|Mayor of North Tyneside|
4 June 2009 – 2 May 2013
|Preceded by||John Harrison|
|Succeeded by||Norma Redfearn|
12 June 2003 – 5 May 2005
|Preceded by||Chris Morgan|
|Succeeded by||John Harrison|
|North Tyneside Councillor for Preston ward|
6 October 2005 – 4 June 2009
|Preceded by||Martin Van Der Merwe|
|Succeeded by||David Sarin|
|North Tyneside Councillor for Tynemouth ward|
2 May 1996 – 12 June 2003
2 May 1991 – 4 May 1995
|Residence||North Shields, Tyne and Wear|
|Website||Linda Arkley - Councillor|
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.
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.
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. 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.
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. 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.
North of Tyne
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. 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."  Arkley would go on to lose the nomination to local businessman Charlie Hoult.
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