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Labour has regained overall control of Stockton Borough Council.
The Conservatives have gained Richmondshire District Council in North Yorkshire. The authority had previously been under independent control.
Conservatives now hold 21 of the 34 seats on the council.
Labour has gained an extra three seats on Hartlepool Borough Council, strengthening its hold on the authority. Labour now has 22 of the 33 council seats.
Darlington Borough Council also stays in Labour hands.
Guy Opperman has been re-elected as the Conservative MP for Hexham.
There's been little change in the make-up of the five Tyne and Wear local councils. Labour has retained control of Sunderland, Newcastle, Gateshead, as well as North and SouthTyneside.
UKIP lost its two seats on South Tyneside Council to Labour.
Ronnie Campbell has been re-elected as the Labour MP for Blyth Valley.