Sunderland City Council
|Founded||1 April 1974|
Mayor of Sunderland
Cllr David Snowdon, Labour
since 3rd May 2019
Leader of the Council
Cllr Graeme Miller, Labour
since 16th May 2018
Cllr Paul Stewart, Labour
Leader of the Opposition
Cllr Dr Antony Mullen, Conservative
since 21st June 2018
|North East Combined Authority|
|First past the post|
|2016 (one third of councillors)|
2018 (one third of councillors)
2019 (one third of councillors)
|2021 (one third of councillors)|
2022 (one third of councillors)
2023 (one third of councillors)
|Nil desperandum auspice deo|
|Sunderland Civic Centre|
Sunderland City Council is the local authority of the City of Sunderland in Tyne and Wear, England. It is a metropolitan district council, one of five in Tyne and Wear and one of 36 in the metropolitan counties of England, and provides the majority of local government services in Sunderland.
Sunderland City Council has been controlled by the Labour Party from its formation in 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972. There are currently 49 Labour councillors, 12 Conservatives, eight Liberal Democrats, three UKIP, one Green and one Independent on the Council. As of January 2021, there are vacancies in the Copt Hill and Houghton Wards, as the former councillors, Jack Cunningham and Alex Scullion respectively, resigned from the Council during 2020.
Sunderland's Council area comprises 25 wards, each electing three councillors. Elections are held in thirds, in three years out of every four. Between 1974 and 1986, elections were held in every fourth year to Tyne and Wear County Council, until the County Council was abolished. In 1982 and 2004, all seats on Sunderland Council were up for election following boundary changes.
At the first round of elections in 1973, 78 councillors were elected from 26 wards, and the make-up of the Council was: 56 Labour councillors, 21 Conservatives, and one Independent.
At the 1982 local elections following boundary changes, 75 councillors were elected from 25 wards, and the composition of the Council was: 49 Labour, 15 Conservatives, eight SDP-Liberal Alliance, and three Independent Labour councillors
At the 2004 local elections following boundary changes, 75 councillors were elected from 25 wards, and the composition of the Council was: 61 Labour councillors, 12 Conservatives and two Liberal Democrats.
In the May 2016 local elections, the Labour Party gained two seats, the Conservatives held two seats, and the Liberal Democrats won one seat. This made the composition of the Council for 2016/17: 67 Labour councillors, six Conservatives, one Liberal Democrat and one Independent. Following by-elections in January 2017 and February 2018, the Liberal Democrats gained two further seats from the Labour Party.
In the May 2019 local elections, the Labour Party lost ten seats: four to the Conservatives, three to UKIP, two to the Liberal Democrats, and one to the Green Party. Neither UKIP nor the Green Party had previously been represented on the City Council.
The Sunderland City Council area is coterminous with the boundaries of the city's three parliamentary constituencies – Sunderland Central, Houghton and Sunderland South and Washington and Sunderland West – and the 25 Council wards are distributed between them.
The following Sunderland Council wards fall within the Sunderland Central constituency: Barnes, Fulwell, Hendon, Millfield, Pallion, Ryhope, St Michael's (covering the areas of Ashbrooke and Hill View), St Peter's (covering the areas of Roker and Monkwearmouth) and Southwick.
Houghton and Sunderland South constituency comprises the wards of Copt Hill, Doxford, Hetton, Houghton, St Chad’s (covering the areas of Herrington and Farringdon), Sandhill (covering the areas of Thorney Close, Grindon and Springwell), Shiney Row, and Silksworth.
Washington and Sunderland West constituency comprises the wards of Castle (covering the areas of Castletown and Town End Farm), Redhill (covering Redhouse and Witherwack), St Anne's (covering South Hylton and Pennywell), Washington Central, Washington East, Washington North, Washington South and Washington West.
|Sunderland Central||Houghton and Sunderland South||Washington and Sunderland West|
P. St Michael's
Q. St Peter's
|C. Copt Hill
O. St Chad's
S. Shiney Row
N. St Anne's
V. Washington Central
W. Washington East
X. Washington North
Y. Washington South
Z. Washington West
Sunderland's 25 Council wards are each represented by three elected councillors.
