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Polling station open in the North East Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

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.

Newcastle election reaction

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.

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