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Councillor James Blackburn

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Councillor James Blackburn
02 May 2024
First Elected
10 June 2004
Labour and Co-operative
8 Hartside Gardens,
Easington Lane,
Telephone No:
0191 5171480
Mobile Telephone No:
07990 801 569

I was born and have lived most of my life at Easington Lane, Hetton-le-Hole.  I represent Easington Lane as a Councillor on Hetton Town Council and the larger Hetton Ward area since 2004 as a Sunderland City Councillor.  I am married to Jennie and we have two children, two grandchildren and three great grand children.  I worked for over thirty years within the clothing and footwear, retail and manufacturing sector.  My interests include computing, reading and travelling.  (We've been to Hell and back) located on Grand Cayman.  My wife and I both enjoy a bit of DIY, me doing the work and Jennie supervising (watching).

Hetton Ward Councillors hold the following ward surgeries:-

The below ward surgeries will be held 9.00am - 10.00am at Moorsley Residents Association, The Hut, Moorsley Road, Hetton le Hole, DH5 0RJ.

4th October 2019

7th February 2020

1st May 2020

The below ward surgeries will be held 9.00am - 10.00am at St Cuthberts Church Hall, North Street, East Rainton, DH5 9QF.

6th September 2019

6th December 2019

3rd April 2020

The below ward surgeries will be held 9.00am - 10.00am at ELCAP, The Brickgarth, Easington Lane, DH5 0LE. 

1st November 2019

6th March 2020

5th June 2020 


The first Friday of every month September 2019 - June 2020 (excluding January 2020)  ward surgeries will be held at 10.15am - 11.15am at The Hetton Centre, Welfare Road, Hetton le Hole.

As your City Councillor, the council’s data protection policy applies when I am carrying out council business. This explains your data protection rights and who to contact if you have a query about use of your data;


When working for you  as your Ward Councillor, I respect your data protection rights and only use the personal data you provide as needed to respond to your enquiries. This can include sharing the information you provide with council officers and other services and organisations so I can get information to reply to you, which might include information about you and your circumstances. I also share information with other Councillors who may be able to help. If you would prefer me not to share your information with a particular person, or organisation please let me know when you contact me.

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Election History

Thu 10 Jun 2004 Wed 30 Apr 2008  
Thu 1 May 2008 Wed 2 May 2012  
Thu 3 May 2012 Wed 4 May 2016  
Thu 5 May 2016 Wed 5 May 2021  
Thu 6 May 2021 Wed 1 May 2024 re-elected
Thu 2 May 2024  

Party Representation History

LabourThu 10 Jun 2004 Wed 30 Apr 2008
LabourThu 1 May 2008 Wed 2 May 2012
LabourThu 3 May 2012 Wed 5 May 2021
Labour and Co-operativeThu 6 May 2021 Wed 1 May 2024
Labour and Co-operativeThu 2 May 2024

Ward Representation History

HettonThu 10 Jun 2004 Wed 30 Apr 2008
HettonThu 1 May 2008 Wed 2 May 2012
HettonThu 3 May 2012 Wed 4 May 2016
HettonThu 5 May 2016 Wed 1 May 2024
HettonThu 2 May 2024

Personal Register of Interests

Date of NoticeReceipt by Monitoring OfficerView
 Page 2 of 2, items 13 to 18 of 18.
09 May 201310 May 2013
01 July 201402 July 2014
09 July 201523 July 2015
23 May 201601 June 2016
07 May 202124 May 2021
13 February 202316 February 2023

Meeting Declarations

Committee NameMeeting DateNatureView
 Page 10 of 12, items 109 to 120 of 139.
Cabinet24 June 2010Personal Interest
Cabinet24 June 2010Personal Interest
Cabinet21 July 2010Personal Interest
Cabinet08 September 2010Personal Interest
Cabinet15 September 2010Personal Interest
Cabinet06 October 2010Personal Interest
Cabinet03 November 2010Personal Interest
Cabinet01 December 2010Personal Interest
Cabinet17 January 2011Personal Interest
Cabinet17 January 2011Personal Interest
Cabinet17 January 2011Personal Interest
Cabinet17 January 2011Personal Interest
There are no training records for this member.
There are no hospitality and gift records for this member.
I hold my Ward Surgery every first Tuesday of the month (except August) between 10.30am and 11.30am at The Hetton Centre. Also I will be holding an additional Ward Surgery on Tuesday 5th April 2011 between 9.30am and 10.20am at Easington Lane Library, High Street, Easington Lane and at 11.45am at St. Cuthbert's Church Hall, North Street, East Rainton.

Member Attendance

Attendance Summary

Expected attendances9 
Present as expected9100%
Apologies received00% of absences
In attendance (as a visitor)0 

Attendance Details