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.