Meet the candidates: Who will get your vote in Hartlepool’s council elections?

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VOTERS have just days to make their mind up as polling day approaches.

People in Hartlepool will go to the polls on Thursday May 7 to choose not only their MP, but one councillor in each of the town’s 11 wards.

Who will get your vote? Here, each of the candidates gives you their reasons why you should vote for them:

Fens and Rossmere Ward:

Bob Buchan – Ukip

HELLO my name is Bob Buchan, I am the Ukip candidate for the Fens and Rossmere ward, I am taking over from Dave Pascoe as ill health has forced him to stand down.

I grew up in Hartlepool attended Lister Street school and then Hartlepool Technical Day school.

I have lived in the Fens and Rossmere ward since 2002 and have worked at Huntsman Greatham works since 1989.

To me our hospital is of great importance to the town, how any person or party could think of closing it is incredible. I along with all the other Ukip councillors will strive to keep the hospital open and have vital services restored.

The planning application to build hundreds of houses on the greenbelt to the south of the ward is both unnecessary and unwelcome, and strongly opposed by residents.

Ukip support these objections and if elected I will work hard to have these plans rejected.

Our police station should be open 24 hours, this is something I think is a really important issue and would fight to achieve this.

If elected I promise to hold regular surgeries and will listen and act upon your concerns.

Ukip councillors are only accountable to you the ward residents unlike other parties.

Please give me your vote on May 7.

Tom Casey – The Green Party

I am Hartlepool born and bred and have spent most of my life in the town. I have however travelled, lived and worked around the world and experienced life in successful towns and cities.

Recently I returned home to stay, and I can see how successive governments have failed Hartlepool.

Follow the news this week and see how much attention marginal constituencies will get from political parties. All parties are sending in the big guns, to win over those important new votes which can swing a seat.

These marginal seats are also looked after outside of the election cycle.

The sooner Hartlepool stops voting for what their fathers and grandfathers did the better. Labour is not the social party it once was. Being a marginal is the best way for a town to receive attention from a government. THEY SHOULD WORK FOR US.

If you’re sick of the same old politics, try something new. Vote for The Green Party, with social policies for the common good. Read our costed manifesto.

I am running to create a better society for today’s Hartlepudlians and the next generations.

If Greens were to win all of our seats the town would receive proper attention.

Jim Lindridge – Labour

I’M proud to have lived in both Fens and Rossmere all my life and I have a strong passion for improving our area. I’m pleased to say that I have contacted more than a thousand residents in the past 12 months alone to discuss issues facing local people. 

Concerns around Rossmere Park, speeding and parking issues, tackling anti-social behaviour and street lighting all remain priority areas for residents.

Proposed changes to local housing and healthcare provision in the area also remain important. 

If elected, I will be fully committed to working with the council, its partners and residents to address these concerns. 

I categorically support the retention and reinstatement of our vitally important Hospital and healthcare services and have attended mass meetings to support the Save our Hospital campaign.

I’m a person with integrity, who holds strong family values, and I relate to people in a fair and balanced manner.

I am a strong communicator and will always stand up for what I believe.

I know as a local man I can make a real difference to you, your family and the Fens and Rossmere area. Please vote Jim Lindridge on May – and I promise I wont let you down.

Denis Loynes – Local Conservatives

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IT’S a fact that Conservative councillors cost you less, once again Local Conservatives, Coun George Morris, Coun Brenda Loynes and Coun Ray Martin-Wells have not claimed a single penny in expenses over the last financial year. Despite this, Local Conservatives have some of the highest council attendance records of any political party. Local Conservatives have high attendance records in both the council Chamber as well has on decision-making committees

Using the Conservative led Council Tax Freeze Grant, your local Conservative Councillors fought to freeze Council Tax for the last 5 consecutive years.

Many Independent and Labour Councillors were very unhappy to freeze Council Tax in 2010 let alone five years later, which is why Hartlepool needs credible and strong opposition in the form of Local Conservatives.

If your Local Conservatives had not fought for this, you could have had a two per cent increase year on year.

Many other political parties have refused to indicate whether they would continue to freeze your Council Tax.

Local Conservative councillors are the only political party to fully support the freeze grant from the beginning. Don’t take a chance on May 7.

Vote Local Conservatives.

Michelle Thomas-McIntyre – Putting Hartlepool First

MY name is Michelle Thomas–McIntyre and I’m 29. Over the past few years I have had an increased interest in contributing towards the future needs for Hartlepool.

For this reason I began considering standing in the local elections for the Fens and Rossmere area.

When Geoff Lilley decided not to stand again, I recognised the need to have an honest and dignified candidate to carry on all the excellent work Geoff has done.

