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Types of elections


Everyone in the area covered by North Tyneside district is represented by:

  • three local councillors
  • an MP
  • three members of the European Parliament
  • a Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria

General elections

General elections take place once every 5 years. In general elections you vote to elect somebody to represent your views in Parliament, as an MP.

Two constituencies cover North Tyneside Council:

  • North Tyneside
  • Tynemouth

Visit the UK Parliament for more information.

Local elections

Local elections are held on a 4-year cycle, there is an election every 3 years and none in the 4th year.

In local elections, you vote to elect somebody to represent your views in the Council, as a councillor.

There are 20 electoral wards in North Tyneside -  each has three councillors.

European Parliamentary elections

European Parliamentary elections are held every 5 years and you vote to elect somebody to represent your views in the European Parliament as an MEP.

There are 12 European electoral regions in the UK, each region has between 3 and 10 MEPs.

North Tyneside is in the North East region and has three MEPs.

Visit the European Parliament for more information about the role of MEPs and the work of the European Parliament.

Police and Crime Commissioner Election

The Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner (NPCC) election is held every 4 years and you vote for somebody to oversee the police in the Northumbria area.

Find out more about the role of the Police and Crime Commissioner.


A by-election is held to fill a political office vacancy that becomes available between regularly scheduled elections. This is usually due to the death or resignation of the person holding the office in question.


A referendum is a general vote by the electorate on a single political question, which has been referred to them for a direct decision.

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