Have you ever been to an election count? It’s an exciting place to be.
I was at the count in South Shields for BBC Newcastle as it all started:
South Tyneside Council became even more of a Labour stronghold.
This is how it looked as the results came flooding in:
In Thursday’s elections Labour held 9 seats and swung another 9 off independent candidates and the South Tyneside Progressives to bring them up to controlling 92% of the council.
It was a bad night for the Independent Alliance but the Conservatives managed to hold on to the one seat they have on the council: Jeff Milburn’s.
He wasn’t there to hear the news as he was in hospital – but his wife was: