A former Sunderland Labour Councillor and former secretary of the Sunderland Labour Party has sensationally pleaded guilty to a range of child sex offences at Newcastle Crown Court today.  Thomas Wright aged 66, pleaded guilty to indecent assault on a male under 16 and two charges of indecent assault against a female under 16.  Wright also pleaded guilty to three charges of committing a serious sex offence against a male under 16 and two of indecent assault against a male under 16. He will be sentenced at a later date and has been granted bail in the meantime.

Former Sunderland councillor Thomas Wright


Wright, who was first elected in 2002 for the Labour Party in St Anne’s Ward was the subject to an internal Standards Investigation by Sunderland Council according to a 20th of September 2005 edition of the Chronicle after a haul of pornography was found on his Council computer.  Full article: https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/porn-probe-councillor-1590277

This guilty plea follows another guilty plea for similar offences by Sunderland Labour Councillor Paul Middleton in January 2019.


A Sunderland For Transparency Spokeswoman stated “This is a terrible case of yet another former Sunderland Labour Councillor exposed as a child sex predator.  It is truly disgraceful to hear this man was once the Secretary of the Sunderland Labour Party too.  SFT believes it is time to improve the vetting procedure to keep these people out of public office”.