Gran launches bid to become MP over Hartlepool A&E closure

The University Hospital of Hartlepool
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A MOTHER and grandmother feels so strongly about hospital services being moved from Hartlepool that the issue has become her election manifesto as she stands as a candidate to be the town’s MP.

Sandra Allison, who is a self-employed podiatrist in Hartlepool, is standing for MP in a bid to see hospital services brought back to the town.

Sandra Allison. Picture by FRANK REID

Sandra Allison. Picture by FRANK REID

The 55-year-old, who previously trained and worked as a nurse at the University Hospital of Hartlepool, has listed her party for the General Election as Your Vote Could Save Our Hospital.

She said: “When I finished my nurse training there was a full hospital service.

“You didn’t have to go anywhere to have hospital-related problems seen to.

“Closing Hartlepool’s Accident and Emergency was the final straw I would say.

If I was elected as MP I would do my utmost to bring the full services back to Hartlepool, services which have evaporated over the years.

Sandra Allison, who is standing for MP

“None of the other candidates seemed to be standing solely on what is the most important issue in Hartlepool today, and that is the hospital.

“So I thought, ‘somebody has to do it’, and here I am.”

The mum-of-one, who also has a five-month-old grandchild, added: “The problem with North Tees hospital is that it’s in Stockton, and my patients live in Hartlepool, so I hear about it from them.

“I think it’s appalling that a town of this size doesn’t have a hospital.

“The only thing I am standing for is this issue. If I was elected as MP I would do my utmost to bring the full services back to Hartlepool, services which have evaporated over the years. This is all I’m interested in.”

Married Sandra was born and raised in Hartlepool, but now lives just outside of town at Hurworth Burn, near Trimdon.

Other candidates for the General Election in Hartlepool are: Hilary Allen, Liberal Democrats; Phillip Broughton, UKIP; John Neville Hobbs, Independent – Tell It Like It Is; Michael Holt, Green; Stephen Picton, Independent; Richard Mark Royal, Conservatives; and Iain David Wright, Labour.