Linda Arkley

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Linda Arkley

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Mayor of North Tyneside
In office
4 June 2009 – 2 May 2013
Preceded byJohn Harrison
Succeeded byNorma Redfearn
In office
12 June 2003 – 5 May 2005
Preceded byChris Morgan
Succeeded byJohn Harrison
North Tyneside Councillor for Preston ward
In office
6 October 2005 – 4 June 2009
Preceded byMartin Van Der Merwe
Succeeded byDavid Sarin
North Tyneside Councillor for Tynemouth ward
In office
2 May 1996 – 12 June 2003
In office
2 May 1991 – 4 May 1995
Personal details
Political partyConservative
ResidenceNorth Shields, Tyne and Wear
WebsiteLinda Arkley - Councillor

Linda Arkley OBE is a British Conservative politician who served as Mayor of North Tyneside from 2003 to 2005 and from 2009 to 2013.

Early life[edit]

Arkley attended The Bede School in Sunderland, and studied at both Sunderland University and Northumbria University. For most of Arkley's professional career she worked as a nurse and health visitor.[1]

Political career[edit]

North Tyneside[edit]

Arkley was first elected as a councillor for Tynemouth ward in 1991, a seat she held until 1995 before regaining it in 1996. She served as deputy leader of the Conservative group on North Tyneside council.

The Conservative mayor of North Tyneside, Chris Morgan, resigned in 2003. Arkley stood in the subsequent by-election, and won in the second round. She was defeated in 2005 by Labour candidate John Harrison.[2]

She stood in a council by-election in 2005, and was elected to represent Preston ward.

Arkley regained the mayoralty of North Tyneside in 2009, when she defeated Harrison.[3] Towards the end of Arkley's second term she was expelled from a meeting of North Tyneside Council after she “berated” Labour councillor Sandra Graham after she asked questions about workers’ rights and the safeguarding of external funding.[4]

In May 2013 she was defeated by the Labour candidate Norma Redfearn.

Arkley stood as the Conservative candidate for Tynemouth ward in 2014, when she was defeated by the Labour incumbent, Sarah Day.[5] In the 2015 local elections, Linda Arkley again unsuccessfully attempted to return to North Tyneside Council by standing in Benton ward where she lost to Labour's Janet Hunter.[6]

North of Tyne[edit]

In March 2019, Linda Arkley announced her intention to seek the Conservative nomination in the inaugural North of Tyne Mayoral election, noting that she was the only declared female candidate for the office.[7] Having chosen the International Women's Day to announce her decision, she has told ChronicleLife that her candidacy has been inspired by "making sure this isn't a male dominated race." [8] Arkley would go on to lose the nomination to local businessman Charlie Hoult.[9]


Arkley was made an Order of the British Empire in 2018 for political service.[10]


  1. ^ ""Lining Up for Mayor Battle" - Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England), June 9, 2003 | Online Research Library: Questia". Retrieved 2019-09-15.
  2. ^ "English elect councils and mayors". BBC news. 2005-05-07. Retrieved 2007-05-11.
  3. ^ Pearson, Adrian (2009-05-05). "David Cameron meets North Tyneside voters". nechronicle. Retrieved 2019-03-08.
  4. ^ Butcher, Joanne (2013-03-01). "North Tyneside mayor gets thrown out of meeting". nechronicle. Retrieved 2019-03-08.
  5. ^ "2014 local election results | North Tyneside Council". Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  6. ^ "Labour strengthens its control of North Tyneside Council". Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  7. ^ "Another Tory candidate revealed for North of Tyne mayor". Retrieved 2019-03-08.
  8. ^ Seddon, Sean (2019-03-08). "Linda Arkley announces run to be Tory North of Tyne mayor candidate". nechronicle. Retrieved 2019-09-20.
  9. ^ Seddon, Sean (2019-03-14). "Charlie Hoult will be the Tory North of Tyne mayor candidate". nechronicle. Retrieved 2019-06-12.
  10. ^ Hutchinson, Lisa (2018-06-08). "Queen's birthday honours - North East list in full". nechronicle. Retrieved 2019-03-08.

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Civic offices
Preceded by
Chris Morgan
Mayor of North Tyneside
Succeeded by
John Harrison
Preceded by
John Harrison
Mayor of North Tyneside
Succeeded by
Norma Redfearn