NORTHUMBERLAND ELECTIONS LIVE: Follow the results of the 2021 County elections
Below is how the drama of election night unfolded in Northumberland, with 67 seats on Northumberland County Council available.
Follow our blog below to see how the night panned out and who now controls the council.
4.07pm: The story of election night in Northumberland with dead heats, surprises and a sense of déjà vu.
3.59pm: David Bawn (Morpeth North) is delighted with a clean sweep for the Tories in Morpeth. He said: “I’m extremely pleased that the people of Morpeth North have chosen to elect me again and it’s great that we’ve increased our majorities in two of the Morpeth wards and in the Pegswood ward.
2.23pm: Isabel Hunter, who won a dead heat in Berwick West with Ord after the drawing of ballot papers, said: “It feels very strange to win in circumstances like that but it’s great to be back.”
1.20pm: Labour’s Scott Dickinson held his Druridge Bay seat, but a number of the results in the south east of the county were devastating for the party. He said: “It is very sad that we’ve lost some hard-working councillors, although with our gains elsewhere the position we are in is basically the same as in 2017. Read more here.
11.02am: There were close calls and a few surprises. Find out who your local councillor is now with our ward-by-ward round-up of results from the Northumberland County Council election.
9.20am: It is the first time since the 1970s that the Conservatives have had overall control. Here’s our recap.
8.08am: Longhoughton ward councillor Wendy Pattison was delighted to hold her seat for the Conservatives with a majority of 483. She said: “Thank you to everyone in the Longhoughton Division for believing in me and electing me to serve and represent you all for a further four years. I am filled with gratitude for the confidence you have shown in me. It is a great pleasure and a privilege to continue to work hard for you and I feel incredibly lucky to be elected to serve in what is a one of the the most beautiful areas in Northumberland.”
7.51am: Following a dramatic night at the election count, the Conservatives gained 6 seats but lost 5; Labour gained 5 and lost 6; LibDems gained 1 and lost 1; Independents gained 1 and lost 3; and the Green party gained 2.
7.43am: Make up of new look County Council is Conservative 34 seats; Labour 21; LibDem 3; Independent 7; and Green 2.
7.42am: BREAKING: Conservatives gain overall control of Northumberland County Council following nervy wait.
7.41am: Prudhoe South (Con hold)
Abby Rebbecca FRENCH (LibDem) 60
Gordon STEWART (Con) 907
Jonathan Paul WHEELER (Lab) 553
7.39am: BREAKING: Conservatives lose Berwick West after ballot draw following deadheat.
7.38am: Berwick West with Ord (LibDem gain)
Robert BRUCE (Ind) 138
Edward FRANK (Green) 67
Elizabeth Isabel HUNTER (LibDem) 410
Gregah Alan ROUGHEAD (Con) 409
*Ballot draw occurred following a deadheat.
7.25am: Drama at the election count!
7.25am: A second draw on the night! Berwick West with Ord is a dead heat between the Conservative and Lib Dem candidates and has gone to ballot draws.
7.24am: We've just been told the Hartley seat between Labour’s Susan Dungworth and David Ferguson was a dead heat, being determined by a ballot draw.
7.03am: Ponteland West (Con hold)
Michael Patrick CLARKE (Lab) 250
James McTaggart GREER (LibDem) 102
Vernonica JONES (Con) 997
7.02am: Berwick East (Ind hold)
Georgina Emma Rowley HILL (Ind) 934
Amanda Clare RAYBOULD (Con) 167
Thomas Leslie STEWART (Green) 100
Liz WHITELAM (LibDem) 41
7.01am: Bamburgh (Con hold)
Kate Lydia CAIRNS (LibDem) 200
Mick MCCARTHY (Lab) 239
Guy RENNER-THOMPSON (Con) 1,085
6.49am: Five seats still to declare and the Conservative party need three to gain overall control of the County Council.
