Putting Hartlepool First win town by-election

A ballot box.
A ballot box.

A member of the Putting Hartlepool First group has won a seat on the town's council after victory in a by-election.

The vacant Seaton Ward seat on Hartlepool Borough Council saw Leisa Claire Smith awarded 474 votes in the contest.

It followed the recent resignation of Independent councillor Paul Thompson due to work commitments.

The turnout for the by-election was just 21.41%.

There will be a further by-election for the vacant Victoria Ward seat on Thursday, November 16.

This follows the recent resignation of Trisha Lawton (Labour) due to family commitments.

Hartlepool Borough Council comprises of 33 elected Councillors.

The current make-up – with a vacant Victoria Ward seat – is Labour (18), UKIP (6), Independent (2), Local Conservatives (3) and Putting Hartlepool First (3).

The by-election results were as follows:

Karen King UK Independence Party (UKIP) 148

Sue Little Independent 425

Ann Marshall Labour Party 275

Leisa Claire Smith Putting Hartlepool First 474

Mike Young Local Conservatives 180