Issues such as the pending plans for the South-West extension, and the impact on existing residents if these plans go ahead are obviously huge for the local community.

The already stretched educational places for existing residents, increased traffic and the destruction of further greenbelt all need further investigation.

These plans will inevitably have an impact on all residents and further consultation is something I would be actively seeking.

I believe that in Hartlepool we have been insufficiently represented by a large amount of councillors in recent years, for this reason I am looking for your support on May 7.

I want to become your representation and I can reassure you I will strive to be the representation you deserve.

Foggy Furze Ward:

Chris Cassidy – UKIP

I’M standing in Foggy Furze because I believe local hard-working people are fed up of Labour taking their vote for granted. Speak to anyone in Hartlepool and they are concerned at how Labour have treated our local health services and allowed A&E services to leave Hartlepool Hospital.

I’m also standing because I believe that streets within our community should be safer, cleaner and friendlier. It’s about time local residents really started to feel that the council is on their side and every effort needs to be made to same money from vanity services, large salaries and improve front line local services.

I will always be against a combined authority supported by our Labour politicians as I believe local people know how best to run local services.

Hartlepool is a great place to live and work, but I believe it can be so much better with a hard-working group of UKIP councillors supporting local businesses, hard-working families and people trying to make ends meet.

UKIP Councillors are free to represent the voters that elect them, not party bosses like in the other parties.

If you vote UKIP this May 7, you will get UKIP.

Kevin Cranney – Labour

WORKING in the voluntary sector for over 30 years helps me understand the importance of listening to residents needs; problems and gaps in public services that need to be improved.

If I am re-elected I will continue to put the community first before party politics, continue to listen to residents’ problems and concerns and continue to provide a strong voice in the council to improve services that are most important to local residents and work with other organisations to create employment opportunities and support the growth of new businesses that will help regenerate Hartlepool.

If I am re-elected I promise to continue attending and supporting local community groups, helping resolve resident issues and problems, listen and keep residents informed through newsletters and street/ward surgeries and ensure that residents have a strong voice on the council to improve their wellbeing.

I believe that a councillor’s role is to be accountable and accessible to local residents ensuring their views and concerns are acted upon tackling problems they have identified such as health provision, dog fouling, nuisance neighbours, speeding traffic, drug dealing, litter and private landlords.

Hartlepool and its people are unique I am proud to serve the town and its residents.

Diane McIntyre – Green Party

I’VE been lucky enough to enjoy the benefits of living and working in Hartlepool.

This town has lots to offer: good schools and dedicated teachers, a high performing hospital and medical staff.

It’s time to give something back. I believe by sitting back, not getting involved and just letting things happen has resulted in what we have today.

We continue our efforts to return the Emergency Department to Holdforth Road.

From recent observations our Council needs more diversity; more women in council would add a different slant to the decision-making process.

I understand from local councillors that the most rewarding part is the role of Corporate Parent. Children are our future and they deserve a safe, healthy community and world in which to flourish.

Free education is at the heart of the Green Manifesto bringing academies and free schools into the local authority system.

By creating a centre for renewable energy we aim to establish Hartlepool at the forefront of this fast growing industry, providing vital jobs and investment.

As your Green Party candidate I hope you can support me but whatever the outcome on May 7 my intention is to continue to work with and for the community.

Darren Price – Putting Hartlepool First

I’M a family man and work at Huntsman Tioxide. I live in the Foggy Furze Ward and when I’m walking to the shop or school I can see where improvements can be made. 

I started going to the council meetings last year and was left wondering what the devil was going on.

There is a total lack of transparency and it is no wonder people don’t trust councillors and politicians alike.

What can I offer you? I offer you a councillor that won’t claim expenses, won’t set up countless companies to claim funds from grants and will listen to residents and make decisions that reflect the wishes of the ward.

These include having a referendum about becoming part of another County Cleveland type authority, continuing to try and return hospital services to Hartlepool and encourage the rapid completion of the replacement town plan, so we don’t get a repeat of the Anderson’s bakery episode (which still may not be over!). 

I want to be elected to make a difference and to prove that not everyone is in it for themselves.

On May 7 please Put Hartlepool First and vote for me.

Bill Reeve – Local Conservatives

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IT’S a fact that Conservative councillors cost you less, once again Local Conservatives, Coun George Morris, Coun Brenda Loynes and Coun Ray Martin-Wells have not claimed a single penny in expenses over the last financial year. Despite this, Local Conservatives have some of the highest council attendance records of any political party. Local Conservatives have high attendance records in both the council chamber as well has on decision-making committees

Using the Conservative led Council Tax Freeze Grant, your local Conservative Councillors fought to freeze Council Tax for the last 5 consecutive years.