6.47am: Norham and Islandshires (Con hold)
Michael Robert COOMBES (Lab) 170
Colin Richard HARDY (Con) 616
Ged THOMAS (Ind) 312
Dougie WATKIN (LibDem) 529
6.45am: Alnwick (Con hold/Green gain) two-seat ward
Pete BURNS (Lab) 701
Michael Reuben CARR (Con) 1,112
Gordon CASTLE (Con) 1,834
Jenny ECKERSLEY (LibDem) 457
Julia Marion LYFORD (Lab) 485
Martin Philip SWINBANK (Green) 1,671
6.33am: Shilbottle (Con hold)
Alex BREWIS (LibDem) 297
Ian Edward CHAPMAN (Lab) 402
Philip HOOD (Green) 192
Trevor Norman THORNE (Con) 1,060
6.32am: Conservatives lose another seat to Labour.
6.31am: Prudhoe North (Lab gain)
Tracy GILMORE (Con) 795
Angie SCOTT (Lab) 862
Janice Elizabeth WALMSLEY (LibDem) 67
6.30am: Amble West and Warkworth (Con hold)
Mike Joyce (Lab) 284
Jeff Watson (Con) 766
John Wilson (LibDem) 438
6.29am: Amble (Lab hold)
Terry CLARK (Lab) 635
June Elaine WATSON (Con) 540
David George WOODWARD (LibDem) 62
6.15am: Ponteland South with Heddon (Con hold)
Mike BROWN (Lab) 320
Peter Alan JACKSON (Con) 985
Benjamin Clyde MITCHELL (LibDem) 147
6.14am: Hexham West (Ind hold)
Victor Lewis BALL (Lab) 169
Derek KENNEDY (Ind) 1,297
Liam Kazbek PANESH (Con) 323
Cameron WHITELEY (Green) 83
6.12am: Berwick North (Con hold)
Matthew John Cornelius COOPER (LibDem) 91
Brian DOUGLAS (Ind) 127
Rachel Victoria DRIVER (Lab) 377
Shirley Anne FORBES (Ind) 349
Catherine Morag SEYMOUR (Con) 499
5.56am: Rothbury (Ind hold)
Ray APLIN (Lab) 189
Steven Christopher BRIDGETT (Ind) 1,987
Chris GALLEY (Con) 202
Jennifer WALLACE (Green) 115
5.55am: Ponteland East and Stannington (Con hold)
David Alan ARMSTRONG (LibDem) 245
Lyle Robert DARWIN (Con) 1,116
Robert Hugh TURNER (Lab) 236
5.53am: Bellingham (Con hold)
Anne Elizabeth PALMER (Lab) 246
John Robert RIDDLE (Con) 852
Kevin Robert Hodson SMITH (LibDem) 332
5.38am: 18 seats left to declare, and the Conservative party need 11 to secure overall control of Northumberland County Council
5.27am: Wooler (Con Hold)
Stephen John CRANE (Social Democratic Party) 61
Tom HANCOCK (LibDem) 92
Alex KUKLINSKI (Green) 88
Mark Geogre MATHER (Con) 1,231
Pauline THOMPSON (Lab) 139
5.26am: Hexham East (Con hold)
Suzanne Holly FAIRLESS-AITKEN (LibDem) 557
Guy Nicholas John HINTON (Lab) 323
Cath HOMER (Con) 687
5.25am: Haydon and Hadrian (LibDem hold)
David CLEGG (Lab) 225
Bill DAY (Green) 87
Jan de Volle HARDING (Con) 486
Alan SHARP (LibDem) 835
5.24am: Haltwhistle (Con hold)
Avril Lynda GRUNDY (LibDem) 101
Ian HUTCHINSON (Con) 830
John Robert TEMPLE (Lab) 487
5.07am: South Tynedale (Con hold)
Dawn Adele BAILEY (LibDem) 107
Kathy HABBERJAM (Lab) 408
Colin William HORNCASTLE (Con) 995
Richard SUTTON (Green) 225
5.06am: Longhoughton (Con hold)
Lydia Heather CAIRNS (LibDem) 528
Wendy PATTISON (Con) 1,011
Trevor Paul ROBERTSON (Lab) 148
5.05am: Conservatives lose their second seat of the night with Green party taking Humshaugh.
