Trio to battle for votes in forthcoming mayoral vote

THREE candidates are set to battle it out in next month’s mayoral election.

Voters in North Tyneside will go to the polls on Thursday, May 2, to elect their mayor for the next four years, with each main political party putting forward a candidate.

Current mayor Linda Arkley will be seeking re-election on behalf of the Conservatives, while Labour has put forward Norma Redfearn and the Liberal Democrats have nominated Dr John Appleby.

The election uses a form of proportional representation, with voters giving a first and second choice of candidate.

If a candidates gets more than 50 per cent of the first choice votes, they are elected. If not, then the top two go to a second round where second choice votes on the candidates eliminated will be added to the totals.

The candidates will attend a mayoral debate at TyneMet College’s Coast Road campus in Wallsend at 5pm on Thursday, April 18.

Each candidate will answer questions from the attendees.