The full candidate list for the first ever North East mayoral election has been confirmed.

The deadline for nominations closed at 4pm on Friday 5 April.

There will be six candidates available to vote for on May 2, along with votes for a Police and Crime Commissioner and the local elections.

Here are the six candidates to become North East mayor:

Paul Donaghy - Reform Party

Jamie Driscoll - Independent

Andrew Gray - Green Party

Aidan King - Liberal Democrats

Kim McGuinness - Labour Party

Guy Renner-Thompson - Conservative Party

Here are the candidates to be Police and Crime Commissioner for the Northumbria Area:

John Appleby - Liberal Democrat

Susan Dungworth - Labour and Co-operative Party

Ros Munro - Conservative Party

Mustaque Rahman - Independent

Anyone who has not yet registered to vote in May is urged to do so immediately. The deadline to register is midnight (11.59pm) on Tuesday, April 16. It only takes a few minutes to register online at: Register to vote - GOV.UK (

Registered electors can also apply for a postal vote and the deadline to apply is 5pm on Wednesday 17 April. You can apply online at:

Voters going to a polling station are reminded that they will again need to show photo ID. If you do not have one of the accepted types of photo ID, such as a passport or driving licence, you can apply for a Voter Authority certificate at or by completing and submitting a paper form to the elections office.

The deadline to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate is 5pm Wednesday 24 April. Voters must be on the Electoral Register to apply for a certificate and need to provide a photo, full name, date of birth, the address at which they are registered to vote and their National Insurance number.

Patrick Melia, Returning Officer for the Combined Authority and Northumbria Police Area, said: "Elections are always important opportunities for people to give their views on what matters to them and the issues that directly affect day-to-day and public life.

"If you’re not on the electoral register then you are missing an opportunity to have your voice heard through the ballot box. Before the May elections, and also with a general election getting closer, it is important that people are registered so their voice is heard. Anyone who is not registered has until Tuesday, April 16."