Parties stand firm in North East and Cumbria council elections

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Controlling parties largely stood firm in council elections across the North East and Cumbria.

Labour retained majorities in Newcastle, Sunderland, Gateshead and North and South Tyneside.

In Cumbria, the Liberal Democrats came out on top in South Lakeland again while the Conservatives took control of Eden Valley for the first time.

On Teesside, control of Redcar and Cleveland Council will be decided by a recount on Monday.

Thirty seats are needed for a majority with Labour currently holding 27 and opposition parties a combined 29.

A recount will be held for the Skelton ward, which has three seats.

Elsewhere on Teesside, Labour held Darlington and Hartlepool, and became the biggest party in Stockton where there was previously no party in overall control.

Following a drawn-out count for the post of Middlesbrough's elected mayor, the council had still to declare the results of some wards at 21:45 BST.

It was due to announce the results on its website.

In Cumbria, Labour retained its position as the largest party in Copeland and also held Barrow and Carlisle.

There was no change in Allerdale where no party is in overall control. Labour has 28 of the 56 seats.

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