Northumberland County Council

2021 Conservative gain from no overall control, change from 2017

Northumberland scoreboard

Counting complete. After 67 of 67 seats declared.

Change compared with 2017
  1. Conservative

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 34
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change +1
    • Councillors overall total 34
  2. Labour

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 21
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change -3
    • Councillors overall total 21
  3. Independent

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 7
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change 0
    • Councillors overall total 7
  4. Liberal Democrat

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 3
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change 0
    • Councillors overall total 3
  5. Green

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 2
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change +2
    • Councillors overall total 2
  1. Lib Dems gain seat from Tories in Hexham East by-election

    The Lib Dems gained a seat from the Conservatives in a council by-election in Hexham East.

    The win means the Tories have lost overall control of Northumberland County Council.

    Though as the largest party, they’ll still be running the local authority.

    Northumberland County Council

    Lib Dem candidate Suzanne Fairless-Aitken was elected with 584 votes, Conservative Stephen Ball returned 370 votes, Labour's Jonathan Wheeler took 154 and Independent candidate Lee Williscroft-Ferris 127.

    It comes as the Conservatives lost one of their safest parliamentary seats in North Shropshire to the Liberal Democrats in a by-election, following the resignation of Owen Paterson, who was found to have breached lobbying rules.

  2. Video content

    Video caption: Northumberland horse rescue centre's fears over future

    A petition urging the local authority to reconsider its plans has been signed by about 3,500 people.

  3. Loan to prevent delay to Tyne Tunnel toll barriers removal

    Daniel Holland

    Local Democracy Reporter

    A £7m loan has been given by North East councils to avoid delaying the removal of all toll barriers at the Tyne Tunnel.

    Later this year all cash payments and toll booths at the tunnel are being ditched in favour of an automated system, which it's hoped will avoid congestion and cut air pollution.

    The Local Democracy Reporting Service has revealed tunnel operator TT2 was planning to push back the scheme due to a huge loss of income caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, until council leaders stepped in with funding to keep the project on track.

    The £6.67m loan was signed off in a behind-closed-doors meeting last September.

    It will be paid back over the course of TT2’s contract to manage the crossing up to 2037.

    The northbound toll plaza at the Tyne Tunnel

    Gateshead Council leader Martin Gannon said it would “secure the long term future” of TT2 after toll revenue dropped substantially during the pandemic.

    From November, drivers will no longer have to stop to pay at toll plazas on the north side of the tunnel, instead driving straight through.

    Tolls will instead be paid using either pre-paid accounts, a pay later website, or through PayPoint tills at retailers, with automatic number plate recognition cameras recording vehicles’ journeys.