The Liberal Democrats went down to a landslide defeat in County Durham in the latest council by-elections.
Labour's Jimmy Alvey gained a seat at Peterlee West on a shift of more than 36%, while overall the Lib Dems slumped from first place in the 2008 main polls to a poor third, in one of biggest swings since they formed the coalition Government with the Conservatives.
The poll results for Peterlee West:
- Labour 767
- Independent 181
- Liberal Democrats 99
- Conservative 47