Jonathan Arnott - the UKIP MEP for the North East has received his first endorsement in his bid to be leader of the party.
UKIP member Phillip Broughton has said he is considering running for leadership of the party after Nigel Farage stepped down earlier this week.
Broughton, a former professional wrestler, stood as UKIP's Hartlepool candidate in the 2015 General Election.
Broughton says there's an obvious vacancy as the party's only MP Douglas Carswell has already said he doesn't want the job.
UKIP won three more seats on Hartlepool Council in Thursday's election taking their total to five.
Party leader Nigel Farage says what has happened there could happen across the North East.
UKIP gain two seats from Labour in Hartlepool - more results from Hartlepool as we get them.
UKIP have launched their North East campaign today (Thursday) in Newcastle.
It is the first time the party will challenge in every constituency in the area.
UKIP say their business friendly policies would make a big difference to an area with the highest unemployment rate in the country, but admit that they have a tough fight in the North East.
Jonathan Arnott MEP, UKP
Stewart Hay, Conservative, Roberta Blackman-Woods, Labour, and Frank Hindle, Liberal Democrats, respond to the UKIP campaign, which was launched in Newcastle today (Thursday).
UK Independence Party Leader Nigel Farage has set his sights on Hartlepool for a North East breakthrough.
The party leader is in the region this weekend, commencing February 7th for his party’s North East conference.
The party has had some success in the region in 2013 when they came second in a by-election in South Shields.
Mr Farage has previously told the Hartlepool Mail that, the town is “the best place” to gain a regional breakthrough and that “Hartlepool is very, very interesting. Watch Hartlepool. It is an interesting seat for us in 2015.”
The Labour Party has responded to the Mayor of Bishop Auckland's decision to defected to the UK Independence Party.
They have said the people from the County Durham town will "rightly be questioning the decision" of Councillor Race:
The secretary of the Redcar UKIP branch faces being expelled from the party after she posted derogatory remarks about the media coverage of the racist murder of teenager Stephen Lawrence.
Pamela Preedy wrote in a UKIP online forum last year that the image of the murdered teenager has been "promoted to sainthood".
The party's North East chairman has launched a full investigation into the comments which he says entirely contradict UKIP's policies.
Rachel Bullock reports.