Types of Election

Everyone in the area covered by Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council is represented by:
  • 59 local councillors,
  • Two MPs,
  • 77 Parish Councillors
  • 3 members of the European Parliament North East Region,
  • A Police and Crime Commissioner for the Cleveland Police Area.

General (Parliamentary) Elections

General elections take place once every 5 years. The next election is scheduled for 8 June 2017.

In general elections, you vote to elect somebody to represent your views in Parliament, as an MP.

Visit www.parliament.uk/ for information about the role of MPs and the work of parliament.

Local Elections

Local elections are held on a 4-year cycle and there is an election every 4 years. The next election is scheduled for May 2019.

In local elections, you vote to elect somebody to represent your views in the Council, as a councillor. There are 22 electoral wards in Redcar and Cleveland and each ward has 1,2 or 3 councillors:

Brotton 3 Coatham 2
Dormanstown 3 Eston 3
Grangetown 2 Guisborough 3
Hutton 3 Kirkleatham 3
Lockwood 1 Loftus 3
Longbeck 3 Newcomen 2
Normanby 3 Ormesby 3
Saltburn 3 Skelton 3
South Bank 3 St Germains 3
Teesville 3 West Dyke 3
Westworth 2 Zetland 2

European Parliamentary Elections

European Parliamentary Elections are held every 5 years; the next one is scheduled for 2019.

In European Parliamentary Elections, you vote to elect somebody to represent your views in the European Parliament as an MEP.

There are 12 European electoral regions in the UK; each region has between 3 and 10 MEPs.

Redcar and Cleveland is in the North East region and has 3 MEPs.

Visit the European Parliament website for more information about the role of MEPs and the work of the European parliament.

Police and Crime Commissioner Election

The Cleveland Police Area Police and Crime Commissioner elections are held every 4 years, the next one scheduled for 5th May 2016.

In Police and Crime Commissioner Election, you vote for somebody you want to oversee the police in the Cleveland Police area. You have a first and second preference choice on the ballot paper.

Visit the Cleveland Police Commissioner website for more information about the role of the Police and Crime Commissioner.


A by-election is held to fill a political office vacancy that becomes available between regularly scheduled elections. This is usually due to the death or resignation of the person holding the office in question


A referendum is a general vote by the electorate on a single political question, which has been referred to them for a direct decision.

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