The Mayor

Kim McGuinness is the first North East mayor. She was elected on a manifesto dedicated to creating the infrastructure of opportunity, with a plan to end child poverty and create local, well-paid jobs across the region.

Kim McGuinness, North East Mayor

As Mayor, Kim has committed to creating a North East that goes beyond net zero with climate change policies that change lives, where there is a good home for everyone, whether you rent or own and a well-paid job enjoyed by a skilled workforce backed by strong trade unions.

Kim’s economic plan for the North East will be based on three key strands; 

  • improving the foundational economy
  • delivering on the green jobs revolution
  • making regional pride a key economic driver with investment in arts and music, culture and sport.

The Mayor is working to introduce the greenest public transport network in the UK, built around her commitment to a better bus network. In her manifesto she set out a vision for public transport that is safe, reliable, affordable – and publicly owned. 

Prior to becoming mayor, Kim was Police and Crime Commissioner for the Northumbria force area. She made crime prevention and neighbourhood support a key feature of her strategic policing plan Fighting Poverty, Fighting Crime and has invested in youth services as a way of improving life chances for all.

As PCC, Kim oversaw the creation of the region’s first Violence Reduction Unit which saw investment in local Sure Start-style services as a way of supporting families and young people away from desperation and crime.

Kim has led locally on efforts to tackle Violence against Women and Girls, including her flagship domestic abuse policy of putting DA specialist into police call centres.

She is married to David, a serving RAF officer, and lives in Northumberland with their two dogs.

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