IT was a case of hello-goodbye on the political merry-go-round in South Tyneside’s local elections.
Labour stalwart Arthur Meeks lost his seat in Jarrow’s Bede ward to Independent Lee Hughes.
The newly-elected Coun Hughes polled 10,55 votes to Mr Meeks’ 818.
Meanwhile, Coun Geraldine Kilgour, for Labour, is a new addition to the Fellgate and Hedworth ward in Jarrow, after beating UKIP’s Steve Harrison.
Coun Kilgour triumphed with a majority of 1,163 votes, to Mr Harrison’s 981.