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PremierLeague-News.Com - Jill Mortimer from Thirsk and former Colne Valley MP Thelma Walker will go head-to-head in the Hartlepool by election
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! When voters go to the polls this week in the biggest set of local elections since 1973, all eyes will be on one place in particular: Hartlepool. A stalwart seat for the Labour party since it was created in 1974, it is now seen as another brick that could be added to the Tories' blue wall in the Labour party's former heartlands in the north. Spearheading the electoral mission that has defined Boris Johnson's Conservatives is Jill Mortimer, a farmer from Thirsk in North Yorkshire and district councillor in Hambleton. Coming up against her is a fellow Yorkshire woman who could not be more different - ex Labour MP Thelma Walker, who lost her Colne Valley seat to Jason McCartney in the December 2019 general election and has since left the party in protest at Sir Keir Starmer's leadership. Who is Jill Mortimer and could she be the next Hartlepool MP? Ms Mortimer is a farmer from Thirsk, North Yorkshire, who serves as a district councillor for the Raskelf and White Horse Ward in Hambleton. Her pitch to voters is that Hartlepool has had a Labour MP for 57 years and that the town has been "taken for granted" and has "struggled". "Opportunities for progress have been missed and the town has fallen behind," she told TeesideLive. However, Ms Mortimer has previously admitted that she had not "spent a lot of time" in Hartlepool - including a decade away in the Cayman Islands that the Labour party played up as proof Ms Mortimer had "more connection with tax havens than Hartlepool town centre". However, the political dig backfired after it it later transpired that Ms Mortimer's husband was a regulator working on a counter-fraud, anti-corruption, and anti-terrorist financing. To get the latest email updates from Yorkshire Live, click here . Read More Related Articles 'We could have Mexit' - the hyper-local parties fighting for your vote in the local elections Read More Related Articles Councillors' fears over Kirklees postal voting as election draws nigh And now a Survation poll for ITV's Good Morning Britain has put the Tories 17 points ahead over Labour candidate Dr Paul Williams - 50 per cent to 33 per cent - meaning Ms Mortimer could be the next Hartlepool MP. If the poll - which used a sample size of just 301 people - proves correct, Ms Mortimer will certainly have her work cut out. Hartlepool is home to hundreds of steel jobs that are now on the line owing to the financial difficulties at Liberty Steel after its main lender, Greensill capital, collapsed in March. Asked whether she would support nationalising Liberty Steel if it meant allowing workers to hold on to their jobs, Ms Mortimer responded: "I don't know if that's the right way to go.
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." Labour's shadow health secretary Jon Ashworth branded Ms Mortimer a "wannabe MP" who "didn't know what the position of the Conservative party was". Who is Thelma Walker?
Former Colne Valley MP Thelma Walker.
Ms Walker, a leftwing candidate who walked away from the Labour party in protest at the new leadership, is also standing in the Hartlepool byelection. She has been endorsed by the Northern Independence Party after it failed to register with the Electoral Commission on time - meaning she is standing as an independent. The party advocates an independence referendum for the north and Ms Walker believes democracy has been "undermined" by both the Tories and Labour. The Survation poll put her on six per cent of the vote. Her pitch in Teeside Live read : "Having experienced how Westminster works, and how democracy is being undermined in both the Government and the Labour party - I am perfectly placed to stand up for Hartlepool, and the north, in Westminster - to fight for policies that will end the North/South divide that has led to our regions, and in particular towns like Hartlepool, being left behind.
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"I will fight to end centralised Westminster control, and for ownership of our own economies - bringing power back to the north, and keeping our wealth from being funnelled down to Westminster. I will fight to end food banks and child poverty. "I was headteacher of a school with a SureStart centre in Dewsbury and saw first hand the impact of poverty on children and their families. "A desire to end child poverty is a priority for me. I believe that our country - the north - can be so much better than what we have now, and that the grit, humour and determination of northerners can begin the regeneration of our communities and deliver a fairer society - starting with Hartlepool." Also standing in the Hartlepool by election are: David Bettney, Social Democratic Party Hilton Dawson, The North East Party Rachel Featherstone, Green Party Andy Hagon, Lib Dems Chris Killick, Independent John Prescott, Reform UK W Ralph Ward-Jackson, Independent The Incredible Flying Brick, Official Monster Raving Loony Party Gemma Evans, Women's Equality Party Adam Gaines, Independent Claire Martin, Heritage Party Steve Jack, Freedom Alliance Sam Lee, Independent Paul Williams, Labour
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