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Types of elections

Types of election

Currently in South Tyneside there are three types of elections

  • UK Parliamentary elections
  • Police and Crime Commissioner elections
  • Local government elections

UK Parliamentary elections

UK Parliamentary elections or the general election as it is often known, is an opportunity for people in every part of the UK to choose their MP - the person who will represent their local area (constituency) in the House of Commons for up to five years. 

The last election was held on Thursday 12 December 2019.

South Tyneside has two Parliamentary constituencies within its borders; South Shields and Jarrow.

To vote in a UK general election a person must be registered to vote and be aged 18 or over, be a British citizen, a qualifying Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of the Republic of Ireland and not be subject to any legal incapacity to vote.

For more information about the UK Parliament and MPs please see UK Parliament.

Police and Crime Commissioner elections

Police and Crime Commissioner elections take place in 40 police force areas covering England and Wales (excluding London). Each area has one Police and Crime Commissioner. South Tyneside is part of the Northumbria Police Force area.

The last Police and Crime Commissioner election in the Northumbria Police Force area was held on 18 July 2019 due to the resignation of the then Police and Crime Commissioner.

The next Police and Crime Commissioner election was due to take place on 7 May 2020 however, due to the uncertainty over the Covid-19 virus the government took the decision to delay the election until 6 May 2021.

To vote in a Police and Crime Commissioner election a person must be registered to vote and be 18 years of age or over on polling day, a British citizen, a qualifying Commonwealth citizen, or a citizen of the European Union, be resident in the UK and not be subject to any legal incapacity to vote.

For more information about Police and Crime Commissioners please see The Association of Police and Crime Commissioners.

Local government elections

Councils are responsible for providing local services and facilities. Your elected representatives, or councillors, also represent you at a local level. Local government elections give people the opportunity to elect councillors. South Tyneside has 54 elected councillors which represent 18 wards across the Borough.

Local government elections take place over a four year cycle. Each councillor is elected for four years, this means that a third of councillors are elected every year with no elections in the fourth year.

Local government elections were due to take place on 7 May 2020 however, due to the uncertainty over the Covid-19 virus the government took the decision to delay the elections until 6 May 2021.

To vote in a local government election a person must be registered to vote and also be 18 years or over on polling day, a British citizen, a qualifying Commonwealth citizen, or a citizen of the European Union, be resident in the UK and not be subject to any legal incapacity to vote.

More about councillors and committees.

If a councillor vacancy becomes available outside of the normal election timetable we may hold a by-election if requested, or it may be left vacant and filled at the next scheduled elections.

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