CONSERVATIVE candidate Linda Arkley has won the North Tyneside mayoral election.
She secured victory with a majority of 4,449, polling 27,083 votes in total.
After her victory, Mrs Arkley said it was a historic day as the Conservatives took control of the council for the first time in its 35-year history.
"I was absolutely thrilled when David Cameron came to North Tyneside to launch the local government campaign," she said.
"I will work extremely hard for everybody in North Tyneside, regardless of how they voted."
Mrs Arkley said the public had spoken over the crisis in the political system - and politicians now had to listen.
"I have no doubt that the next thing we will be having will be a General Election," she added.
Defeated Mayor John Harrison said he was finished with politics and would be making no comebacks.
"My intention is that I am finished with politics and I will move on and do other things," he said.
Click below to read our live blog from the count, and see how the rest of the candidates fared.