New North Tyneside Council chairman elected who has served 26 years as councillor

Coun Steve Cox (centre) is the newly elected Chair of North Tyneside Council
Coun Steve Cox (centre) is the newly elected Chair of North Tyneside Council -Credit:ChronicleLive

A Labour councillor of 26 years has been elected as the new chair of North Tyneside Council.

Coun Steve Cox, of Camperdown ward, was elected by 49 of his Labour peers as the local authority’s new chair. The role requires the chair to oversee council meetings and represent North Tyneside at ceremonial and civic occasions.

Coun Cox will replace the former chair, and Shiremoor Labour councillor, Brian Burdis. Coun Burdis told council colleagues his tenure as chair had been an “incredible honour and privilege” and thanked both elected members and council officers for their work over the previous year.

The outgoing chair also told members and colleagues that £11,640 had been raised for the annual ‘good cause’, the Shiremoore Adventure Playground Trust.

Labour colleague councillor Ian Grayson said: “I have known Councillor Cox for over thirty years, and he has been a councillor for over 26 years. I’m confident he will be a chair with honesty, fairness and integrity.

“We have seen that throughout his time as an elected councillor over the years. He has held a number of roles, cabinet, chair of numerous committees, and a member of the planning committee.”

Coun Grayson concluded: “It is my pleasure and honour to propose my friend Councillor Steve Cox as chair of the council.”

The newly appointed chair of North Tyneside Council said: “As the new chair, I would like to give my personal thanks to Brian Burdis for his work as chair over the last municipal year.

"I knew he would have made a great chair and I have learned a lot from him.”