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PremierLeague-News.Com - The election will be the biggest test of Sir Keir Starmer's leadership to date, with Hartlepool sat within the Labour's former industrial heartlands
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Campaigning for the Hartlepool by-election is fully underway, with a very close race expected between Labour and the Conservatives.The by-election was triggered on 16 March, when Labour MP Mike Hill announced his resignation.It will be the biggest test of Sir Keir Starmer’s Labour leadership to date, with Hartlepool sat within the party’s former industrial heartlands known as the “red wall”.The i politics newsletter cut through the noiseEmail address is invalidThank you for subscribing!Sorry, there was a problem with your subscription.Large swathes of this area turned blue at the 2019 general election, while Labour’s majority in Hartlepool was cut from 7,650 in 2017 to just under 3,600.When is the Hartlepool by-election?The by-election will take place on Thursday 6 May.Nominations for candidates must be submitted by 4pm on Thursday 8 April, while registrations to vote must be completed by midnight on Monday 19 April.Applications, amendments or cancellations of postal votes must be received by 5pm on Tuesday 20 April, and applications to vote by proxy must be received by 5pm on Tuesday 27 April.Why did Mike Hill resign?Mr Hill has not spoken publicly about his resignation, but it came while a parliamentary investigation was being made into his conduct, in response to an allegation of sexual harassment.Mike Hill resigned from the position on 16 March (Photo: Richard Townshend Photography) He was suspended from the Labour Party during an investigation in 2019, but the whip was reinstated a month later.The tribunal hearing over the allegation is set to take place in May.Who are the candidates?Labour – Dr Paul WilliamsLabour has named its candidate as former MP and GP Paul Williams.Dr Williams was MP for the nearby constituency of Stockton South from 2017, until he lost it to Conservative candidate Matt Vickers in 2019.He had been due to stand for the position of Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner in the local elections before he was named as the party’s preferred candidate in the Hartlepool contest.Labour is keen to emphasise Dr Williams’ contribution to the NHS – particularly in the local area where, prior to his political career, he was a GP partner and ran the local Health GP Federation.However, Dr Williams’ pro-EU Brexit stance could be an issue, given the constituency had an almost 70 per cent Leave vote in the 2016 referendum, the 13th highest proportion in the country.Conservatives – Jill MortimerThe Conservatives’ newly-unveiled candidate is farmer and North Yorkshire councillor Jill Mortimer.Ms Mortimer, district councillor for Hambleton, is gearing up for what she described as a “very tough fight” to become the first Tory MP since the seat was formed in 1974. Great to meet our fantastic candidate for Hartlepool, Jill Mortimer, today Jill’s campaign will show how Hartlepool has been let down by the Labour Party for decades and only a Conservative MP can serve the best interests of the town as it builds back better from the pandemic pic.
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She was previously the Conservative candidate in Leeds East at the 2019 election, when she lost out to Labour former shadow minister Richard Burgon, who held the seat with a reduced majority of just over 5,500.Her campaign will focus on “delivering on the people’s priorities for the town”. Conservative Party co-chair Amanda Milling said Ms Mortimer would fight to ensure the Government keeps to its commitments for the area, “not least the new Tees Freeport” announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak in his recent Budget.Other candidatesThe Liberal Democrats have selected teacher Andy Hagon as their candidate again, with Mr Hagon already standing for the party in the constituency in both the 2017 and 2019 elections.Former Labour MP Hilton Dawson has been named as the candidate for the North East Party. Mr Dawson, who is chair of the party he helped to found in 2014, was the Labour MP for Lancaster and Wyre from 1997 until 2005, before stepping down to work in children’s services.The Northern Independence Party has selected former Labour MP Thelma Walker, the ex-member for Colne Valley who lost her seat in 2019.The Social Democratic Party (SDP) announced on it would be standing David Bettney, a former soldier, as its candidate.Reform UK – formerly the Brexit Party – is being represented by local man John Prescott – who is not related to the former politician of the same name – who previously stood for the party in nearby Stockton South.The Green Party confirmed Rachel Featherstone, a local and Teesside University lecturer, will be standing in the pill.The UK Independence Party (UKIP) and the Women’s Equality Party have expressed their intentions to stand candidates.What do the polls say?The early polls suggested an extremely tight race, with most showing Labour and the Conservatives to be almost neck and neck.However, more recently, polling has suggested that the Tories could be pulling ahead – a Survation poll compiled between 29 March and 3 April had the Conservatives on 49 per cent, with Labour on 42 per cent.
Hartlepool By-Election Voting Intention:CON: 49% (+20)LAB: 42% (+4)NIP: 2% (+2)*LDM: 1% (-3)GRN: 1 % (+1)RFM: 1% (-25)Via @Survation, 29 Mar – 3 Apr.Changes w/ GE2019.*Not yet registered with Electoral Commission.— Election Maps UK (@ElectionMapsUK) April 5, 2021
Labour’s 2019 victory was aided by the Brexit Party splitting votes with the Tories, but Nigel Farage’s party will not be running this time around.
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