Polling stations have opened in parts of our region.
David Miliband's resignation in March triggered a by-election for a new MP in South Shields.
And there are council elections in Northumberland, County Durham and North Yorkshire, and a mayoral election on North Tyneside.
It was a good day for Labour in Newcastle. The party picked up six seats from their Lib Dem rivals to consolidate control of the civic centre. The council break down is now Labour: 51, Lib Dem: 26 and Independent: 1.
The leader of the council will continue to be Labour's Nick Forbes who took an impressive 81 per cent of the vote in his Westgate ward.
Cllr David Faulkner, Liberal Democrats and Cllr Joyce MCCartey, Labour give their reaction to the Newcastle City Council election results.
Hear reaction from both sides after Newcastle's voters reject proposals for a directly elected mayor. Helen Ford reports.
Labour has gained five seats to hold a majority of 18 seats in Gateshead.
68% of voters in Newcastle said no to a directly elected mayor.
Newcastle's decision follows no votes in several other cities across the country including Manchester, Coventry and Nottingham.
Britsol, though, bucked the trend an voted for an elected mayor - but on a turn out of just 24%
Labour have picked up six seats from the Lib Dems to consolidate their
control of the civic centre in Newcastle. The leader of the council will continueto be Labour's Nick Forbes who took an impressive 81 per cent of thevote in his Westgate ward.
- Labour: 51 seats (+6)
- Lib Dem: 26 seats (-6)
- Independent: 1 (no change)
Newcastle has voted against a directly elected mayor.
More to follow...
The result of the referendum on an elected mayor for Newcastle is expected at 1530