Labour holds the North East in the local council elections 2016 - so far...

It was business as usual for the local councils in the North East - at least for those counting overnight.

Newcastle, South Tyneside, Sunderland and Hartlepool all remained Labour strongholds.

There were some gains behind the main headlines though.

In Hartlepool UKIP gained three seats - two of those over Labour and one over The Putting Hartlepool First party.

The council leader Christopher Akers-Belcher held onto his seat - but only by 80 votes. UKIP came second in his Foggy Furze ward.

In Newcastle the council's leader Nick Forbes retained his Labour seat -overall the party gained two more seats from the Lib Dems.

The council has been under Labour control since 2011.

South Tyneside's Conservatives lost their only seat on the council - Labour's David Townsley took the Cleadon and East Boldon seat by just 35 votes.

Sunderland were the first council in the country to declare with their super-fast counting.

The council remained in overall Labour control - although the Lib Dems secured their first councillor since 2012 with Niall Hodson taking the Millfield ward for the party.

What about turnout?

All of the North East councils overnight (THUR 5th into FRI 6th) had a turnout of less than 50%.

  • 33.8% South Tyneside

  • 32.5% Sunderland

  • 40% Newcastle

  • 27.4% (figure quoted for PCC poll)

Credit: North News

Gateshead, North Tyneside, Craven and Harrogate are due to announce their results later today (FRI 6th MAY).

You can get all the results on our website.