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Three councillors represent each of the 26 wards in the city and usually are elected for a four-year term.
Councillors participate in the work of the council in a variety of ways to help residents with problems involving the work of the council.
The overriding duty of councillors is to the whole community but they have a special duty to the residents of their wards.
Councillors must agree to follow a code of conduct to ensure high standards in the way they undertake their duties. A copy of the code of conduct can be found in the Newcastle Charter.
Find your councillor
- Find your councillor by name, political party or ward
- Find your councillor using your postcode
- Full list of councillors
- Know Your Councillors 2022 to 2023
Cabinet members are elected representatives given specific responsibilities for the work of the council.
They provide overall direction and set the policy framework for services to work within. They are ultimately responsible for the decisions the council makes.
Cabinet members have delegated powers to make specific decisions, which speeds up decision-making.
Current Cabinet members
- Nick Kemp - Leader of the Council
- Councillor Karen Kilgour - Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for a Healthy, Caring City
- Councillor Irim Ali - Cabinet Member for a Dynamic City
- Councillor Jane Byrne - Cabinet Member for a Connected, Clean City
- Councillor Sylvia Copley - Cabinet Member for a Growing City
- Councillor Paul Frew - Cabinet Member for an Efficient Council
- Councillor Alex Hay - Cabinet Member for a Resilient City
- Councillor Lesley Storey - Cabinet Member for a Vibrant City
The current political makeup of the council is:
Councillors are paid a basic allowance, which is £9,200 for 2022/23, and some have responsibility allowances for different roles that they take on.
- Members Allowance Scheme
- Members Allowances for 2023-24
- Members Allowances Paid - Year Ending 31 March 2022
Declaration of Interests and Register of Gifts and Hospitality
All councillors are required by law to complete a declaration of interests form to register their financial and other interests that could potentially conflict with their role as local councillor.
They are also required to declare any interests at the start of any council meeting where the interest conflicts with some or all the business to be discussed at that meeting.
They may not take part in the discussion of or vote on those items in which they have a prejudicial interest.
All councillors are also required to declare any gifts or hospitality.
Need more information?
If you require any further information on Councillors and decision making contact:
Service Manager, Democratic Services
Telephone: 0191 211 5159
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