Many Independent and Labour Councillors were very unhappy to freeze Council Tax in 2010 let alone five years later, which is why Hartlepool needs credible and strong opposition in the form of Local Conservatives.

If your Local Conservatives had not fought for this, you could have had a two per cent increase year on year.

Many other political parties have refused to indicate whether they would continue to freeze your Council Tax.

Local Conservative councillors are the only political party to fully support the freeze grant from the beginning. Don’t take a chance on May 7.

Vote Local Conservatives.

Hart Ward

Bob Addison - UKIP

After working at numerous places such as ICI, the steelworks, Africa, umpteen oil rigs, the middle east and others I finally ended up as a teacher and then retirement so you can see I have a wide amount of experience I have lived in the Hart Ward for 35 years. I would like to think I could bring some much needed integrity to the council. The present crowd (excepting UKIP) have reduced local government to third world standards.

There no chance of a hospital being built at Wynyard so the best course of action is to try to regain some of the facilities we used to have at the university hospital, Hartlepool. Only UKIP seems to have the will or the first idea how to do this.

Another disgrace is the decision to include Hartlepool in the Combined Teesside Authority, Cleveland County Council by another name. The people of Hartlepool deserve a referendum on this huge step. UKIP will campaign strongly on this measure.

I will do my best for Hartlepool.

Paul Beck - Labour

It is my belief that councillors should be available all year round and not just at election time, which is why I hold ward surgeries and produce a newsletter which is delivered to every household.

I have:

• Worked with residents at Bishop Cuthbert to start a Residents Association so that their concerns could be raised with the Council, developers and others;

• Helped Hart Parish Church to achieve a ramped access to assist the disabled and was very proud to help to fund the WW1/2 war memorial windows and gravestones;

• Supported local schools with a number of outdoor projects;

• Campaigned against the proposed closure of Hartfields GP Surgery and also worked with residents at Hartfields to raise money for social activities;

• Negotiated with Northumbria Water on behalf of Hart Village residents to reduce the risk of flooding.

I have been pleased to work with and for the residents of Hart Ward over the last 4 years and hope that residents will feel that they can give me their support on May 7th.

Christine Duffy - Local Conservatives

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It’s a fact that Conservatives Councillors cost you less, once again Local Conservatives, Coun George Morris, Coun Brenda Loynes & Coun Ray Martin-Wells have not claimed a single penny in expenses over the last financial year. Despite this, Local Conservatives have some of the highest council attendance records of any Political Party. Local Conservatives have high attendance records in both the Council Chamber as well has on decision making committees

Using the Conservative led Council Tax Freeze Grant, your local Conservative Councillors fought to freeze Council Tax for the last five consecutive years.

Many Independent and Labor Councillors were very unhappy to freeze Council Tax in 2010 let alone 5 years later, which is why Hartlepool needs credible and strong opposition in the form of Local Conservatives. If your Local Conservatives had not fought for this, you could have had a 2% increase year on year. Many other political Parties have refused to indicate whether they would continue to freeze your Council Tax. Local Conservative Councillors are the only political party to fully support the freeze grant from the beginning. Don’t take a chance on May 7th! Vote Local Conservative

Keith Fisher - Independent

I’m the only candidate in our Hart Ward who is offering you INDEPENDENT representation. That honest offer is only possible because my allegiance to you is never compromised by any spin or by duties to act, to vote, or to support the policies of ANY political party whatsoever!

My adult life has been spent actually representing people honestly and effectively. My simple principle is that whatever arises as your personal concerns become my concerns too and thereby are promptly subjected to my very best efforts of personal representation EVERY TIME.

My family and I have actually lived in Hart Ward for 37 years and therefore YOU are my “party” because you are my neighbours and that is how I’m comfortable to share your concerns and beliefs.

I will be neither stuffing your letterbox with glossy party promises nor will I disturb you at your doorstep to tell you what it is you should want. I simply offer effective personal representation of YOUR priorities as and when they appear and I here politely ask you to permit me to do so by trusting me with your vote. THANK YOU.

Jeff Moriarty - Putting Hartlepool First

I am a serving Hart Village Parish Councillor. I live in the ward and have first-hand knowledge of the local problems and concerns.

Last year Putting Hartlepool First won the Hart Ward election with David Riddle. David has given the ward a strong voice and it’s now time to act again.

Hartlepool Council charges the third highest council tax rate in England. We need to make sure it remains frozen until it reaches a more sensible level and more than ever, that we get value for money. We’ve also seen recently that the traveller issue has resurfaced and still needs to be watched carefully.

Putting Hartlepool First has consistently called for the return of services to Hartlepool Hospital, unlike Labour whose complacency and duplicity helped create the current situation in the first place. We will continue to fight for the referendum that Labour has refused us before we are pushed into a phased return of Cleveland County and to scrap town centre parking charges.

