Newcastle by-election called

Credit: Newcastle City Council

A by-election will be held in Newcastle after a city councillor resigned.

Labour's Ben Riley, member for the Blakelaw ward, stood down after accepting a job overseas.

Leader of Newcastle City Council, Cllr Nick Forbes, said:

I am sorry to see Ben leaving the council.

He has been a really hardworking ward councillor, and has taken a particular interest in safeguarding issues and children in local authority care.

Ben has accepted a teaching job in the Middle East, a once in a lifetime opportunity that he simply couldn't turn down. I wish him all the very best with his exciting new adventure.

– Cllr Nick Forbes

A by-election will take place on Thursday 24 November 2016.