Seaton by-election: Who will get your vote?

The candidates in the Seaton by-election.
The candidates in the Seaton by-election.

Residents of Seaton ward will go to the polls on Thursday to elect a new councillor.

A by-election has been called following the resignation from Hartlepool Borough Council of Independent councillor Paul Thompson last month. Five candidates, representing all four political parties on the council, are vying to fill the seat, along with one independent. Each explains why they are standing and why they think they deserve your votes.