
 • MPsRuth Smeeth (Labour)
Paul Farrelly (Labour)
Karen Bradley (Conservative)
Bill Cash (Conservative)
 • Total211.0 km2 (81.5 sq mi)
Area rank157th (of 317)
 (mid-2018 est.)
 • Total129,490
 • Rank173rd (of 317)
 • Density610/km2 (1,600/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC0 (GMT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)
ONS code41UE (ONS)
E07000195 (GSS)
OS grid referenceSJ8463746024

The Borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme is a local government district with borough status in Staffordshire, England.

It is named after its main settlement, Newcastle-under-Lyme, where the council is based, but includes the town of Kidsgrove, the villages of Silverdale and Keele, and the rural area surrounding Audley. Most of the borough is part of The Potteries Urban Area.


Borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme Police hat badge, in the collection of the Staffordshire County Museum and displayed at the Shire Hall, Stafford

The present town is originally a Roman settlement. In the Middle Ages there was a large castle here, owned by John of Gaunt, and a major medieval market. In 1835 Newcastle-under-Lyme Municipal Borough was one of the boroughs reformed by the Municipal Corporations Act 1835 which required that rate payers elected councillors. In 1932 it took in what had been the Wolstanton United Urban District, covering the parishes of Chesterton, Silverdale and Wolstanton, also taking the parish of Clayton from Newcastle-under-Lyme Rural District.

The district was formed on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, as a merger of the Newcastle-under-Lyme Municipal Borough, the Kidsgrove Urban District, and Newcastle-under-Lyme Rural District.

Up to the time of the passing of the Municipal Reform Act an election of a mock mayor occurred annually after the election of the real mayor.


The borough contains 24 wards.



The borough council has traditionally been dominated by the Labour Party. However, in the 2006 local elections a coalition of Conservative and Liberal Democrat councillors gained a majority.

The United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) also made gains in 2007 and 2008 but in 2011 and 2012 losing all seats they were defending, including their group leader, Derrick Huckfield.

The council was led between 2006-2011 by Conservative Councillor Simon Tagg. Stephen Sweeney served as the Conservative leader from 2011-2012.

The Labour Party regained its majority on the council in 2012, which it held until 2017.

After the 2012 Local Elections there were 33 Labour party councillors, 11 Liberal Democrats and 16 Conservatives.[1]

After the 2014 election results Labour retained their majority on the council, down one to 32 seats. The Conservatives retained their position as the largest opposition party with 16 seats. Both UKIP and the Green party made gains, five seats and one seat respectively mainly at the expense of the Liberal Democrats losing five seats bringing their total to six.[2]

As of the 21 March 2019 by-election, the political make-up of the local council was as follows:[3]

Party Number of councillors
Labour 19
Conservative 17
Independent 4
Liberal Democrats 3


Comparative census information
2001 UK Census Borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme England
Total population 122,030 49,138,831
White 98% 91%
Asian 0.6% 4.6%
Black 0.2% 2.3%
Christian 78.5% 72%
Muslim 0.5% 3.1%
Hindu 0.2% 1.1%
No religion 13.1% 15%
Unemployed 2% 3.3%

In the 2001 census, the borough was recorded as having a population of 122,030 with 51.5% being female. 78.% identified themselves as Christian, 13.1% having no religion, 0.5% Muslim, 0.2% Hindu or other and 0.1% stating Jewish or Sikh.[4] 61.2% were classed as economically active, with 22.6% working in manufacturing, 18.5% in wholesale or retail, 11.6% in health/social work and 11.6% in financial and other business related activities.[5]


Newcastle-under-Lyme was chosen for the campus of University College of North Staffordshire, established in 1949 at Keele Hall in the village of Keele, two miles from the town centre, and which was granted full university status as Keele University in 1962. Keele University Medical School is based in the grounds of the University Hospital of North Staffordshire at Hartshill in Stoke-on-Trent, about a mile from the centre of Newcastle-under-Lyme.


  1. ^ [1][permanent dead link] | Borough Election Results 2008
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-12-18. Retrieved 2014-12-18.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) | Borough Election Results 2014
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  4. ^ "Newcastle-under-Lyme Social Profile" (PDF). Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-01-21.
  5. ^ "Newcastle-under-Lyme Economic Profile" (PDF). Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-01-21.

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Coordinates: 53°00′40″N 2°13′44″W / 53.011°N 2.229°W / 53.011; -2.229