TV star Jeff Stelling dragged into Hartlepool mayor row

TWEETS: Jeff Stelling
TWEETS: Jeff Stelling

HARTLEPOOL-born TV presenter Jeff Stelling has been dragged into a row over the town’s ceremonial mayor.

Sky Sports favourite Jeff, who started his career in journalism as a reporter with the Mail, was mentioned on Twitter as a potential candidate to be the town’s next mayor.

The current ceremonial mayor, Councillor Stephen Akers-Belcher, has found himself at the centre of a storm in recent days after he was sacked from his job as a care manager with Newcastle City Council for gross misconduct.

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The episode has sparked outrage from fellow councillors who have called for him to stand down from his role until an appeal is brought to a conclusion.

As the row rumbles on, town man John Laws tweeted: “We’ve had a monkey, now let’s get @StellingJeff as mayor”.

Hampshire-based Jeff was quick to reply, saying: “He’s to appeal so let’s wait. Think U need to be in Hpool to be mayor. I am 300 miles too far away”.

Seaton councillor Paul Thompson then joined the debate, making reference to the mayor being away on holiday.

Coun Thompson tweeted: “Jeff, you are 5,000 miles closer than our current mayor who is currently sunning himself in Mexico”.

And the account of Hartlepool United mascot H’angus the Monkey cheekily tweeted: “I’m sure I could fill the boots. I’ve done it before il do it again!!! #freebananas”.