Labour has taken a bruising at the polls after losing five seats on South Tyneside Council.
Independents were the main beneficiaries, and the Green Party won its first ever seat.
Council leader Iain Malcolm said: “I’m very disappointed that the Labour party has lost a number of seats on South Tyneside, but this seems to be mirrored across the region and country.
“I think it’s because residents are becoming extremely frustrated at the national parties' ability to deliver what they see is Brexit and the referendum result three years ago.
“Decent hard-working councillors of all political persuasions across the country have lost their seats not because they were bad councillors, but because the voters have vented their frustrations on the national parties and their inability to deliver and get some sort of Brexit deal through the House of Commons."