The UK Independence Party says its popularity is growing in the North East after unveiling three new council members in South Shields.
The former independent councillors were welcomed by the deputy leader of UKIP, Paul Nuttall.
It comes after the party finished second, after Labour, in the town's by-election last month.
Three former Independent councillors on South Tyneside Council have joined UKIP.
The party's deputy leader Paul Nutall welcomed the new members with a speech on the steps of South Shields Town Hall.
UKIP now becomes the official opposition to Labour on the council following a recent by-election where it came second overall with almost 25% of the vote.