The ward needs councillors who will act and not just pay lip-service to residents; councillors with integrity who don’t bring disgrace to our town in the national press.

I hope I can count on your valued support on the 7th May.

Headland and Harbour Ward:

Chris Broadbent – Local Conservatives

THE Conservatives froze council tax for five years and the Local Conservatives fought to freeze it for another five years.

Many Independent and Labour councillors were very unhappy to freeze it in 2010, that’s why this ward needs a Local Conservative councillor to keep it frozen and strong opposition to Independent, Labour and Putting Hartlepool First councillors.

Conservative councillors claimed no expenses.

Putting Hartlepool First put themselves first.

If I’m elected I’ll fight for what’s right on the following, that’s my promise.

1. To keep the freeze on council tax. The other parties wanted a two per cent increase.

2. Better policing on our streets.

3. More help for disabled and elderly, including those in sheltered housing.

4. Stronger action on bad landlords.

5. Improvements on public transport.

6. Improvements in social services.

7. Bring back our hospital services.

8. Repairs on our roads and pavements.

9. Press the council to encourage local businesses to employ local people where possible.

In my opinion this Government is right to restrict immigrants entering our country, this would create more jobs for our local residents.

If you want change instead of the present three Labour councillors on our ward vote Chris Broadbent.

And I’ll keep you informed.

Phillip Broughton – UKIP

ON May 7 voters in Hartlepool have a clear choice, more of the same failure with the current Labour administration or change with UKIP.

We have a Labour administration that is arrogant and out of touch.

The scandal of the Mayor has ruined the reputation of this council. However it is also failing on policy.

This council scrapped the local plan which has left Hartlepool open to a planning free for all on housing and wind turbines. Labour councillors voted for a councillor pay rise when the economy is struggling and this is an absolute scandal.

Also it was Labour that signed away the Hartlepool Hospital which has lead to the downgrading of services at the hospital.

UKIP is arguing for a different way we want lower council tax and spending on frontline services to be increased. We would pay for this by cutting middle management, councillor allowances and high council executive salaries.

We would give real planning power to people with local referendums on housing and wind turbines.

We will continue to argue for frontline local services and fighting to get the local hospital services back to the Hartlepool hospital.

Steve Latimer - Putting Hartlepool First

Reading about the antics of Hartlepool Labour Group, it must sometimes seem like we’ve all been caught up watching an episode of Shameless. Fraud, lies, sexist slurs against grandmothers and Labour councillors caught out paying their own staff less than the minimum wage; we’ve had the lot.

Putting Hartlepool First’s is, at long last, providing a real opposition to the Labour/Tory coalition running our council by questioning and scrutinising its actions. However, we also have ideas of our own.

Town Centre businesses should not be disadvantaged by parking charges so we want to see them scrapped; the stalled Marina development needs to be kick-started again and the Headland needs to be given a boost by relocating council office jobs back to the Borough Buildings.

And, remembering that it was two Labour councillors who sat on the Review Panel which recommended the closure of our A&E, it’s Putting Hartlepool First who are genuinely fighting for the return of our own, fully functioning hospital.

Local councils are about local issues; not national issues like immigration and membership of the EU. So in the council elections, vote for the party which is bright enough to know the difference and is focussed entirely on Hartlepool.

Shane Moore - Independent

Since John Marshall & Tim Flemming stood down as independent councillors for this ward it has suffered from under funding, seen no investment and lacked any real voice fighting on our behalf in the council chamber.

Free from the shackles of a political party and the control of a whip I am proud to say that when I stand up for something the only people telling me how to vote will be you, the people who put me in the job in the first place. I’ll be free to fight for the long overdue investment and regeneration of the Headland promenade, for a decent children’s play area at the Central, to get rid of the embarrassment we currently have as a ceremonial mayor and to fight for the return of hospital services to the town as well as everything else YOU ask of me.

So on May 7th you have a clear choice between voting for yet another party puppet for more of the same failure or for me, Shane Moore as your strong independent and local voice fighting for you.

John Robert Price - National Health Action Party

John Robert Price (National Health Action Party/ Green Party), known on the Headland where he has lived all his life as Robert, has had decades of activism, charity work & political involvement. He fought & prevented the closure of Greenfield Lodge Nursing Home, he led the group which successfully fought to save the Headland Promenade, he’s recovered moneys for charities which have been conned, and small but important matters like stopping peoples unlawful private parking fines.

I’ve used my knowledge of the law to fight for what’s right, but some things happening now need a political solution, I need to be in a position to use evidence and argument to try and produce the best outcome for Hartlepool; like the return of our hospital services.

