Labour have taken St Chads ward in Sunderland from the Tories, Labour said.
Difficulty for UKIP in NE locals is they really DO need to take Lab votes - there ain't many Tory votes to nick! So far Lab resilient (ish)
UKIP's successes in the local elections have raised the possibility of them winning a Westminster seat at the general election.
A year ahead of the general election, Ed Miliband's party is seeing only patchy support in areas it should expect to gain ground.
UKIP are likely to make Rotherham a key target for 2015 after a storming result in the local elections.