|Parliamentary Constituency||Ward||Councillors||Assumed office|
|Sunderland Central||Barnes||Rebecca Atkinson||5 May 2016|
|Antony Mullen||3 May 2018|
|Helen Greener||2 May 2019|
|Washington and Sunderland West||Castle||Denny Wilson||5 May 2016|
|Doris MacKnight||3 May 2018|
|Stephen Foster||2 May 2019|
|Houghton and Sunderland South||Copt Hill||Kevin Johnston||5 May 2016|
|Melanie Thornton||2 May 2019|
|Houghton and Sunderland South||Doxford||Christine Marshall||5 May 2016|
|Elizabeth Gibson||3 May 2018|
|Heather Fagan||2 May 2019|
|Sunderland Central||Fulwell||Bob Francis||5 May 2016|
|George Howe||3 May 2018|
|James Doyle||2 May 2019|
|Sunderland Central||Hendon||Michael Mordey||5 May 2016|
|Barbara McClennan||3 May 2018|
|Lynda Scanlan||2 May 2019|
|Houghton and Sunderland South||Hetton||James Blackburn||5 May 2016|
|Claire Rowntree||3 May 2018|
|Doris Turner||2 May 2019|
|Houghton and Sunderland South||Houghton||vacant|
|Neil MacKnight||3 May 2018|
|Juliana Heron||2 May 2019|
|Sunderland Central||Millfield||Niall Hodson||5 May 2016|
|Andrew Wood||3 May 2018|
|Julia Potts||2 May 2019|
|Sunderland Central||Pallion||Amy Wilson||5 May 2016|
|George Smith||3 May 2018|
|Martin Haswell||2 May 2019|
|Washington and Sunderland West||Redhill||Ronny Davison||5 May 2016|
|Paul Stewart||3 May 2018|
|Keith Jenkins||2 May 2019|
|Sunderland Central||Ryhope||Paula Hunt||5 May 2016|
|Michael Essl||3 May 2018|
|Steven Bewick||2 May 2019|
|Houghton and Sunderland South||Sandhill||Debra Waller||5 May 2016|
|Margaret Crosby||2 May 2019|
|Stephen O'Brien||2 May 2019|
|Houghton and Sunderland South||Shiney Row||Anne Lawson||5 May 2016|
|Melville Speding||3 May 2018|
|Geoff Walker||2 May 2019|
|Houghton and Sunderland South||Silksworth||Patricia Smith||5 May 2016|
|Philip Tye||3 May 2018|
|Peter Gibson||2 May 2019|
|Sunderland Central||Southwick||Kelly Chequer||5 May 2016|
|Alex Samuels||3 May 2018|
|Michael Butler||2 May 2019|
|Washington and Sunderland West||St Anne's||Susan Watson||5 May 2016|
|Karen Wood||3 May 2018|
|Pam Mann||2 May 2019|
|Houghton and Sunderland South||St Chad's||Darryl Dixon||5 May 2016|
|William Blackett||3 May 2018|
|Dominic McDonough||2 May 2019|
|Sunderland Central||St Michael's||Robert Oliver||5 May 2016|
|Michael Dixon||3 May 2018|
|Peter Wood||2 May 2019|
|Sunderland Central||St Peter's||Julia Jackson||5 May 2016|
|Shirley Leadbitter||3 May 2018|
|Josh McKeith||2 May 2019|
|Washington and Sunderland West||Washington Central||Dianne Snowdon||5 May 2016|
|Linda Williams||3 May 2018|
|Len Lauchlan||2 May 2019|
|Washington and Sunderland West||Washington East||David Snowdon||5 May 2016|
|Tony Taylor||3 May 2018|
|Fiona Miller||2 May 2019|
|Washington and Sunderland West||Washington North||John Kelly||5 May 2016|
|Jill Fletcher||3 May 2018|
|Peter Walker||2 May 2019|
|Washington and Sunderland West||Washington South||Louise Farthing||5 May 2016|
|Graeme Miller||3 May 2018|
|Dom Armstrong||2 May 2019|
|Washington and Sunderland West||Washington West||Bernard Scaplehorn||5 May 2016|
|Dorothy Trueman||3 May 2018|
|Henry Trueman||2 May 2019|
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