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Goodbye from Spennymoor Lesiure Centre, the venue of cheers and jeers. It's been an interesting afternoon but, despite the rather toasty temperature, tempers have remained cool. See you again in four years time!
Brian Avery (Ind) and Labour's Patrick McCourt and Pauline Crathorne win in Ferryhill.
David Farry loses his seat by 17 votes.
John Clare, Mike Dixon and Joan Gray net another three seats for Labour in the Aycliffe North and Middridge ward.
Labour has also won Trimdon and Thornley.
West Auckland stays with Labour. Rob Yorke retains his seat along with newcomer Christine Wilson. Councillor Yorke said his aim now is continue the regeneration of the area with a cinema being the next priority development.
Liberal Democrat leader Nigel Martin retains his seat in Neville's Cross along with fellow Lib Dem Grenville Holland.
Spennymoor proves a very close call but veteran Liberal Democrat Ben Ord loses his seat.
Labour's Ian Geldard and Pat Lawton take two seats behind Spennymoor Independent Kevin Thompson, who recorded a whopping 1,034 votes.
There were almost orgasmic cries from the Labour winners before they started leaping with clenched fists punching the air when the result was announced.
Coundon's new councillor Charlie Kay has vowed to knock on every door in his ward, which also covers Leeholme, Westerton and the other villages in the area at least once a year to find out the issues. He said: " I will take the council to them."
Liberal Democrats Amanda Hopgood, Mark Wilkes and Frances Simmons take Framwellgate and Newton Hall
Still waiting for Aycliffe North and Middridge, Bishop Middleham and Cornforth, Ferryhill, Framwellgate and Newton Hall, Neville's Cross, Spennymoor, Trimdon and West Auckland
Labour's Christine Potts retains Chilton with 646 votes.
Labour take Tudhoe, mass celebrations as cabinet member Neil Foster keeps his place along with Barbara Graham.
The Lib Dems have taken Durham South, David Stoker wins!
Charlie Kay, Labour, wins the battle of mayors and takes Coundon with 396 votes ahead of Lesley Zair's 217.
June Lee and John Lehtbridge, both Labour, retain Woodhouse Close.
Aycliffe East also goes Labour's way. Jed Hillary and Sarah Iveson take it with 732 and 885 votes respectively.
19-year-old Thomas Nearney has won Annfield Plain for Labour, making him the youngest county councillor in Durham's history.
Crook is in! Labour's Geoff Mowbray and Eddie Tomlinson are elected along with Eddie Murphy. It was a very close one though.
Another hat trick for Labour in Belmont with Patrick Conway, Katie Corrigan and William Moir elected, cueing much cheering and delighted cries of "I can't believe it".
Dennis Southwell (Lib Dem) loses his place on Durham County Council.
Just saw one candidate indulge in an enormous yawn at the Spennymoor count. Today marks the end of weeks of walking streets, knocking on doors and pushing leaflets through letter boxes (not to mention evading barking dogs, listening calmly to angry residents and pricking themselves with pin badges)
Alex Watson, former Labour leader of Derwentside District now standing as an Independent, has won a seat in Consett North alongside Lib Dem Owen Temple. Labour's Clive Robson, cabinet member for housing, comes a distant third and loses his seat.
The Conservatives keep Barnard Castle with local party leader Richard Bell and Barbara Harrison convincingly re-elected.
Close call in Willington and Hunwick but Labour's Joe Buckham and Olwyn Gunn are elected. Matthew Todd (WVInd) missed out finishing 149 votes behind Gunn, while the Conservatives finished considerable further behind.
It is starting to cool down now in Spennymoor Leisure Centre, new councillors and defeated candidates are dispersing to celebrate/commiserate. Sharon Spence has just called the Willington and Hunwick candidates into a neighbouring room, must be a close one.
Success continues for Labour with Paul Taylor and John Turnbull winning Brandon, each scoring more than three times as many votes as the third placed candidate.
Voter turn-out across County Durham was just 27.8%, down from 36.4% in 2008
Senior Labour figures say they are hoping for a majority of around 20 on Durham County Council once all the results are in.
Labour have Newton Aycliffe with Eddy Adam and Kate Hopper elected with 697 and 761 respectively.
Previous councillor Dorothy Bowman who stood as an independent got 274 votes while Conservative candidate Fane Murray has secured the lowest number of votes for any ward yet declared in Spennymoor with 94.
Labour take Deerness (cue loud cheers). Their three candidates David Bell, Anne Bonner and Jean Chaplow take all three seats in a resounding fashion, each scoring more than 1,400 votes. Lib Dem John Wilkinson finished fourth with 632.