5.05am: Humshaugh (Green gain)
Milo Jasper BARNETT (Lab) 80
Rupert McLure GIBSON (Con) 849
Nick MORPHET (Green) 1,046
Stuart Alan ROWLANDS (LibDem) 30
5.03am: Corbridge (Con hold)
John DARK (Green) 110
Mark Frederick Glen GRIFFIN (Reform UK) 42
Philip Ronald LATHAM (LibDem) 121
Tom MASKELL (Social Democratic Party) 116
Mary Annette MCGLADE (Lab) 240
Nick OLIVER (Con) 1,016
4.55am: 41 seats out of the 67 have so far been declared. Could this be the longest count in Northumberland's history?
4.31am: Ponteland North (Con hold)
Richard Robert DODD (Con) 1,152
Mark William NEALE (LibDem) 174
Simon Neale RAILTON (Lab) 232
4.29am: Hirst (Lab hold)
John Victor ALLEN (Reform UK) 88
Ken PARRY (Lab) 559
Kevin Oliver WILSON (Con) 131
4.21am: Stocksfield and Broomhaugh (Ind hold)
Chris BARRETT (Con) 296
Clare Louise BYRNE (Lab) 159
Patricia Anne Mary DALE (Ind) 1,607
Ian RICHARDSON (Green) 69
4.19am: Hexham Central with Acomb (Con hold)
Trevor CESSFORD (Con) 742
Penny GRENNAN (Lab) 558
Keith Penrose MALLINSON (Green) 119
Ginnie O'FARRELL (LibDem) 240
4.18am: Choppington (Lab gain)
Steven James ARMSTRONG (Ind) 411
Aaron Edward HART (Con) 277
Mary Bernadette MURPHY (Lab) 429
4.17am: Conservatives lose their first seat of the night.
4.17am: Bywell (Lab Gain)
Christopher Martin DAVENPORT (Green) 135
James William GRIEVES (LibDem) 69
Holly Rebecca WADDELL (Lab) 981
Stephen John WESTGARTH (Con) 924
3.51am: Pegswood (Con hold)
Robert Brian BELL (no party listed) 79
Vicky OAKLEY (Lab) 784
David James TOWNS (Con) 1,021
3.50am: Lynemouth (Lab hold)
Roger CASHMORE (LibDem) 63
Liz DUNN (Lab) 739
Ciera HUDSPITH (Con) 488
3.49am: Druridge Bay (Lab hold)
Mary Clare BAMBROUGH (LibDem) 129
Scott James DICKINSON (Lab) 870
Sybil Janet Dorice WHITELEY (Con) 470
3.47am: College (Lab hold)
Catherine Alice GRIEVESON (Con) 267
Mark Andrew PURVIS (Lab) 773
3.43am: Kitty Brewster is trending on Twitter in the United Kingdom!
3.23am: Stakeford (Lab hold)
Julie Denise FOSTER (Lab) 744
Noel Martin Jackson (Con) 630
3.22am: Sleekburn (Lab hold)
Dawn Elizabeth CROSBY (Ind) 191
David GRAHAM (Ind) 69
Alan Wilfred STOVELL (Con) 259
Alex WALLACE (Lab) 426
3.16am: Ashington Central (Lab gain)
Caroline Susan BALL (Lab) 551
Michelle Ann Brannigan (Green) 264
Michael FLYNN (Christian Peoples Alliance) 17
Cheryl Leanne WATSON (Con) 156
3.05am: Morpeth North (Con hold)
David Lee BAWN (Con) 1,160
Mike GREVESON (Lab) 643
Elaine SKINNER (Green) 351
3.04am: Northumberland County Council leader Glen Sanderson holds his seat.
3.04am: Longhorsley (Con hold)
Andrew Alexander James FINDLAY (LibDem) 124
Ian Paul LINDLEY (Lab) 311
Hugh Glen Howard SANDERSON (Con) 1,240
3.03am: Bedlington West (Ind hold)
Lauren Marie PITT (Lab) 368
Elizabeth Edna RIXON (Con) 266
Malcolm ROBINSON (Ind) 651
3.02am: Bedlington East (Lab Gain)
Victoria THOMPSON (Ind) 235
Rebecca WILCZEK (Lab) 436
Mark Norman Joseph WILKINSON (Ind) 171
Nadia ZEMOURI (Con) 109
2.53am: Current state of play sees Conservatives with 12 seats, Labour with 9, Independents have 2, and LibDems 1.
