Labour have strengthened their position on North Tyneside Council.
Despite the party suffering nationally, the group won two seats from the Conservative party in the local elections when the results were announced today (Friday).
One seat from each ward was up, with the Labour group winning seats for Cullercoats and Tynemouth from the Conservatives.
The results now mean that Labour hold 51 of the 60 seats on the council, with the Conservatives having seven and LibDems two.
Turnout in the elections was 56,736 – 36.7 per cent of the electorate.
Longbenton ward had the biggest single turnout with 80.9 per cent.
There were no other shocks in the results, with Conservative group leader Judith Wallace holding her St Mary’s seat.
After the results, Labour Mayor Norma Redfearn praised the work of the Labour candidates and said the results reflected the good work of the council..
She said: “I’m delighted with the results.
“We’ve worked very, very hard and this is a reflection on the fact residents are happy with what we are doing.
“Gaining two seats at a particularly difficult time is very rewarding for us.
“We feel as though we are on the right track.
“People have been complaining about the state of Whitley Bay and not having a supermarket in Wallsend but all those things are now on track.
“We’ve started to build council housing and in Cobalt we have the biggest business park in the country.”
Mrs Redfearn added: “The candidates have worked very hard in their wards. There is a feeling about North Tyneside that the council is moving forward and addressing their concerns.”
Full results (* is elected councillor):-
Jessica Erren Jaye Bushbye - Conservative - 507
John David Hoare - Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition - 169
* Carl John Johnson - Labour - 1,914
David Michael Arthur - Independent - 380
George Mann Partis - Conservative - 530
Maureen Gallon - UK Independence Party (UKIP) - 304
* Pat Oliver - Labour Party - 1,849
David Alan Sarin - Conservative - 240
Paul Bunyan - Independent - 790
* Jim Allan - Labour - 1,457
Yasmin Catherine Lisa West - Conservative - 213
Norman John Morse - UK Independence Party (UKIP) - 581
* John James Stirling - Labour Party - 1,270
David Andrew Taws - Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition - 49
Lewis James Austin - Conservative - 779
Sylvia Marie Simpson - UK Independence Party (UKIP) - 546
* Debbie Cox - Labour - 1,463
George Crighton Westwater - Conservative - 1,526
Phyl Masters - UK Independence Party (UKIP) - 375
* Karen Veronica Lee-Duffy - Labour - 1,897
Timothy Peter Wall - Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition - 69
David Jonathan Griffith-Owen - Conservative - 155
Robert Dixon Mather - UK Independence Party (UKIP) - 446
* John Hunter - Labour - 1,562
Karen Jane Gabrielle Johnston - Conservative - 441
Brian Needham - UK Independence Party (UKIP) - 459
* Gary Bell - Labour - 1,791
Robin Arthur Underwood - Conservative - 468
* Eddie Darke - Labour - 2,087
* Alison Austin - Conservative - 1,507
David Nisbet - Liberal Democrat - 205
Stephen Borlos - UK Independence Party (UKIP) - 245
Willie Samuel - Labour - 1,313
Sean Michael Brockbank - Conservative - 1,317
Julia Anne Erskine - Green - 268
Gary Matthew Legg - UK Independence Party (UKIP) - 444
* Naomi Louise Craven - Labour - 1,351
Miriam Mary Smith - Conservative - 137
* Nigel John Huscroft - Liberal Democrat (Focus Team) - 1,217
Joe Kirwin - Labour - 988
Glynis Barrie - Conservative - 1,085
Sheena Mary Patterson - UK Independence Party (UKIP) - 347
* Catherine Davis - Labour - 1,402
Maureen Jeffrey - Conservative - 240
Neil Mather - UK Independence Party (UKIP) - 470
* Frank Lott - Labour - 1,411
* Judith Anne Wallace - Conservative - 2,383
Hugh Jackson - UK Independence Party (UKIP) - 339
Theresa Maltman - Labour - 904
David Wallace Lilly - Conservative - 1,401
Henry Marshall - UK Independence Party (UKIP) - 301
Jean Frances McLaughlin - Independent - 570
* Frances Helena Weetman - Labour - 1,563
Joseph Alan Furness - Conservative - 376
Elizabeth Mary Borlos - UK Independence Party (UKIP) - 476
* Tommy Mulvenna - Labour - 1,501
Claire Julia Griffith-Owen - Conservative - 101
Margaret Anne Finlay - Liberal Democrat - 950
Jane McEachan - UK Independence Party (UKIP) - 275
* Gary Anthony Madden - Labour - 1,144
Andrew Charles Elliott - Conservative - 731
Irene Winifred Davidson - UK Independence Party (UKIP) - 608
* Anthony William McMullen - Labour - 1,577
Frank Stephen Austin - Conservative - 822
David Cory - UK Independence Party (UKIP) - 242
Colin Finlay - Liberal Democrat - 140
* Sandra Maria Graham - Labour Party - 1,792