Still awaiting results for 22 wards in Spennymoor, including Crook, Framwellgate and Coundon.
Loud cheers as Labour seize Sedgefield! John Robinson and Rachel Lumsdon are elected!
iPad is throwing a paddy at the moment in Spennymoor, apologies for any incomplete posts! A mixture of failing technology and sweaty fingers (it really is toasty in here)
Labour trio Brian Stephens, Patricia Pemberton and Henry Nicholson take Shildon and Dene Valley, ahead of Shildon mayor Gareth Howe.
Sam Zair (WVInd) gets 861 votes to win his seat representing Bishop Auckland Town. Labour's Joy Allen gets the second seat with 615.
Now, can Sam Zair's wife Lesley make it a double in Coundon? We will wait and see!
Labour romp home in Coxhoe! Cabinet member Maria Plews is re-elected along with party colleagues Janet Blakey and Abiodun Williams.
Each scored more than 1,500 votes, miles ahead of fourth placed Miranda Jupp and John Lightley.
Our photographer has just taken pictures of democracy at work (the count at Spennymoor). He summed it up as "people in suits watching other people looking at paper". It is a bit more exciting than that.
Have just seen Billy Neilson, an independent candidate for Woodhouse Close, he used to be the right hand man of Bishop Auckland MPs Derek (now Lord Foster) and Helen Goodman.
Independent group leaders John Shuttleworth and Watts Stelling re-elected in Weardale and Leadgate & Medomsley respectively
Bit of a lull in proceedings at Spennymoor now, a chance to loosen the tie as it's getting a bit warm
High profile Lib Dem councillor & 3-time Parliamentary candidate for Durham Carol Woods has lost her seat in Sherburn to Labour.
Labours Robert Crute and Lynn Pounder win Blackhalls
Barnard Castle East will be represented by Conservatives James Rowlandson and George Richardson.
George Richardson (Cons) and J
Crook counting table is particularly crowded with candidates, friends and partners awaiting the result for this hotly contested three-seat ward.
Current councillors Eddie Murphy (Ind), Eddie Tomlinson (Lab), John Bailey (WVInd) and Patricia Jopling (WVInd) all in the running, as are newcomers Aaron Cowen (WVInd) and Jo Yelland (Green), who used her 30th birthday to raise money for a community centre in the town.
Also here are Ian Hirst and John Winter, both independents who led Crook Community Partnership's bid for £500,000 to go towards a new leisure centre.
Results from North Yorkshire County Council elections now in: Conservative, 45 seats, (from 46 seats)
Liberal Democrat, 8 seats, (from 9)
Labour, 7 seats (from 1)
Independent, 8 seats (from 14)
Liberal 2 seats (from 2)
UKIP 2 seats (from 0)
Labour retain both seats in Delves Lane, including newly-elected Bob Glass, former police inspector and husband of NW Durham MP Pat Glass
Labour gain two seats in Peterlee West after the Lib Dems, who won both seats in 2008, did not put up candidates to defend the seats.
Labour leader Simon Henig: "We have made four gains so far. Its a very good start and we're expecting gains in double figures by the end".
New Evenwood councillor Andrew Turner has previously said he wants to carry on the good work he did as councillor for West Auckland if elected for his new ward.
UKIP's David Sinister has just won the party's second seat on North Yorkshire County Council. Labour now increased their number of seats to six, from one.
Lib Dems David Freeman and Richard Ormerod elected for Elvet and Gilesgate with 572 and 532 respectively.
Labour's Alan Hayton third in the two seat ward with 450.
Two wards returned in Spennymoor, just 29 to go. The Sherburn winners were a noisy bunch, plenty of cheering but understandable given a super convincing win.
Labour's deputy leader Alan Napier tops the poll as Labour hold two seats in Murton.
Labour leader Simon Henig and council chair Linda Marshall, who has had a torrid time of it in recent months surrounding her clothing allowance, comfortable winners in Chester-le-Street West Central.
Results being read at Spennymoor by Deputy Returning Officer Sharon Spence
Barnard Castle East next!
UKIP has one seat on North Yorks County Council, wrestled from Lib Dem leader. Labour has gone from 1 seat to five so far.
Labour also get Sherburn! Stephen Guy with 1,084 and David Hall 1,012
Labour gets the two seats for Evenwood, Pauline Charlton and Andrew Turner are elected!
Candidates for Evenwood have been called into a separate room, a formality apparently before the result is formally announced.
Evenwood is therefore likely to be the first count to be resulted.