2.26am: Newbiggin Central and East (Lab hold)
Sam BELL (Con) 363
Stephen PEEL (Reform UK) 178
Liz SIMPSON (Lab) 674
2.25am: Morpeth Kirkhill (Con hold)
Andy COCHRANE (LibDem) 253
Tom COSH (Lab) 387
Elisa Jayne LAWSON (Green) 216
Richard Watson WEARMOUTH (Con) 1,118
2.24am: Haydon (Lab hold)
Brian Charles GALLACHER (Lab) 813
Anne Charlotte WAGGIT (Con) 375
2.23am: Bothal (Lab hold)
Lynne GRIMSHAW (Lab) 773
Richard Andrew HUNTER (Con) 323
Andy McGREGOR (LibDem) 221
2.18am: Independent councillors currently outnumber LibDem councillors by 2 to 1.
2.11am: Morpeth Stobhill (Con hold)
John Ace BEYNON (Con) 835
Alison BYARD (Lib) 478
Pat FULLER (Green) 107
Margaret Helen TURNER (Lab) 337
2.10am: Cramlington Village (Con hold)
Ceryn ROWNTREE (Green) 80
Mark David SWINBURN (Con) 981
Scott Wilson WHITE (Lab) 374
2.09am: Cramlington Eastfield (Con hold)
Karen Margaret DEAGLE (Lab) 444
Christine Lesley DUNBAR (Con) 873
Susan Mary Bryce JONSTON (Ind) 159
2.08am: Bedlington Central (Ind hold)
Charlotte Elizabeth BLUNDRED (Con) 251
Brian JOHNSTONE (Lab) 419
Christine Anne TAYLOR (Ind) 623
1.43am: Seaton with Newbiggin West (Lab hold)
Philip GRIEVESON (Con) 465
Jim LANG (Lab) 888
1.42am: Cramlington West (Con hold)
Barry Malcolm FLUX (Con) 941
Dave MURRAY (Lab) 497
1.41am: Another gain for the Conservatives and further blow for Labour.
1.40am: Cramlington South East (Con gain)
Paul Devadoss EZHILCHELVAN (Con) 1,030
Allan HEPPLE (Lab) 636
1.21am: Labour’s Dierdre Campbell loses her seat on the County Council.
1.20am: Newsham (Con gain)
Deirdre CAMPBELL (Lab) 520
Cliff HUMPHREY (Con) 531
Kathleen LEYLAND (Green) 55
Paul Henry WALLS (Ind) 52
1.19am: Labour’s Ian Swithenbank is another to lose his seat.
1.18am: Cramlington East (Ind Gain)
Scott LEE (Ind) 420
Maureen LEVY (Con) 188
Ian Carr Fry SWITHENBANK (Lab) 386
1.15am: Northumberland’s Labour group leader Susan Dungworth has lost her seat by ONE vote!
1.14am: Hartley (Con gain)
Susan Elizabeth DUNGWORTH (Lab) 868
David FERGUSON (Con) 869
Anita Cynthia ROMER (Lib Dem) 105
1.00am: The Conservatives have gained South Blyth from the LibDems, scene of the drawing of straws in 2017 which cost them a majority in the County Council.
12.59am: Conservatives make their third gain of the night so far. They now have 4 seats, Labour 5 and LibDem’s 1.
12.58am: South Blyth (Con gain)
Daniel James CARR (Con) 1,114
Rachel EDGE (Lab) 270
Alisdair Lindsey GIBBS-BARTON (LibDem) 114
Liam ROGERSON (Social Democratic Party) 29
12.57am: Wensleydale (Lab hold)
Eileen CARTIE (Lab) 716
Sam LIDDLE (Con) 547
David Alan SUMNER (LibDem) 47
12.38am: Second gain of the night for the Conservatives as they take Seghill.
