3 May 2012 Lab 48, Independents 4, Con 1, UKIP 1 Now Lab 48, UKIP 2, Independent 1, Independent – Putting People First 1, Con 1, Vacant 1
Elected on 6 May 2010: Lab 16, Ind 1, Con 1 • Steven Harrison (Fellgate and Hedworth) sits as a non-aligned Independent. • On 11 February 2011, it was reported that the Conservative leader, David Potts (Cleadon and East Boldon), who stated that he was a recovering alcoholic and recognised that public life was of no benefit to his recovery, had resigned from the Conservative group and now sits as an Independent. He had been involved in a row, following his attack on local MP, David Miliband, on a social networking site, but denied that this was a factor in his resignation. • On 11 November 2011, it was reported that David Potts (Ind) (Cleadon and East Boldon) had joined UKIP. • On 3 May 2012, Lynne Proudlock (Lab) held the second seat in Simonside and Rekendyke ward, following the death of Joan Meeks (Lab), who had “died of a broken heart”, as she struggled to come to terms with the sudden death from heart failure of her daughter, aged 49, earlier in the year.
Elected on 6 May 2011: Lab 15, Ind 3 • George Elsom (Cleadon Park) sits as a Real Independent. • Linda Hemmer (Fellgate and Hedworth) sits as a non-aligned Independent. • Jane Branley (Westoe) is a member of the Ind Alliance.
Elected on 3 May 2012: Lab 17(18), Con 1
At the Annual Meeting of the Council on 15 May 2012, the six opposition members had formed themselves into two groups: • A South Tyneside Independent Group comprising George Elsom (Cleadon Park), Steven Harrison (Fellgate and Hedworth) and Linda Hemmer (Fellgate and Hedworth) • A South Tyneside First Group comprising Jane Branley (Independent) (Westoe), Jeffrey Milburn (Con) (Cleadon and East Boldon) and David Potts (UKIP) (Cleadon and East Boldon)
On 7 June 2013, it was reported that George Elsom (Cleadon Park) (retires 2015), Steven Harrison (Fellgate and Hedworth) (retires 2014) and Linda Hemmer (Fellgate and Hedworth) (retires 2015), all elected as Independents and forming the South Tyneside Independent Group, had joined UKIP, which became the official opposition. George Elsom became Group Leader and Leader of the Opposition. According to Iain Malcolm, the Labour Leader of the Council, all three had once been members of the Labour Party.
27 June 2013 – Cleadon and East Boldon – Lab gain from UKIP – Margaret Meling (Lab) gained the by-election, caused by the death of David Potts (UKIP), at the age of 30, on 28 April 2013, after a long battle with alcoholism (retires 2014).
27 June 2013 – Primrose – Lab hold – Moira Smith (Lab) held the by-election, caused by the resignation of Emma Lewell-Buck (Lab), following her election as MP for South Tyneside in the parliamentary by-election on 3 May 2013 (retires 2014).
On 22 August 2013, George Elsom (Cleadon Park) resigned from UKIP, saying that he believed UKIP is more interested in making a political dent nationally than putting resources into supporting candidates at a local level. He sits again as a Real Independent. He is now shown on the South Tyneside website as “Independent – Putting People First”.
On 16 January 2014, it was reported that Bob Watters (Lab) (West Park) had died suddenly, leaving an unfilled vacancy (retires 2014).
Elected on 6 May 2010: Lab 16, Ind 1, Con 1 Defended on 22 May 2014: Lab 17 (including 1 vacant seat), UKIP 1