Sunderland City Council

Sunderland City Council is the local authority of the City of Sunderland in Tyne and Wear, England. It is a metropolitan district council, one of five in Tyne and Wear and one of 36 in the metropolitan counties of England, and provides the majority of local government services in Sunderland.

Sunderland City Council
Type
Type
History
Founded1 April 1974
Leadership
Mayor of Sunderland
Cllr David Snowdon, Labour
since 3rd May 2019
Leader of the Council
Cllr Graeme Miller, Labour
since 16th May 2018
Chief executive
Patrick Melia
since 21st June 2018
Structure
Seats75 councillors
Political groups
Administration
     Labour (51)
Other parties
     Conservative (12)
     Liberal Democrat (8)
     UKIP (3)
     Green (1)
Joint committees
North East Combined Authority
Elections
First past the post
Last election
2016 (one third of councillors)
2018 (one third of councillors)
2019 (one third of councillors)
Next election
2020 (one third of councillors)
2022 (one third of councillors)
2023 (one third of councillors)
Motto
Nil desperandum auspice deo
Meeting place
Civic Centre, Sunderland
Website
www.sunderland.gov.uk

Political composition

Sunderland City Council has been controlled by the Labour Party from its formation in 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972. There are currently 51 Labour councillors, 12 Conservatives, eight Liberal Democrats, three UKIP and one Green on the Council.

Elections

Sunderland's Council area comprises 25 wards, each electing three councillors. Elections are held in thirds, in three years out of every four. Between 1974 and 1986, elections were held in every fourth year to Tyne and Wear County Council, until the County Council was abolished. In 1982 and 2004, all seats on Sunderland Council were up for election following boundary changes.[1]

At the first round of elections in 1973, 78 councillors were elected from 26 wards, and the make-up of the Council was: 56 Labour councillors, 21 Conservatives, and one Independent.

At the 1982 local elections following boundary changes, 75 councillors were elected from 25 wards, and the composition of the Council was: 49 Labour, 15 Conservatives, eight SDP-Liberal Alliance, and three Independent Labour councillors

At the 2004 local elections following boundary changes, 75 councillors were elected from 25 wards, and the composition of the Council was: 61 Labour councillors, 12 Conservatives and two Liberal Democrats.

In the May 2016 local elections, the Labour Party gained two seats, the Conservatives held two seats, and the Liberal Democrats won one seat.[2] This made the composition of the Council for 2016/17: 67 Labour councillors, six Conservatives, one Liberal Democrat and one Independent. Following by-elections in January 2017 and February 2018, the Liberal Democrats gained two further seats from the Labour Party.[3]

In the May 2018 local elections, the Labour Party gained a seat from an Independent councillor in Copt Hill, but lost three seats to the Liberal Democrats, and two to the Conservatives.[4]

In the May 2019 local elections, the Labour Party lost ten seats: four to the Conservatives, three to UKIP, two to the Liberal Democrats, and one to the Green Party. Neither UKIP nor the Green Party had previously been represented on the City Council.[5]

The next Council election will be held on 7 May 2020.

Council wards

The Sunderland City Council area is coterminous with the boundaries of the city's three parliamentary constituencies – Sunderland Central, Houghton and Sunderland South and Washington and Sunderland West – and the 25 Council wards are distributed between them.[6]

The following Sunderland Council wards fall within the Sunderland Central constituency: Barnes, Fulwell, Hendon, Millfield, Pallion, Ryhope, St Michael's (covering the areas of Ashbrooke and Hill View), St Peter's (covering the areas of Roker and Monkwearmouth) and Southwick.

Houghton and Sunderland South constituency comprises the wards of Copt Hill, Doxford, Hetton, Houghton, St Chad’s (covering the areas of Herrington and Farringdon), Sandhill (covering the areas of Thorney Close, Grindon and Springwell), Shiney Row, and Silksworth.

Washington and Sunderland West constituency comprises the wards of Castle (covering the areas of Castletown and Town End Farm), Redhill (covering Redhouse and Witherwack), St Anne's (covering South Hylton and Pennywell), Washington Central, Washington East, Washington North, Washington South and Washington West.

