On May 6 the country once again went to the polls.

Across the North East elections took place for councils at city and county, town and parish level.

Along with elections for the North Tyneside mayor, Durham Police and Crime Commissioner and Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner.

Across the region there are more than 200 seats set to be decided.

Newcastle City Council has 28 seats up for grabs, at Gateshead Council there are 24 seats up for election, North Tyneside Council has 23 seats up for election.

South Tyneside Council has candidates elected in all of its 18 wards, in Northumberland County Council there are 67 seats up for grabs, in Sunderland there are 28 seats and in Durham County Council 126 councillors will be elected.

We have a full explanation of the format of this year's 2021 local elections here, with our live coverage of the local election results from reporters stationed at counts across the region here.

Candidates and local elections results by council

As results come in we will update results pages at the links below for all seven North East councils:

You can also see standing candidates update as results are declared in the widget below which will update throughout election night and Friday (as well as following live updates from the counts in our blog):

Where to vote - and when will results be declared

Voters will cast their ballot in community centres, church halls, schools, pubs and even - in Darlington - a castle.

Counts will take place overnight at Gateshead, Newcastle, Sunderland, Northumberland and South Tyneside.

The Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner election will see five candidates fight for the job, with the results being declared on May 7 in Sunderland.

We'll be bringing you the results from across the region as they happen with reporters at each count.