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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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elections and voting

Stockton-on-Tees has 56 Councillors representing each of the 26 wards (areas) across the borough. Each Councillor must stand for re-election every four years.


Tees Valley Combined Authority Mayoral Election

The next election will be on Thursday 4 May 2017 to elect the Mayor of the Tees Valley Combined Authority. More information about the role of the Mayor is available on the Tees Valley Mayor website.


Notice of Election


Information for Prospective Candidates and Agents

Candidate Nomination Pack

Code of Conduct for Campaigners

Election Addresses

Election Addresses Additional Guidance

Election material and imprints 

General Information

Guidance on the conduct of tellers in and around polling places

Key Issues

Letter to Mayoral Candidates and Agents 17 February 2017

Letter to Mayoral Candidates and Agents 3 March 2017

Maintaining order and preventing undue influence outside polling stations

Notification of secrecy requirements

Summary of Electoral Offences

Tellers do's and don'ts

Timetable for the election 

Verification and Counting of the votes

Verification and Counting of Votes Addendum 

Who can, and who cannot stand as a candidate



Councillor vacancy on Grindon Parish Council 

Grindon Parish Council West Ward - Notice of Vacancy

Notice of Vacancy for this seat was published on 6 March 2017

Guide to filling of casual vacancies on Grindon Parish Council

A written request calling for an election to fill the vacancy will be available for public inspection and copying under Section 228(5) of the Local Government Act 1972.


Councillor vacancies on Billingham Town Council 

Billingham Town Council Central Ward - Notice of Election  

A Notice of Vacancy for this seat was published on 6 February 2017. We have received a request to hold an election to fill the seat. Therefore anyone wishing to stand as a candidate should read this Notice of Election published on 14  March 2017.

An election will be held on 20 April  Statement of Persons Nominated 

Billingham Town Council East Ward - Co-option Notice  

A Notice of Vacancy for this seat was published on 21 February 2017. As no request was made for an election to be held by the 13 March 2017 deadline, the town council intends to seek to fill the vacancy through the co-option process. 

 Guide to filling of casual vacancies on Billingham Town Council


Community Governance Review - Grindon Parish

Following receipt of a 'valid' petition calling for Grindon to be split into two separate parishes, Stockton Council is required to carry out a consultation with all local government electors in Grindon Parish to seek their views about the proposal.

The petition stated:

“Thorpe Thewles village is part of Grindon Parish Council. The Parish Council works for you and your community influencing planning, fly tipping, environmental issues and local matters. It is also a link to Stockton Borough Council Departments.

From the maps you can see Grindon Parish Council is in two areas, Grindon East which is mainly Wynyard Park and Grindon West which consists of Thorpe Thewles and The Elms near Junction Road.

Over the years the demands and needs of these communities in Grindon West and Grindon East have become more and more diverse due to the number of houses in each area. There are approximately 800 houses in Wynyard and another 400 planned making a total of 1200 whilst in Grindon West there are approximately 200 homes.

There is a feeling among some residents that the Grindon Parish Council should be split into separate areas and manage their own affairs.”

Local Government electors will receive a letter explaining the consultation and includes a pre-paid envelope for their responses.

The consultation ends on 28 February 2017 so reply slips and comments MUST be returned by then.

Findings and recommendations will be considered at a Council meeting on 20 April 2017, who will decide next steps.

If you have any questions, please call our helpline (01642) 526196. Terms of Reference for the Review Notice of Community Governance Review

Legal Notices


Recent Elections

Yarm Town Council By-election 

There was a by-election held on Thursday 19 January 2017 to elect a new Councillor to represent Yarm Town Council.

Barbara Wegg (Yarm Residents Association) was elected.

For further information, please see the legal notices below: 

Declaration of results


Billingham Town Council South Ward

Following the Notice of Election for the vacant seat on Billingham Town Council - Billingham South Ward only one nomination was received and therefore the election was uncontested.  

Notice of Uncontested Election


Elton Parish Council

A recent Community Governance Review took place regarding the future of Elton Parish Council, following a prolonged period of inactivity. This led to the decision to seek the election of new parish councillors to continue its existence.

Notice of Uncontested Election for Elton Parish Council 


Grangefield Ward By-Election

There was a by-election held on Thursday 1 September 2016 to elect a new Councillor to represent the Ward, following the death of Michael Clark.

Stephen John Richardson (Conservative) was elected.

For further information, please see the legal notices below: 

Declaration of result


EU Referendum

There was a national Referendum on Thursday 23 June 2016, to decide whether Britain stayed in or left the European Union. The results for Stockton can be found on the EU Referendum 2016 Results page.

2016 Police and Crime Commissioner Election

Barry Coppinger was elected as Police and Crime Commissioner.

Full election results for 2016 were as follows:


Result of the Parkfield and Oxbridge Ward By-Election*  

Allan Mitchell was elected as the new councillor to represent the Parkfield and Oxbridge Ward on Stockton on Tees Borough Council in a poll held on Thursday 28 January 2016. Details of the number of votes and turnout are available in the Declaration of Result below.

Declaration of Result for the Parkfield & Oxbridge Ward By-Election


Result of the Billingham Town Council Billingham North Ward By-Election*

Colin Leckonby was elected as the new councillor to represent Billingham North Ward on Billingham Town Council in a poll held on Thursday 10 December 2015. Details of the number of votes and turnout are available in the Declaration of Result below.

Declaration of Result for the Billingham North Ward By-Election


*A by-election takes place when there is a councillor vacancy in a ward (area) between full Town and Parish elections.  The next full Town and Parish elections are due to take place in 2019.  


Past Elections

Parliamentary elections 

Parliamentary elections 2015    Results

The two members of Parliament elected in May 2015 to represent the Borough were:


Alex Cunningham MP Stockton North   Tel: 01642 345291

Unit 121, Stockton Business Centre, 70-74 Brunswick Street, Stockton-on-Tees TS18 1DW. 


James Wharton MP Stockton South      Tel: 01642 636235

Suite 6, DTV Business Centre, Orde Wingate Way, Stockton-on-Tees TS19 0GD. 


Local District and Town/Parish elections 2015

District Elections  Results

Parish & Town Council Elections  May 2015 results


Media Election Information


Prospective Candidates Information


Parish and Town Council Elections

Parish Polls
Parish polls provide an opportunity for local electors to express an opinion on a specific local subject, either by giving an answer to a question, or an appointment to any office. Ten electors or one third of electors present and voting at a relevant Parish Meeting (whichever number is less), may demand a poll on a question or the appointment to an office.

  • There is no provision for the issue of poll cards or absent voting (postal or proxies). Polling is only in person at your local polling station.
  • A Notice will be put up in the parish not less than 5 days before the poll
  • Polling will be from 4:00pm to 9:00pm
  • The result is not binding on the Parish or Unitary Council.


Youth Parliament Election 2015

The borough wide youth election for Member of Youth Parliament was held in February 2013. Six candidates stood for election. Jess Hugill from Conyers School, Yarm, was elected as the Member for the UK Youth Parliament with Kushan Bhardwaj from St Patrick's Catholic College as her Deputy.

The Youth Parliamentary Election results for 2015 were as follows:


European Elections 2014

The election took place on Thursday 22 May 2014. The three people elected as Members of European Parliament (MEP)  to represent the North East Region are:

Paul Brannen

Jude Kirton-Darling

Jonathan Arnott

As well as Stockton on Tees, the North East Region also includes County Durham, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Northumberland, Redcar & Cleveland and Tyne & Wear. 

European Parliamentary elections are held every five years, so the next one is due in 2019.


Police and Crime Commissioner Election 2012

Police and Crime Commissioner elections took place on 15 November 2012. Barry Coppinger was elected as the first Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland Police.

The results of the first and second stage counts are below:


Older Election Results

If you require results from older elections please contact the Electoral Registration Office on 01642 526196, or send an email to