Hartlepool Liberal Democrat candidate is announced ahead of General Election

Hartlepool Liberal Democrat candidate for the General Election Andy Hagon.
Hartlepool Liberal Democrat candidate for the General Election Andy Hagon.

Hartlepool man Andy Hagon has been selected as the Liberal Democrat candidate for the town at next month's General Election.

Andy works in education, teaching, and coaching leaders and pupils, but is also an active volunteer, in particular working with young people.

He said: 'I'm really excited to be standing in my home town.

"There can be no greater honour than serving the people I've cried with on the terraces, danced with at the Gemini, and sun bathed with on Seaton beach.

"I love working with young people, even though they keep telling me how ancient I am!"

His party argue that Andy will be the only candidate focused on opposing Theresa May’s hard Brexit, but added that he sees local issues as being very important too.

Mr Hagon said: "Hartlepool Liberal Democrats have been speaking to people about the sort of Hartlepool they want.

"We have listened and produced the Lib Dem Hartlepool Manifesto which you can download from our website www.hartlepoollibdems.org.uk.

"No other political party has produced one but we think people need to know what local politicians want to do, to make Hartlepool a better place to live and work."

Speaking about the type of MP that he would be, Mr Hagon added: "I want to be the MP for Hartlepool to help people live the lives they want and ensure our young people get every opportunity to be successful in life.

"And I'll have to do a good job, or I'll have my Mam to answer to!"

Yesterday UKIP announced that Phillip Broughton will stand as its candidate for the Hartlepool seat, while the Conservatives announced Carl Jackson will stand for them.

Last week Labour said union official Mike Hill be standing for the party.