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ELECTION RESULTS: The remaining results came in over the weekend and it wasn’t great for Labour


Local election results North East - The remaining results came in over the weekend and it wasn’t great for Labour.

The rest of the election results came in over the weekend and it was more success for the Conservatives in Hartlepool, winning all 13 seats they stood candidates in but no party came away with the 19 seats needed for a majority. Labour now hold 11 seats in Hartlepool, up from 6.

Labour have lost control of Durham for the first time in around a 100 years. They went into the election holding 69 of seats but came away with 53, losing their majority. The conservatives more than doubled their representation, increasing from 10 to 24.

And since the election results came through, Durham's Labour group leader Simon Henig has announced that he is stepping down from his position following the results, saying that upon reflection he has decided that it's time for someone else to lead the group.

But it's not all bad news for Labour, as Joy Allen was elected as Police and Crime Commissioner for Durham. A former county councillor for Bishop Auckland, Joy said she wants to focus on tackling anti social behaviour and problem gambling, whilst also addressing the long wait times for non emergency police calls.

And for Northumbria Police, Labour's Kim McGuinness was re-elected as commissioner. Speaking after the result was declared at the Silksworth sports centre in Sunderland, Ms McGuinness said she was “really proud” of her record as PCC and vowed to work to prevent a potential rise in crime linked to the unemployment and deprivation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. She also expressed her disappointment at the significant labour losses across the North East, saying “There is a lot of work to do. It is not a molehill, it’s a mountain we have to climb and I think we need to get onto it straight away.”

The Northumbria Police & Crime Commissioner role covers Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Northumberland, South Tyneside and Sunderland.The purpose of the role is to hold police forces to account and ensure they are running effectively, with direct responsibility for running the force remaining with the chief constable.

Conservative Ben Houchen was re-elected as Tees Valley Mayor, claiming almost three quarters of the vote. And he didn't waste any time, getting straight back to work to build on his promises of generating jobs for local people, with a visit to the site of the future GE Factory.

In North Tyneside, Labour's Norma Redfearn was re-elected. She said that in her next term she will be working on creating environmentally friendly jobs in a bid to restore the Tyne to its former glory. She also wants to tackle the increasing gulf between rich and poor as well as help youngsters who missed out on their education due to the pandemic.

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