Types of elections


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

  • three local councillors
  • an Elected Mayor for North Tyneside
  • an MP
  • a Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria
  • An Elected Mayor for the North East Combined Authority

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.

This map shows the four constituencies that cover the North Tyneside Council area:

  • Tynemouth
  • Cramlington and Killingworth
  • Newcastle North
  • Newcastle East and Wallsend

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.

Mayoral Election

A mayoral election is held every four years and in this election you vote for an elected Mayor for North Tyneside.

For more information about the role of Elected Mayor visit the Elected Mayor web pages.


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.

North East Combined Authority Mayoral Election


The first North East Combined Authority Election was held in May 2024.

There is a separate website that provides more detail about the North East Combined Authority and the Mayor.


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.