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David Riddle wins hotly-contested Hart ward seat for Putting Hartlepool First

Hartlepool 2014 local and European elections. Putting Hartlepool First winning canididate David Riddle with his father John.

Hartlepool 2014 local and European elections. Putting Hartlepool First winning canididate David Riddle with his father John.

DAVID Riddle won a fiercely competed seat for Putting Hartlepool First – and followed in his father’s footsteps.

The 36-year-old, from Wansbeck Gardens, is the new councillor for the Hart ward after a high-profile campaign on the back of the gypsy site fiasco.

His dad, John Riddle, held the same seat for six years from 1976 as a Conservative councillor.

Married David, who became a dad just 10-week-old, said: “People are not happy and they still have the spectre of this gypsy site. I have no issue with having a site but the process to get to the decision to have it in Hart was all wrong.

“I will bring a fresh approach to the council and question these choices.”

John, 66, stood in the Victoria ward for Putting Hartlepool First but lost out to Labour’s Carl Richardson.

He said of his son’s achievements: “I am very proud. It is like history repeating itself.

“He is very intelligent and articulate and will do what is best for Hart.”

 

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