In terms of seats won, Lib Dems strengthened their position as the 2nd party in the region. On the 23 authorities where elections were held, the seats won by each party are:
Labour - 562 (-48)
Lib Dem - 253 (+29)
Conservatives - 171 (+18)
Others - 161 (+11)
There is only one council without Lib Dem representation - Teesdale (run by the Independents). However, there are 7 Conservative free zones where Cameron's party has no seats at all: Newcastle, Gateshead, Wansbeck, Wear Valley, Durham City, Derwentside and Easington.
Some useful highlights from the region include:
Lib Dems become largest party on Berwick
Conservatives fail to make any gains on top target of North Tyneside
Yet again, Labour in Newcastle are in search of a new Leader after their current one lost his seat to the Lib Dems
The Conservative leader on Tynedale lost his seat to the Lib Dems
Constituencies where we topped the poll include Berwick, Newcastle North, Newcastle East, Blaydon and Durham City.