ELECTION DAY: Timings of Teesside elections
TIMINGS and those running in the latest round of elections on Teesside have been unveiled by officials.
Voters will go to the polls on Thursday, May 6, to elect a new police and crime commissioner for Cleveland and cast ballots in the race to become Tees Valley Mayor.
There will be five Stockton Council by-elections fought across Stockton in Yarm, Billingham West, Hartburn, Bishopsgarth and Elm Tree and the Western Parishes.
And there are also two parish elections in Ingleby Barwick West and Yarm in a fight on the lowest rung of government.
More details have been released on how election day and its aftermath will unfold next month.
Stockton Council teams will co-ordinate the process with counts at Thornaby Pavilion.
Polls will open at 7am and close at 10pm on Thursday before boxes of ballots are sent over to the hall.
The five by-elections and parish elections will be counted and completed on the night itself – with results expected at about 12.30am on Friday morning.
Labour runs Stockton Council with a minority administration of 24 out of 56 councillors at the moment.
This means there is an extremely slim possibility that power at the authority could shift next month.
Meanwhile, the two larger races will see counting action resume on Friday morning.
Votes to become the next police and crime commissioner will be counted at about 10am with a result expected at 2pm.
Attention will then shift to the mayoral elections with votes cast for Labour’s Jessie Joe Jacobs and incumbent Conservative Ben Houchen counted after 2pm.
Officials don’t yet know when this result will come in.
Candidates have also been announced and confirmed for each of the other contests.
Residents in Hartlepool, Redcar and Cleveland, Stockton and Middlesbrough will have a choice of four candidates for police and crime commissioner.
Barrie Cooper (Independent)
Chris Jones (Liberal Democrats)
Matthew Storey (Labour Party)
Steve Turner (Conservative)
All 23 candidates in Stockton’s by-election races have also been named.
Mark Bellerby – Independent
Giles Harris – Independent
Paul Jenkins – Labour
John McDermottroe – Reform UK
Raymond Penn – Liberal Democrats
Lee Spence – Conservative
Bishopsgarth and Elm Tree
Matthew Eves – Liberal Democrats
Craig Harker – Independent
Ben Lamb – Labour
Hugo Stratton – Conservative
Michael Elliot – Reform UK
Shakeel Hussain – Labour
Niall Innes – Conservative
Andrew Stephenson – Independent
Stephen Thompson – Labour
Steve Matthews – Conservative
Tony Bell-Berry – Independent
Gail Chandler – Labour
Dan Fagan – Conservative
Alan Gallafant – Independent
Chris Johnson – Independent
Adam Kearney – Liberal Democrats
Residents who are not on the electoral register who wish to vote must apply to register by Monday, April 19.
Town council elections south of the river will feature borough councillors past and present.
Ross Patterson, of the Ingleby Barwick Independent Society, former Labour councillor Paul Rowling, Conservative Michelle Fryer and Independent John Butler are vying for an Ingleby Barwick Town Council seat.
Yarm Town Council will see an all independent clash between Barbara Wegg, Bob Wegg, Carole Jones and Christopher Neil.
The race to become the new MP for Hartlepool will also be held on May 6 alongside full council elections for the coastal borough.
Words: Alex Metcalfe, Local Democracy Reporter
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