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Should Hartlepool have a directly-appointed mayor?

HARTLEPOOL residents are being urged to have their say on whether or not they want to keep the role of directly-elected mayor.

Mayor Stuart Drummond has held the position since winning the race to be the first at the election in May, 2002.

But residents now have the chance to voice their opinion on the future of the role.

The Hartlepool Conservative Future group has launched the petition which calls on Hartlepool Borough Council to hold a referendum.

But it needs to be supported by 3,500 people before it can be put to the local authority.

Today we ask, should Hartlepool have a directly-appointed mayor?