Labour are just two seats short of achieving overall control in the council elections in Northumberland.
The local party leader Grant Davey said he would be talking to other parties about creating a working majority.
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Cladding from high-rise flats in 25 local authority areas has now proved to be potentially flammable in the urgent safety review.
Police have shed further light on the crash, which took place in Newcastle while people were celebrating Eid.