North Tyneside mayoral election

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Norma Redfearn: win "sends a message to national government"

Labour's Norma Redfearn is the new mayor of North Tyneside. She was elected with 27,905 votes; a share of 55%.

She beat Conservative Linda Arkley, who has been mayor for the past four years. Liberal Democrat candidate John Appleby came third.

The new mayor spoke to her supporters after the win.

"Thank you everyone, this is truly wonderful."This sends a message to national Government about the kind of things that are happening in our council.

They are causing great concern to the families in North Tyneside

– Norma Redfearn, mayor of North Tyneside

But Ms Arkley said she fought her campaign on local, not national issues.

"I congratulate you as the elected mayor. I hope you will continue the good work that has happened over the last four years.

"This was an election about North Tyneside, not national issues."

– Conservative Linda Arkley, former mayor of North Tyneside

Turnout was just over 32 per cent, dropping from 38 per cent in 2009 and down further from 61 per cent in 2005.

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