Party names new secretary

A POLITICAL party has appointed a new secretary after the original post holder stepped down.

Terry Allen is to take over the reigns from Stephen Allison as party secretary for Putting Hartlepool First, which has four councillors in Hartlepool.

Mr Allen, who stood as a Putting Hartlepool First candidate in the Seaton Ward in the May election, joins the party’s executive committee which oversees the running of the party.

Speaking at a meeting of the party at the Mill House Pub, in Rium Terrace, he said: “I am delighted at the progress the party has made in such a short time and I feel privileged to have been selected as party secretary.”

Former councillor Mr Allison will continue as the party nominating officer (PNO), a statutory position that all parties must have.

Mr Allison said: “The PNO is only important at election times and I’m delighted Terry is taking over the more important role of party secretary.

“This shows Putting Hartlepool First is committed to reaching out to new people, bringing new ideas to Hartlepool politics and not just recycling the same old faces like mine.”

Putting Hartlepool First leader Councillor Geoff Lilley welcomed the latest addition to the party’s executive committee.

He said: “Terry had never been involved in politics before joining Putting Hartlepool First.

“But he is exactly the sort of person needed in Hartlepool politics, someone who is passionate about our town rather than just toeing a national party line imposed from Westminster.”

The next meeting of Putting Hartlepool First is being held on Tuesday, July 24 at the Mill House pub.

The meeting starts at 6.30pm and anyone is welcome to attend.