My opponents in this election are in favour of the current economically illiterate austerity regime which only makes the rich richer. With the exception of Labour, they’re all supporters in some way of the current Tory government. I’m hoping to give the people of the ward I’ve lived my life in a genuine knowledgeable voice which argues for the people rather than just for the super rich who’ve bought and paid for my opponents.”

Sylvia Tempest - Labour

I live on the Headland with my husband Stephen and feel privileged and honoured to have been chosen as the Labour Party Candidate for the Headland and Harbour Ward.

I am a qualified nurse currently on placement at the University Hospital of North Durham. I also worked for Hartlepool Borough Council for thirteen years, most recently as Environmental Standards Manager in the Neighbourhood Services Department.

In that time I learnt much about the workings of the council and fostered a very good relationship with many of the officers. I believe that experience is invaluable to me and helps me in resolving local issues.

I am an experienced councillor and a supporter of the trade union movement, having been a Union activist for many years.

I am an honest and trustworthy individual who is committed to the ward and the borough. Local issues and people are very important to me and if elected, I will work hard for you, always fighting your corner to ensure you have fair and equal access to services. I will work alongside you to help make the Ward a better place to live and a stronger community for the future.

Jesmond Ward:

Stephen Allison - Your Vote Could Save Our Hospital

Hartlepool hospital has been a political football for years. Every candidate in every election says they want to save our hospital (BUT only as long as it’s OK with the rest of their party’s manifesto). It’s a simple choice. If you think the loss of the hospital is the biggest issue facing Jesmond Ward and our town right now then cast a clear and unambiguous vote to SAVE HARTLEPOOL HOSPITAL. If you think there are other issues that are more important then cast your vote based on them. A mandate at the ballot box to Save our Hospital could be a powerful political weapon. However, if you don’t vote to Save Hartlepool Hospital then don’t complain when it closes forever! Your vote could save Hartlepool hospital so look for the logo on your ballot paper.

Reuben Atkinson - Independent

I am a person, who is at his best when serving people.

I have served as a Councillor,and my aim would be to be on hand when ever I am needed in the ward.

I would make sure that ALL residents are served,in the manner in which I like to be served.

Sandra Belcher - Labour

I HAVE lived in the area for over 50 years.

I was born in Milbank Road Area, Married and raised my family in Jesmond Gardens.

I now live at Lynton Court where I’m the Scheme Manager at the sheltered accommodation.

I have worked at Hartlepool Hospital and in the caring professions all my adult life. This is why I am fighting to bring back services to Hartlepool Hospital.

As a local resident I am tired of the false and empty promises made by other people standing in elections.

This includes the promise of a better bus service. Instead of complaining I am prepared to stand up and be counted and do my part to improve the area.

If Elected I will:

•Be seen all year round by knocking on your doors, holding street surgeries and regular newsletters.

•Find a solution to address poor bus services.

•Ensure our estates are clean and tidy.

•Ensure Jesmond ward gets its fair share of services and funding.

•I will not make promises I cannot keep but one thing I will do is be accessible to residents and be a councillor who is seen all year round.

Keith William Dawkins - Putting Hartlepool First

For the last three years I have had the privilege of being your Putting Hartlepool First Councillor in the Jesmond Ward where I live.

We need to maintain the fight to return hospital services to Hartlepool and our transport links need to be seriously improved. With town centre businesses struggling and shoppers feeling the pinch, it’s time that we scrapped town centre parking charges. Now we face another fight after Labour refused the people a referendum before being bounced, bit by bit, into a new version of Cleveland County.

I am proud of what Putting Hartlepool First (PHF) has achieved in the council providing a real opposition to the ruling Labour group. It’s not negative to insist that the council cleans up its act and returns to being a council that everyone can have faith in.

Being able to help local residents with their own problems has given me the most satisfaction. I have also spent my ward budget wisely and only in the Jesmond Ward by planting trees across the ward, fitting dropped kerbs as well as supporting Throston and Dyke House Schools.

I hope I can count on your valued support on the 7th May so that I can continue to help others.

Claire Wells - Local Conservatives

It’s a fact that Conservatives Councillors cost you less, once again Local Conservatives, Cllr George Morris, Cllr Brenda Loynes & Cllr Ray Martin-Wells have not claimed a single penny in expenses over the last financial year. Despite this, Local Conservatives have some of the highest Council attendance records of any Political Party. Local Conservatives have high attendance records in both the Council Chamber as well has on decision making committees

Using the Conservative led Council Tax Freeze Grant, your local Conservative Councillors fought to freeze Council Tax for the last 5 consecutive years.

