On 4th of May 2017, residents of Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland and Stockton-on-Tees elected the first Tees Valley Mayor. A second election for the role was set to take place in May 2020 however was postponed due to the Covid-19 outbreak to 6 May 2021.
The Mayor chairs the Combined Authority and works alongside the five Tees Valley Councils to improve the economy of the area, bring in new investment and create jobs. He has responsibility over transport, homes & communities, culture & tourism, skills & education, business growth & investment and devolution.
The Tees Valley Combined Authority was created in April 2016. Its purpose is to drive economic growth and job creation in the area. It is a partnership of five authorities; Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland and Stockton-on-Tees, working closely with the business community and other partners to make local decisions to support the growth of our economy.
Due to the election being postponed from May 2020, the next term of the Tees Valley Mayor is three years.
Registered voters aged 18 and over and living in the Local Authority areas of Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland and Stockton-on-Tees.
The deadline for registering to vote in this election is 11.59pm on 19 April 2021. You can find out if you are registered to vote by contacting your local Electoral Registration Office or visiting your local council website. If you do not know which Local Authority area you live in, visit https://www.gov.uk/contact-electoral-registration-office
The deadline for registering to vote in this election is 11.59pm on 19 April 2021. You can register to vote by visiting https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
The election is taking place on Thursday, 6 May 2021. Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm.
You can vote in person at the polling station specified on your polling card, by post or by asking someone else to vote for you (by proxy).
Visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/apply-for-a-postal-vote for an application form and send it to your local Electoral Registration Office.
Your application form must arrive at your local Electoral Registration Office by 20 April at 5pm if you want to vote by post on 6 May 2021.
If you want to vote by proxy on 6 May 2021, your application form must arrive at your local Electoral Registration Office by 27 April at 5pm.You can only apply for a proxy vote under certain circumstances, including:
There are many different types of form depending on why you need a proxy vote. For more information, visit https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/proxy-voting-application-forms
Visit https://wheredoivote.co.uk/ to find your nearest polling station. It will also be on your polling card.
You do not need to take any identification to vote, nor do you need to take your polling card.
There is an election taking place on the same day for Police and Crime Commissioners across the UK.
If you live in Darlington, you can find out more information at https://www.durham-pcc.gov.uk/news-and-events/elections
If you live in Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland or Stockton-on-Tees, you can find out more information at https://www.cleveland.pcc.police.uk/commissioner/election-2021/
If you are in Hartlepool, there is also a by-election taking place for your local MP and Local Government elections. For more information, visit https://www.hartlepool.gov.uk/elections