Elections

This page provides information on elections and referendums held in Northumberland.

Information on Business Improvement Districts

A BID is a company established and run by the business community to deliver services and projects according to the business community.  A Business Improvement District (BID) covers a defined geographical area within which the businesses agree to contribute additional funding to develop projects and services. 

 

Morpeth Business Improvement District (BID)

Morpeth BID Steering Group (the BID proposer) has developed a proposal to introduce a Business Improvement District in Morpeth town centre.   A BID can only be introduced by way of a ballot involving all business premises (or hereditaments) that may be affected by the proposal.

The ballot for the Morpeth BID proposal will be conducted wholly by post, by the ballot holder appointed by Northumberland County Council which is:

UK Engage, Image House, 10 Acorn Business Park, Heaton Lane, Stockport, SK4 1AS, whose contact details can be found below.


What is a BID?

The purpose of a BID is to deliver services and projects that improve the trading environment and support economic growth. The services and projects must be additional to services already provided by local authorities and the police. The proposed projects and services for Morpeth have been developed through consultation with all those businesses and stakeholders affected.  If successful at ballot, a BID company is established and governed by a Board of Directors recruited from within the business community. 

The proposed BID for Morpeth covers the town centre and is within a defined geographical boundary stretching from the top of Newgate Street to the Railway Station, north to south and from High Stanners to Low Stanners, East to West. 

If successful, businesses within the BID boundary agree to fund the company through a compulsory levy.  

 

Who can vote?

Eligible voters in the ballot will be the non-domestic ratepayer listed on the Council’s database for each business premise situated in the geographical area of the proposed BID.

The BID Levy Rules

The full BID levy rules are set out in the Morpeth BID Prospectus and Business Plan on pg 23 which is available online and will be included in the ballot packs that voters will receive.  These rules explain who is entitled to vote in the BID ballot, who is liable for the BID levy, when levy payments should be made, and the circumstances which permit exemptions.  The Levy rules include the following:

  • There is no minimum or maximum levy threshold and therefore all businesses within the boundary would be required to pay the compulsory levy.
  • The exception to this will be local voluntary groups and charities with no commercial activities, places of worship and schools; these organisations will not be liable for the levy.
  • The BID levy will not be affected by the small business rate relief scheme. The levy will still be paid by those businesses that are exempt from business rates due to the small business rate relief.
  • Subject to a successful ballot, the BID will operate a “Friends of the BID” scheme to enable businesses outside the BID area to make voluntary levy payments in exchange for benefits provided by the BID.  Prospective voluntary levy payers cannot participate in the ballot.
UK Engage will issue a Notice of Ballot to every eligible voter 2 weeks before the official ballot papers are despatched.  This Notice will give details and a timetable for the voting process.  Voters will need to adhere to those scheduled dates in respect of appointing a proxy (to vote on the eligible voter’s behalf), applying for a replacement ballot paper in the case of lost/spoilt papers and the return date for ballot papers.

Each person entitled to vote in this ballot will have one vote in respect of each business premise occupied or (if unoccupied) owned by them in the geographical area of the proposed BID.

 




 

 

Ballot timetable
 

Activity

TIME

if applicable

Date

Notice of Ballot published and sent out to voters

 

19 February 2018

Ballot pack and Business Plan sent out to voters

 

5 March 2018

Proxy appointment deadline

5pm

30 March 2018

First day to apply for a replacement for a lost/not received ballot paper

 

3 April 2018

Proxy cancellation deadline

5pm

4 April 2018

Last day to apply for a replacement spoilt ballot paper

 

4 April 2018

Day of ballot

(Last day to receive ballots)

5pm

9 April 2018

Result of ballot

 

10 April 2018



The ballot

The Notice of Ballot is to be published on 19 February and can be viewed at the bottom of this page.  This notice details the geographical area of the ballot and explains who is eligible to take part.

The last day to receive ballot papers will be the 9 April 2018. The votes will be counted and the results announced on the 10 April 2018.




The count of ballot papers

For a BID to be successful there must be a majority of those voting in favour both in terms of numbers voting and also the rateable value represented by those voting.

Ballot papers will be counted on 10 April 2018 and the results declared shortly after. The result can be viewed at the bottom of this page on 10 April 2018.