12.37am: Seghill with Seaton Delaval (Con gain)
Christine SAVAGE (Lab) 739
Paul Christopher SCOTT (Con) 884
12.36am: Plessey (LibDem hold)
Revell CORNELL (Reform UK) 51
Jon George DAVISON (Con) 385
John REGAN (Lab) 311
Jeff REID (LibDem) 450
12.35am: Cramlington North (Con hold)
Wayne DALEY (Con) 1,305
Martin John WRIGHT (Lab) 395
12.33am: Holywell (Lab hold)
Les BOWMAN (Lab) 984
Steve LEYLAND (Green) 105
John William WATSON (Con) 636
12.15am: Conservatives gain their first seat, claiming the Kitty Brewster seat previously held by former Labour leader Grant Davey, who was not standing this election.
12.14am: Kitty Brewster (Con gain)
Wojciech Franciszek PLOSZAJ (Con) 698
Sandra STRANGER (LibDem) 77
Warren TAYLOR (Lab) 591
12.13am: Isabella (Lab hold)
Alice May LEVY (Con) 340
Anna WATSON (Lab) 482
12.10am: Another result in. Croft (Lab hold)
Kath NISBET (Lab) 556
Mark PEART (Reform UK) 49
Paul Edward TAYLOR (Ind) 28
Martin TULIP (Con) 293
11.50pm: One result down, 66 to go.
11.45pm: Cowpen (Lab Hold)
William Barry Elliot (IND) - 70
Adam Christopher Parsons (CON) - 378
Margaret Catherine Richardson (LAB) - 398
11.38pm: First results are in.
11.20pm: Rothbury Independent candidate Steven Bridgett, who is looking to retain his seat, said the turnout is set to exceed 2017 figures. He said: “Polling is looking quite good, thanks to postal voting.”
11.10pm: Northumberland's returning officer, Kelly Angus, has reminded all those present at the count in Blyth to observe social distancing.
11.00pm: Hexham MP Guy Opperman is predicting that Conservatives will win seats in the Blyth Valley area on the County Council.
10.35pm: Northumberland's first declaration is expected at around 10.45pm.
10.30pm: Jeff Reid, Liberal Democrat leader in Northumberland, has predicted "one or two surprises at some point" tonight.
10.20pm: The first ballot boxes have arrived at Blyth Sports Centre.
10.00pm: Northumberland County Council's returning officer, Kelly Angus, has announced the count will begin at 10pm precisely.
9.55pm: In 2017, the turnout was 40.5% with 100,765 valid votes cast.
9.45pm: The current make-up of Northumberland County Council is 32 Conservative councillors; 22 Labour; 3 Independents in Bedlington, 3 Liberal Democrats; 6 non-aligned; and one vacancy in Alnwick. There is no overall control, with the Conservative party needing to gain two seats to take control.
9.35pm: Although polling stations were Covid secure, with safety measures in place, there were 86,000 applications for postal ballots this year.
9.30pm: There are 227 polling stations in Northumberland, including one on Holy Island for its 180 residents. Once polling stations close, the ballot boxes will travel across 2,000sq miles in total.
9.20pm: Counters are beginning to gather in Blyth Sports Centre ahead of the ballot boxes arriving shortly after 10pm.
9.00pm: An hour until the polls close but candidates can now start heading to the count at Blyth Sports Centre.
8.45pm: Will we see a repeat of 2017 where a winner is decided by the drawing of straws? https://www.berwick-advertiser.co.uk/news/extraordinary-end-election-seat-decided-drawing-straws-411241
8.30pm: As well as the county council elections, people have also been voting for Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner. Here is a reminder of what the four candidates say they will do if elected https://www.northumberlandgazette.co.uk/news/politics/what-the-police-commissioner-candidates-would-do-for-you-if-elected-3222698
7.30pm: Here are all the candidates standing in this year’s election https://www.northumberlandgazette.co.uk/news/politics/all-candidates-for-the-2021-northumberland-county-council-elections-on-may-6-3203975?itm_source=parsely-api
7.05pm: Residents have been heading to Covid secure polling stations all day to vote in their next county councillor.