Candidates for the two-seat ward are Graham Casey (UKIP), Pauline Charlton (Labour), Stephen Hugill (Conservative), Linda Raper (Conservative) and Andy Turner (Labour).
The battle of Bishop Auckland mayors is on in Coundon.
Former mayors Lesley Zair (Wear Valley Independent Group) and Charlie Kay (Labour) are vying with Michael Gossage (Conservative) for the single seat ward.
Both former members of the Chain-gang, as the collection of County Durham's mayors is affectionately known, are in Spennymoor Leisure Centre for the count.
Lesley Zair is accompanied by husband Sam, who is the incumbent councillor for Bishop Auckland Town and hopes to retain his place on Durham County Council.
First two results coming in next 10 mins from Stanley, including Labour leader Simon Henig and council chair Linda Marshall in Chester-le-Street West Central.
The state of play after 41 of North Yorkshire County Council's 72 seats declared: - Con 25; Ind 7; Lab 6; Lib Dem 2; UKIP 1
Anita Atkinson, independent candidate for Tow Law and archroyalist sporting her red, white and blue colours, reckons the Tow Law result will be one of the last to be declared.
North West Durham MP Pat Glass is at the Spennymoor count. Crook, one of the main towns in her constituency, is one of the most contested wards with 15 candidates battling for the three seats.
The other ward with 15 candidates, Framwellgate and Newton Hall, is also due to be announced at Spennymoor.
As well as the county council elections, a count is also due to take place for Spennymoor Town Council this afternoon. While the town and parish council count is due tomorrow, Spennymoor's has been moved forward a day as many of the candidates are planning to support the Moors in their FA Vase final in Wembley tomorrow afternoon. Exceptional circumstances.
Familiar faces and newbies mingling in the main hall in Spennymoor, all seems amicable.
Dozens of candidates milling around in Spennymoor sports hall most sporting colourful rosettes and standing eagerly near their respective counts. Most are probably just relieved to have found a space for their cars, parking is at a premium in Spennymoor today (not helped by six or so spaces in the leisure centre car park being closed due to essential works).
Fiirst results hoped for around 2pm.
Count underway at Stanley Louisa Centre. First results expected within the hour.
Stuart Parsons, a former Liberal Democrat councillor for North Yorkshire County Council, has been re-elected as an Independent councillor for Save the Friarage.
Best-selling author GP Taylor has failed in his bid to take a seat for UKIP on North Yorkshire County Council. He came second, with 468 votes, to Labour's Eric Broadbent in Scarborough's Northstead ward. Mr Broadbent took 519 votes.
After 21 seats of 72 in North Yorkshire declared so far: - Con 10; Ind 6; Lab 3; Lib Dem 1; UKIP 1
Elizabeth Shields, a former MP for the Ryedale area, has taken the Norton seat on North Yorkshire County Council - a Lib-Dem gain from the Tories.
UKIP have won their first-ever seat opn North Yorkshire County Council. after Samuel Cross took the Filey ward.
Labour has won the by-election in Houghton, the only seat up for grabs on Sunderland City Council
Labour has won the North Tyneside mayoral election from the Tories. Norma Redfearn took just over 55% of the vote, giving the North Shields councillor a 9,822 majority over Conservative Linda Arkley.
Many former members of previous councils, such as Wear Valley District Council, which merged into the unitary authority of Durham County Council are up for election.
Also plenty of newcomers in most wards, as well as a new seat all together in the hill-top town of Tow Law.
Big issue may well be how Ukip does - Nigel Farage’s party is fielding 49 candidates across North Yorkshire and 28 in County Durham.
Counting due to start in Durham County Council elections at 1pm. Labour defending a nine-seat majority on the authority, but picture is complicated by a major boundary review. Counts due to take place at Stanley and Spennymoor, with all 126 results expected to be in by around 6pm.
The Durham County Council count at Spennymoor Leisure Centre is due to start at 1pm with first results hoped for around 2pm.
Wards being counted at Spennymoor are:
Aycliffe East, Aycliffe North and Middridge, Aycliffe West, Barnard Castle East, Barnard Castle West, Belmont, Bishop Auckland Town, Bishop Middleham and Cornforth, Blackhalls, Brandon, Chilton, Coundon, Coxhoe, Crook, Deerness, Durham South, Elvet and Gilesgate, Evenwood, Ferryhill, Framwellgate and Newton Hall, Nevilles Cross, Sedgefield, Sherburn, Shildon and Dene Valley, Spennymoor, Trimdon and Thornley, Tudhoe, West Auckland, Willington and Hunwick, Wingate and Woodhouse Close.