Voting is now underway in theWhickham South and Sunniside by-election caused by the death of Councillor Alan Ord.
Polling stations are open from 7am until 10pm. A result is expected before midnight.
The Liberal Democrats are defending the ward which had a majority for them of 1459 (49.7%) in May. Their candidate is John McClurey.
No upsets are expected though there may be some interest in whether or not there will be a recovery in the Conservative vote.