For 30 years Frank Hindle has been a passionate campaigner for this area, successfully campaigning on issues from traffic and the state of local parks, to making sure that the NHS retains inpatient beds on Tyneside for people with severe mental illness.
Frank says “Labour have treated Gateshead as their fiefdom for far too long, and this election is an opportunity to change this. They have singularly failed to provide opposition to this government and failed to back vital safeguards and protections for both EU citizens and British people when they approved Article 50.”
Born in Newcastle but moving to Gateshead when he was 10, Frank has lived in the town for most of his life. He was a local Councillor for 25 years and was leader of the opposition there from 2011 to 2015 before retiring from the Council last year. He is a former teacher and lecturer, becoming head of computing at Northumbria University in 2001. He left the University in 2010 to concentrate on his role as a councillor.
Frank believes that key issues in this election are opposing a damaging hard Brexit, the consequences of which will hurt many people in Gateshead, together with ensuring that vital services such as the NHS, care services and education are properly resourced, that job and housing prospects in Gateshead are improved and that local residents have a member of parliament who they know they can contact and hear from, and who will speak up for them.
Frank’s experience as a governor and chair of governors at local schools that went from satisfactory to outstanding, his work with local community charities, his professional career, including as a staff governor at Northumbria University and his time on Gateshead Council where he met and dealt with leaders from a range of agencies such as NHS bodies, as well as Council departments, mean he is experienced at representing people, at dealing with complex issues and finding solutions to problems, and that he is well placed to take on the role of a member of parliament.
Frank has also written several occasional columns for The Journal and in his spare time enjoys fell walking and listening to jazz.