Many Independent and Labour Councillors were very unhappy to freeze Council Tax in 2010 let alone 5 years later, which is why Hartlepool needs credible and strong opposition in the form of Local Conservatives. If your Local Conservatives had not fought for this, you could have had a 2% increase year on year. Many other political Parties have refused to indicate whether they would continue to freeze your Council Tax. Local Conservative Councillors are the only political party to fully support the freeze grant from the beginning. Don’t take a chance on May 7th! Vote Local Conservative.

Manor House Ward:

Allan Barclay - Labour

I have been a councillor for Manor House Ward for the past 20 months and I am up for re-election in May 2015.

Together with my Labour ward colleagues I have managed to achieve the following over this period:

• Protection of Green Spaces: The green space in our community is something we have to protect.

• Potholes and roads: Investment of extra money into roads to improve our area.

• Parking: Over £300,000 spent on parking in the ward, working in partnership with Hartlepool Borough Council and Thirteen.

• Fighting anti-social behaviour: Working hard with HBC, Police, Fire Brigade, Thirteen and other agencies to resolve all kinds of problems from dog fouling to bin fires.

As an ex-serviceman, with over 25 years service and with over six years experience as a councillor, I have a wide range of skills that will ensure I get nothing but the best for the ward. If you wish to speak to me personally on any problem or issue please don’t hesitate to contact me and I will do my utmost to solve it.

Alan Hind - UKIP

My name is Alan Hind and after the loss of my primary and secondary schools along with the Hartlepool factory which I started my working life, I’m unhappy losing our hospital.

It is quite simply a disgrace and a big let down for the people of Hartlepool from people in a position of power and trust and after a career of more than 32 years in the NHS I am appalled by the way we have been betrayed.

Nobody in Hartlepool should be denied treatment from the cradle to the grave or have to travel out of town to receive it.

Now retired, I coach within the schools to encourage children to follow a healthy lifestyle on behalf of Hartlepool Table Tennis Club and this includes Manor and Catcote.

Over the years I have become so disappointed and disillusioned with broken promises from people I have trusted with my vote and I find UKIP a breath of fresh air.

I think the people of Hartlepool deserve forward thinking, honest and pro-active councillors working hard on their behalf and if you will give me your vote on 7th May I will promise to do just that.

Mandy Loynes - Local Conservatives

It’s a fact that Conservatives councillors cost you less, once again Local Conservatives, Coun George Morris, Coun Brenda Loynes & Coun Ray Martin-Wells have not claimed a single penny in expenses over the last financial year. Despite this, Local Conservatives have some of the highest council attendance records of any political party. Local Conservatives have high attendance records in both the Council Chamber as well has on decision making committees

Using the Conservative led Council Tax Freeze Grant, your local Conservative councillors fought to freeze council tax for the last five consecutive years.

Many Independent and Labour councillors were very unhappy to freeze council tax in 2010 let alone five years later, which is why Hartlepool needs credible and strong opposition in the form of Local Conservatives. If your Local Conservatives had not fought for this, you could have had a two per cent increase year on year. Many other political parties have refused to indicate whether they would continue to freeze your council tax. Local Conservative councillors are the only political party to fully support the freeze grant from the beginning. Don’t take a chance on May 7th! Vote Local Conservative.

Michelle Winship - Green

As a working mother of three young children, who lives in your ward, I can truly empathise with the financial and social pressures that families are facing in Hartlepool.

Since leaving university I have had a variety of jobs, sadly, none within Hartlepool. I spent two years in the NHS ensuring funds were spent to give the best outcomes for patients. After the NHS, I campaigned extensively for the needs of the armed forces community to have a place on national public health and social care agendas.

Most recently I have used my experience as a manufacturing specialist to help companies effectively manage their resources in the face of austerity and I believe that Hartlepool, with investment in its local transport infrastructure, is perfectly placed for investment and development in this sector. This is crucial to be able to bring secure jobs to our town and to be able to offer the residents of Hartlepool a living wage to ever be able to win our battle against the cuts and austerity measures that have so deeply affected our town.

I will challenge decisions to ensure that quality service is delivered to the town at the best possible cost.

Rural West Ward:

Martin Dunbar - Labour

I run a small business in Hartlepool and I am the father to three children so I understand the issues that working parents face. I have been involved in local politics with the Labour Party for a number of years and am a member of the Unite union. If I am fortunate enough to be elected as councillor for the Rural West ward I will:

• Be accessible to all residents;

• Always reply to emails and other correspondence;

• Always be honest when answering requests;

• Attend any meetings as required and reflect the views of Rural West residents;

• Work with residents and other agencies to ensure that Rural West is a safe and enjoyable place to be;

• Support local organisations, charities, and events.

I understand that the parishes and surrounding areas in Rural West have different issues and needs from the town centre and I intend to reflect that at every opportunity, so that Rural West is well represented.