Sunderland Central Houghton and Sunderland South Washington and Sunderland West
A. Barnes

E. Fulwell

F. Hendon

J. Millfield

K. Pallion

M. Ryhope

P. St Michael's

Q. St Peter's

U. Southwick

C. Copt Hill

D. Doxford

G. Hetton

H. Houghton

O. St Chad's

R. Sandhill

S. Shiney Row

T. Silksworth

B. Castle

L. Redhill

N. St Anne's

V. Washington Central

W. Washington East

X. Washington North

Y. Washington South

Z. Washington West

Councillors

Sunderland's 25 Council wards are each represented by three elected councillors.[7]

Current Sunderland City Councillors
Parliamentary Constituency Ward Councillors Assumed office
Sunderland Central Barnes Rebecca Atkinson 5 May 2016
Antony Mullen 3 May 2018
Helen Greener 2 May 2019
Washington and Sunderland West Castle Denny Wilson 5 May 2016
Doris MacKnight 3 May 2018
Stephen Foster 2 May 2019
Houghton and Sunderland South Copt Hill Kevin Johnston 5 May 2016
Jack Cunningham 3 May 2018
Melanie Thornton 2 May 2019
Houghton and Sunderland South Doxford Christine Marshall 5 May 2016
Elizabeth Gibson 3 May 2018
Heather Fagan 2 May 2019
Sunderland Central Fulwell Bob Francis 5 May 2016
George Howe 3 May 2018
James Doyle 2 May 2019
Sunderland Central Hendon Michael Mordey 5 May 2016
Barbara McClennan 3 May 2018
Lynda Scanlan 2 May 2019
Houghton and Sunderland South Hetton James Blackburn 5 May 2016
Claire Rowntree 3 May 2018
Doris Turner 2 May 2019
Houghton and Sunderland South Houghton Alex Scullion 5 May 2016
Neil MacKnight 3 May 2018
Juliana Heron 2 May 2019
Sunderland Central Millfield Niall Hodson 5 May 2016
Andrew Wood 3 May 2018
Julia Potts 2 May 2019
Sunderland Central Pallion Amy Wilson 5 May 2016
George Smith 3 May 2018
Martin Haswell 2 May 2019
Washington and Sunderland West Redhill Ronny Davison 5 May 2016
Paul Stewart 3 May 2018
Keith Jenkins 2 May 2019
Sunderland Central Ryhope Paula Hunt 5 May 2016
Michael Essl 3 May 2018
Steven Bewick 2 May 2019
Houghton and Sunderland South Sandhill Debra Waller 5 May 2016
Margaret Crosby 2 May 2019
Stephen O'Brien 2 May 2019
Houghton and Sunderland South Shiney Row Anne Lawson 5 May 2016
Melville Speding 3 May 2018
Geoff Walker 2 May 2019
Houghton and Sunderland South Silksworth Patricia Smith 5 May 2016
Philip Tye 3 May 2018
Peter Gibson 2 May 2019
Sunderland Central Southwick Kelly Chequer 5 May 2016
Alex Samuels 3 May 2018
Michael Butler 2 May 2019
Washington and Sunderland West St Anne's Susan Watson 5 May 2016
Karen Wood 3 May 2018
Pam Mann 2 May 2019
Houghton and Sunderland South St Chad's Darryl Dixon 5 May 2016
William Blackett 3 May 2018
Dominic McDonough 2 May 2019
Sunderland Central St Michael's Robert Oliver 5 May 2016
Michael Dixon 3 May 2018
Peter Wood 2 May 2019
Sunderland Central St Peter's Julia Jackson 5 May 2016
Shirley Leadbitter 3 May 2018
Josh McKeith 2 May 2019
Washington and Sunderland West Washington Central Dianne Snowdon 5 May 2016
Linda Williams 3 May 2018
Len Lauchlan 2 May 2019
Washington and Sunderland West Washington East David Snowdon 5 May 2016
Tony Taylor 3 May 2018
Fiona Miller 2 May 2019
Washington and Sunderland West Washington North John Kelly 5 May 2016
Jill Fletcher 3 May 2018
Peter Walker 2 May 2019
Washington and Sunderland West Washington South Louise Farthing 5 May 2016
Graeme Miller 3 May 2018
Dom Armstrong 2 May 2019
Washington and Sunderland West Washington West Bernard Scaplehorn 5 May 2016
Dorothy Trueman 3 May 2018
Henry Trueman 2 May 2019

    References

    1. "Tyne and Wear: Ward Voting Summaries, 1973-2015". Tyne and Wear Elects. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
    2. Silfverskiold, Petra (6 May 2016). "Labour dominate Sunderland 2016 elections – with a couple of surprises". Sunderland Echo. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
    3. "What the Liberal Democrat by-election victory means for Labour control in Sunderland". Sunderland Echo. 2 February 2018. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
    4. Lindsay, Kali (3 May 2018). "Sunderland City Council elections - results in full". nechronicle. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
    5. "How a night of drama unfolded at the Sunderland City Council elections 2019". www.sunderlandecho.com. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
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