Independent Group 12, Durham Independent Group 7, Spennymoor Independents 4, 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.
At byelections on 2 May, the Liberal Democrats gained Shildon and Dene Valley from Labour, and an Independent held Spennymoor. The Liberal Democrats held Esh and Witton Gilbert division on 21 March.
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