Kenneth Holt - Green

I’m standing in Rural West because I feel that we’re out on a limb. The public transport policies of Labour and Tory governments have meant that services in our area have been cut to the bone. It is impossible to get a bus after 6 o’clock at night. This means that older people who can’t afford to drive, or don’t feel safe driving, are trapped in their homes on an evening.

The Green Party has the best policies for reconnecting rural communities to the town. They want to re-regulate public transport to force profit-making companies to provide us with a proper service and to prevent our rural communities from dying.

The backroads are incredibly dangerous for cyclists as well. If elected as a councillor I will work with charities such as Sustrans to turn existing footpaths into cycle tracks, allowing people to travel into the centre of town from rural communities safely.

The quality of broadband in Dalton, Elwick and Greatham is a joke as well. I will work with parish councils to put together a campaign to force BT into giving us the Superfast broadband that they are contracted to provide us but have yet to fulfill.

George Morris - Local Conservatives

It’s a fact that Conservatives cost you less, once again your Local Conservatives, Coun George Morris, Coun Brenda Loynes & Coun Ray Martin-Wells have not claimed a single penny in expenses over the last financial year. Despite this Local Conservatives have some of the highest council attendance records of any Political Party.

Coun George Morris is a governor of High Tunstall College of Science and is currently working with the governing body to facilitate the building of the new school on the site.

Using the Conservative led Council Tax Freeze Grant, your local Conservative Councillors fought to freeze council tax for the last five consecutive years.

Many Independent and Labor Councillors were very unhappy to freeze Council Tax in 2010 let alone 5 years later, which is why Hartlepool needs credible and strong opposition in the form of Local Conservatives. If your Local Conservatives had not fought for this, you could have had a two per cent increase year on year. Many other political parties have refused to indicate whether they would continue to freeze your council tax. Local Conservative councillors are the only political party to fully support the freeze grant from the beginning. Don’t take a chance on May 7th! Vote Coun George Morris.

Eric Wilson - UKIP

MY name is Eric Wilson and I am the UK Independence Party candidate for the Rural West Ward in the local elections which take place on May 7.

There are a number of areas where we have been badly let down by our Labour-run council, mainly the loss of vital services, but there are three major issues facing the residents of the ward in which we have little or no say.

The continuing saga of Hartlepool hospital. Despite numerous protests, marches and petitions the people who made the decision to close the hospital are just not listening.

UKIP councillors will fight to have all services returned to our hospital.

The planning application for hundreds of houses to be built in the South and West of the ward must be rejected. Despite what developers say there is no demand for these houses.

If elected I will oppose what is virtually the destruction of Hartlepool’s very pleasant green belt.

The recent decision by Hartlepool Borough Council to join a Tees Valley local authority was done without your say so. Remember Cleveland County?

UKIP councillors will fight to have that decision reversed unless the majority of people of Hartlepool agree after a binding referendum.

Please trust me with your vote on May 7.

Seaton Carew Ward:

Phil Fenn – UKIP

HARTLEPOOL council’s reputation is becoming a worrying, ongoing situation where your elected councillors either ignore completely, or deliberately go against the best interests of the people of the town.

SEVEN features in Private Eye magazine’s Rotten Boroughs feature is testimony to this.

This cannot be right. Simply put, things have to change.

You don’t need me to list the issues where you have been badly let down.

·* Hospital closure pending putting lives at risk;

* Loss of bus services after 6pm;

* Repeated examples of town-wide profligate use of your money – Cafe in the crematorium, ‘Hartlepool Vision’?

The issue of the detrimental effect on the quality of life for Seaton residents of HBC’s landfill policy is an issue on which I am particularly passionate and will fight fearlessly for a change in direction of policy.

I will be your champion on this issue, you have my word.

The ruthlessly undemocratic plan to merge Hartlepool into a Tees Valley Authority without asking your opinion, via a referendum, underlines the level of contempt for your interests that the present council hold.

I hope you will favour me with your vote on May 7.

Pete Kirkham – Green Party

THE British people have taken a battering over the last few years.

Mainstream politics have blurred into one single self-serving agenda compounded with easily breakable promises near election time.

Politics is broken and the Green surge is a clear sign that people want and deserve something better.

I absolutely demand that all aspects of the NHS are publicly owned and that creeping privatisation is reversed fully.

Health and social care has no place being provided for profit ever.

Food banks, zero hours contracts, demonising all those on benefits and underemployment are not signs of a healthy economy.

Austerity is a punishment on the whole country for the reckless actions of a few. It is not working and needs to stop.

Hartlepool has many wonderful communities and everyone should be allowed to live in a street and not on the street. I believe in social housing for all.

