Middlesbrough has a newly elected independent mayor.
Andy Preston won the vote by 58% beating former Labour mayor Mick Thompson with a majority of 10,725. Turnout was 31.71%.
Results of the local council elections are set to be announced throughout the day.
Voters headed to the polls as council elections took place in part of the region.
All of Newcastle City Council was up for re-election after ward boundary changes.
Results from the count overnight found;
- Labour held with 56 seats
- Liberal Democrats claimed 19 seats
- Independents won 3 seats
- Conservatives continued their long running streak of not holding a single seat.
Elsewhere, Labour held control over South Tyneside, Sunderland and Hartlepool councils where a third of seats were contested.
Counting in four other council areas, Gateshead, North Tyneside, Harrogate and Craven District is set to take place on Friday morning.
The Labour Party remains in control of Gateshead Council following this year's local elections.
The Labour Party remains in control of North Tyneside following this year's local elections.
The turnout for the local elections was 56,736 (36.7%).
Labour held all seats as well as gaining two from the Conservatives.
The new make up of the council - 51 Labour, 7 Conservatives, and 2 Liberal Democrats.
The Conservative Party remains in control of Craven District Council following this year's local elections.
Thirty seats were contested with average turnout at 41%.
The Conservative Party has increased its majority control of Harrogate Council by two seats following yesterday's local elections.
Following the elections, the breakdown of Harrogate Borough Council is now:
- 37 Conservative (+2)
- 15 Lib Dem
- 2 Independent
- 0 United Alliance (-2)
The results from the Hartlepool Council elections:
Putting Hartlepool First: 1
See more details on the full results here
The three UKIP gains are below:
Hartlepool Labour HOLD - with UKIP gaining three seats.
More to follow.