Alan Emerson (Labour) is the current councillor for the Ryhope Ward who will be standing down, should he not be re-elected this year. He has held the seat since being elected in May 2010. The other two seats are currently held by councillors Ellen Ball and Anthony Farr (both Labour).
The candidates standing for the Ryhope ward are:
Tim Brennan – Green Party – Ashbrooke
Alex Douglas – Conservative Party – Sunderland
Matthew Dowell – Liberal Democrats – Ryhope
Alan Emerson – Labour Party – Ryhope
Bryan George Foster – UKIP – Ryhope#####