Independent Group 12, Durham Independent Group 7, Spennymoor Independents 4, North East Party 3, non-aligned 1. Unitary council covering most of the historic north-eastern county; formerly dominated by mining and still an important manufacturing centre.
There are byelections in Shildon and Dene Valley (held by Labour) and Spennymoor (held by an Independent) on 2 May. The Liberal Democrats held Esh and Witton Gilbert division on 21 March. Labour held Wingate on 14 March.
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