Independent Group 20, Derwentside Independents 7, North East Party 3, non-aligned 2. Unitary council covering most of the historic north-eastern county; formerly dominated by mining and still an important manufacturing centre.
Tanya Tucker (Woodhouse Close) moved from Labour to Independent in February 2021. Geraldine Bleasdale (Seaham) moved from Labour to Independent in November 2020.
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