Contact us

The County Council has appointed UK Engage as the Independent Scrutineer responsible for holding the ballot. They can be contacted at:

Email

enquiries@uk-engage.org

Telephone

0345 209 3770

Post

Independent Scrutineer

UK Engage

Image House

10 Acorn Business Park

Heaton Lane

Stockport

SK4 1AS



Bid documents:

Notice of Ballot 
Declaration of Result

Other documents available from the BID proposer’s website www.morpethbid.co.uk
Notice of Ballot
BID Prospectus
BID area map and list of streets
Articles of Association
Baseline Services Agreements
Operating Agreement
Results of Ballot

 

 

The United Kingdom general election of 2017 is scheduled to take place on 8 June 2017.

Member of Parliament Elected : Berwick-upon-Tweed Constituency - Anne-Marie Belinda Trevelyan - The Conservative Party Candidate

The number of votes recorded for each candidate at the election for the constituency of Berwick-Upon-Tweed is as follows:

Scott James Dickinson (Labour Party) 10,364
Julie Pörksen (Liberal Democrat) 8,916
Thomas Leslie Stewart (Green Party) 787
Anne -Marie Belinda Trevelyan ( The Consevative Party Candaidate) 22,145


Declaration of results for Berwick-upon-Tweed Constituency

Member of Parliament Elected : Blyth Valley Constituency - Ronnie Campbell - Labour Party

The number of votes recorded for each candidate at the election for the constituency of Blyth Valley is as follows:

Ronnie Campbell (Labour Party) 23,770
Dawn Furness (Green Party) 918
Ian Levy (The Conservative Party Candidate) 15,855
Jeff Reid (Liberal Democrats) 1,947

Declaration of results for Blyth Valley constituency


Member of Parliament Elected : Hexham Constituency - Guy Opperman -The Conservative Party Candidate

The number of votes recorded for each candidate at the election for the constituency of Hexham is as follows:

Wesley James Foot (The Green Party) 1,253
Fiona Jane Hall (Liberal Democrats) 3,285
Francis Stuart Miles (UK Independence Party (UKIP)) 930
Guy Thomas Opperman (The Conservative Party Candidate) 24,996
Stephen Alan Powers (Labour and Co-Operative Party) 15,760

Declaration of results for Hexham constituency

Member of Parliament Elected : Wansbeck Constituency - Ian Lavery - Labour Party

The number of votes recorded for each candidate at the election for the constituency of 
Wansbeck is as follows:

Chris Galley (The Conservative Party Candidate) 13,903
Melanie Hurst (UK Independence Party (UKIP)) 1,483
Ian Lavery (Labour Party) 24,338
Steven John Leyland (The Green Party) 715
Joan Carol Tebbutt (Liberal Democrats) 2,015

Declaration of results for Wansbeck constituency




 

Poll cards will be delivered as a reminder to electors who are registered and eligible to vote in the election to be held on Thursday 8th June.  If you do received a poll card you should ring the elections office on 01670 624811 to check if you are registered.

Whilst you do not need a poll card to cast your vote, you do need to be registered on the electoral roll.
   
All out elections for the 67 seats of the County council divisions will be held on Thursday 4 May 2017.

West
South East
  North
  
Poll cards have been delivered as a reminder to electors who are registered and eligible to vote in the election to be held on Thursday 4 May.  If you have not received a poll card you should ring the elections office on 01670 624811 to check if you are registered.

Whilst you do not need a poll card to cast your vote, you do need to be registered on the electoral roll.
   

 
All out Parish and Town Council elections will be held on Thursday 4 May 2017 throughout Northumberland. Vacancies currently are 1237 seats at individual Parish and Town level.

ELECTION RESULTS

To view a complete and detailed list of results for the Town and Parish council elections on Thursday 4 May 2017, please click on the link below:
Information and results of the referendum.

Election for the Northumbria police crime commissioner (Northumberland) area.

The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) election for the Northumbria Police Force Area was held on Thursday 5 May 2016.

The Police Area Returning Officer (PARO) for Northumbria is Sue Stanhope Sunderland City Councuil. She is responsible for coordinating this election across Northumbria.

Parliamentary elections are held every five years. This section contains the latest information on the parliamentary elections for 2015.

Northumberland has 4 Members of Parliament M.P.s who each serve one constituency, these are Berwick-Upon-Tweed, Blyth Valley, Hexham and Wansbeck.  UK Parliamentary General elections happen on the first Thursday in May every 5 years, the last election was 2015.  
Here you will find details of the elections held in previous years.