The North East Party has elected a new chairman following Hilton Dawsons decision to step down.
John Tait ,the North East Party Parliamentary candidate for Stockton North, was elected at the North East Party AGM on Friday evening by members.
John will now lead the party as it prepares for another round of local elections next year, as well as attempting to grow the party membership.
Former Labour MP Hilton Dawson will continue to serve in the role of Secretary and Nominating Officer for the party.
The North East Party has 10 councillors on Peterlee Town Council, and two on other local councils in the region.