North of Tyne Combined Authority Mayoral Election

On 2 May 2019 there will be a mayoral election for the North of Tyne Combined Authority.

People who are registered to vote in local elections for any of the three councils: Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland are eligible to vote.

Your vote is important in deciding who the future Mayor of the North of Tyne Combined Authority will be.

 

Key timings for the North of Tyne Mayoral Elections

Event    Date Time
Publication of Notice of Election    Tues 26 March -
Receipt of Nominations    Wed 3 April 4pm
Publication of Statements of Persons Nominated    Thurs 4 April 4pm
Last Date for Registration    Fri 12 April -
Receipt of Postal Vote Applications    Mon 15 April 5pm
Publication of Notice of Poll    Wed 24 April -
Receipt of Proxy Vote Applications    Wed 24 April -
First Day to Issue Replacement Lost Postal Ballot Papers    Fri 26 April -
Last Day to Issue Replacement Spoilt or Lost Postal Ballot Papers    Thurs 2 May 5pm
Receipt of Emergency Proxy Vote Applications    Thurs 2 May 5pm
Day of Poll    Thurs 2 May 7am-10pm
 

Your Questions Answered

The North of Tyne Mayor

What will the North of Tyne Mayor do?

  • The Elected Mayor will be accountable and represent the people of Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland.

  • They will ensure our voice is clearly heard by Government.

  • The Mayor will champion the North of Tyne nationally and internationally.

What powers will the North of Tyne Mayor have?

The Elected Mayor will chair the Cabinet of the North of Tyne Combined Authority and will have a number of specific powers and financial resources. This includes a £600m investment fund over 30 years to support job creation across our area.

That’s £20m a year to help grow the local economy so everyone can feel the benefit.

The combined authority have the option to set a council tax precept to pay for the Elected Mayor’s work (in agreement with the local authorities).

North of Tyne Mayor powers and decision-making

The North of Tyne Mayor will be able to make decisions independently. Some of the Mayor’s decisions will require consultation with and the approval of the other members of the Cabinet (from Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland).

Decisions by the North of Tyne Mayor will be subject to scrutiny by the Combined Authority’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee made up of members of each of the three North of Tyne Councils: Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland and is chaired currently by Cllr Roughead (Northumberland).


There is already an Elected Mayor in North Tyneside – why do we need another one?

The Elected Mayor for North Tyneside and the Elected Mayor for the North of Tyne Combined Authority have different roles.

The Elected Mayor for North Tyneside leads North Tyneside Council and will continue to do so. The political leadership arrangements for Newcastle City Council and Northumberland County Council will also stay the same as they are now.

The role of the Elected Mayor for the North of Tyne is much broader. He/she will head up the North of Tyne Combined Authority and, together with the six local authority Cabinet members, be accountable for its activity, as well as acting as a champion for the area nationally and internationally.

How long will the North of Tyne Mayor sit in office?

The Elected Mayor will initially have a five-year term, which will be reduced to four years from 2024 onwards so that the North of Tyne Mayor will be elected at the same time as the Mayors for other UK major cities/regions.

How do I stand for Mayor?

To find out more about becoming a candidate and to stand for election as Mayor of the North of Tyne Combined Authority contact Newcastle’s Electoral Services Team elections@newcastle.gov.uk

 

Voting in the North of Tyne Mayoral Elections

How can I check if I am registered to vote?

You will need to contact your local electoral services office to see if you are registered to vote in the area where you live. The electoral register cannot be searched online. You can find the contact details for your local electoral services office in the ‘Contacts’ section below

Am I eligible to vote in the North of Tyne Mayoral elections?

Voting will be open to individuals who are registered to vote in Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland. To be eligible to vote you must also be aged 18 years or above on 2 May 2019 (Polling Day) and must either be a British, Irish or qualifying Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of the Republic of Ireland or a European Union (EU) member state.

How can I vote?

At your polling station

Before the 2 May 2019 you will receive a poll card which includes the name and address of your polling station. You do not need to take your poll card to the polling station to vote, but it is helpful if you do so.

Applying to vote by Post or Proxy?

Anyone who is registered to vote can apply to vote by post or appoint someone they trust to vote on their behalf as a proxy. Or ask your Local Electoral Services Team, details can be found in contacts section.

Vote by post

If you want to make a new application for a postal vote or to appoint someone to vote on your behalf as a proxy you may download a form from www.yourvotematters.co.uk

Or ask your Local Electoral Services Team, details can be found in the contacts section.

Your completed postal vote application form must be received by your Local Electoral Services Team no later than 5pm on Monday 15 April 2019. If this deadline has passed you can still appoint someone to vote on your behalf as a proxy. The deadline for new applications for a proxy votes is 5pm on Wednesday 24 April.


If you are already registered as a postal voter, your postal vote will be sent to you from 15 April 2019.

You must return your postal vote so that it reaches The Returning Officer by 10pm on Thursday 2 May 2019. If you miss the post, you can hand it in at your local authority Local Authority Offices or at any polling station in your electoral area.

Contact information

Local Electoral Services Team

Newcastle City Council
Electoral Services
Civic Centre
Newcastle Upon Tyne
NE1 8QH
email: elections@newcastle.gov.uk
tel: 0191 211 5137
www.newcastle.gov.uk/your-council-and-democracy/elections

North Tyneside Council
Electoral Services
Quadrant
The Silverlink North
Cobalt Business Park
North Tyneside
NE27 0BY
email: elections@northtyneside.gov.uk
tel: 0191 643 2270
my.northtyneside.gov.uk/category/186/elections-and-voting

Northumberland County Council
Electoral Services
County Hall
Morpeth
Northumberland
NE61 2EF
email: elections@northumberland.gov.uk
tel: 01670 624 811

North of Tyne Combined Authority Returning Officer (CARO)
Pat Ritchie
Civic Centre
Newcastle Upon Tyne
NE1 8QH

The CARO can be contacted via Newcastle’s Electoral Services Team