The Labour and Liberal Democrat parties in Gateshead have agreed to suspend all party political campaigning for the foreseeable future due to the coronavirus outbreak.
This will allow members to concentrate their efforts helping out in communities where it is safe for them to do so.
Leader of Gateshead Council, Councillor Martin Gannon, said: “The Leader of the Opposition, Cllr Jonathan Wallace, and myself have agreed that we will end campaigning for the foreseeable future to allow our members to focus on helping our residents during this worrying and unprecedented time for everyone.
“Despite ward surgeries being suspended to ensure we adhere to the Government’s advice on maintaining social distance to prevent the spread of the virus, councillors will continue to be available by phone and online to support residents.”
The two parties have also agreed to work together to fulfil their legal obligations as a Council, while maintaining social distance and self-isolation where necessary. This will mean that the smallest possible number of councillors and officers will attend meetings for the foreseeable future.”
Cllr Gannon added: “The most important thing we can do at the moment is to stay at home but that does not mean our councillors will be working any less for the people of Gateshead. We will continue to support our residents through this difficult time and I’m pleased that our two political parties are of one mind on this important issue.”