Finally I would like to see public ownership of the rail systems once more. Effective public transport systems are the arteries of a town like ours bringing business and workers.

Being able to use the car less is both cheaper and better for the environment too.

Victoria:

Peter Davis - UKIP

You won’t need me to tell you of the disastrous mess that the ruling councillors have made over local governance. The impending loss of our hospital and the cessation of bus services after 6pm are just two areas that affect the vulnerable and the less well off.

Of course there is also the plan to submerge Hartlepool into a Teesside conglomerate, (a nightmarish re-creation of Cleveland County). This horrendous act is intended to be implemented totally without your say in a local referendum – such is the contempt our elected representatives hold us in.

I can assure you that if you elect me as your councillor I will directly fight your corner over these and any other issues where your interests are violated by contemptuous disregard or through lack of proper consideration of outcomes.

UKIP is most certainly a national party, but UKIP local councillors do not operate with ‘whips’ our philosophy is quite simply to ensure that the local community gets the services they have approved of.

YOU, the voter, are the boss, we will never forget this.

On May 7th you have the opportunity to make a real difference – please take it.

Christopher James Eddie - Green

I’m one of many thousands of people who’ve recently joined The Green Party to ensure a fairer society and because I care about our future and our planet.

I’ve lived in Hartlepool for 25 years and currently work within health and social care supporting people with learning disabilities.

I’m passionate about building communities and hate to see Hartlepool reduced to the scrap heap in favour of jobs and wealth in the South. The culture, the music, the history and the passion of the people are things that inspire me.

Working for minimal wages, I, like many others in Victoria ward, know how it can be a struggle to make ends meet. I see people and families forced to work long hours, commute vast distances and work away from home. This puts a strain on relationships, communities, their health and mental wellbeing, whilst others are left unoccupied, unemployed, abandoned, vulnerable and in need.

I feel that The Green Party offers us all a great opportunity for change; a decent quality of life, a living wage, access to free healthcare, quality affordable housing, a chance to make a positive contribution to our communities and a real alternative for the people of Hartlepool.

Trisha Lawton - Labour

I’m a Hartlepudlian and proud of it; all my family are from Hartlepool.

I was previously a full time union representative covering the North East. This has given me confidence to speak out for people who need to be heard.

I represented the Rossmere Ward as a Labour councillor from 2010 to 2012 so I know how the council systems work.

I now work part time at Hartlepool Power Station as a tour guide, so I will have plenty of time to give to my council duties.

I promise that I will:

• Be honest, reliable and open with residents and fully represent their views in the council;

• Work with my ward colleagues, Coun Carl Richardson and Coun Chris Simmons to continue to make further improvements in the ward;

• Attend all meetings and speak on behalf of residents of the ward;

• Work with residents, resident associations, the council and the police to tackle anti-social behaviour and reduce crime in the ward;

• Never make promises about things that I know I cannot deliver. I will be straight with you.

John Dobson Riddle - Putting Hartlepool First

I was educated at Jesmond Road School, Dyke House and the University of Leeds where I gained qualifications in social work.

In 1976 I was elected as councillor for the Hart Ward. The big issues at the time were the needs for a bypass for Hart Village and a new school.

Both were completed in my term of office - SUCCESS!

I have watched OUR hospital services being decimated and fully support the Save Our Hospital campaign and I hope will result in those essential services, including accident and emergency, returned to Hartlepool.

I would also campaign to have OUR police station returned to a 24 hour service and, in consultation with bus companies, try to extend services beyond 6.30pm.

There has been a lot said about dignity and honesty in the council chamber and how the public should respect councillors. Every councillor in public life should abide by the Nolan rules of honesty, leadership, openness, accountability, objectivity and above all integrity.

I don’t ask for YOUR respect- I will earn it!

Jayne Wells - Local Conservatives

It’s a fact that Conservatives councillors cost you less, once again Local Conservatives, Cllr George Morris, Cllr Brenda Loynes & Cllr Ray Martin-Wells have not claimed a single penny in expenses over the last financial year. Despite this, Local Conservatives have some of the highest Council attendance records of any Political Party. Local Conservatives have high attendance records in both the Council Chamber as well has on decision making committees

Using the Conservative led Council Tax Freeze Grant, your local Conservative councillors fought to freeze council tax for the last five consecutive years.

Many Independent and Labour councillors were very unhappy to freeze Council Tax in 2010 let alone five years later, which is why Hartlepool needs credible and strong opposition in the form of Local Conservatives. If your Local Conservatives had not fought for this, you could have had a two per cent increase year on year. Many other political Parties have refused to indicate whether they would continue to freeze your council tax. Local Conservative councillors are the only political party to fully support the freeze grant from the beginning. Don’t take a chance on May 7th! Vote Local Conservative.