THE chairman of a political party has stood down after 10 years in the role.
Eric Wilson has been chairman of the Hartlepool branch of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) since the branch was formed.
But he has now stepped down from the role and a new committee has been formed.
It was announced at the annual general meeting of UKIP Hartlepool, held on Tuesday night at the Woodcutter pub, in the town’s Kingsley Avenue.
Mr Wilson said: “After 10 years I want to give the opportunity to a new voice to bring some fresh ideas to the table, but I will firmly remain as a member and give my total support to UKIP’s aspirations in the town and nationally.”
He has been succeeded as chairman by Tom Hind, who was elected by a unanimous vote by the members present.
Mr Hind, who paid tribute to Mr Wilson, added: “Eric will be a tough act to follow, but I will assure you of my dedication to pursuing the party’s aims and ensuring our message reaches more and more of the people of Hartlepool.
“I will bring in some new innovations to increase our local profile and help spread the message in Hartlepool.”
Meanwhile, Peter Fitzgerald has been elected to the role of treasurer and elections agent for a further 12 months and Dave Pascoe was unanimously voted back in to serve as press secretary for 12 months.
Mr Pascoe, who retains the role of press officer for UKIP in the North-East, will also carry out the role of assistant secretary.
Meanwhile, Phil Fenn has been confirmed as branch secretary.
The first branch meeting under the new committee will take place at the Woodcutter pub, on Thursday, September 6, at 7.30pm.
Members of the public are welcome to attend and ask questions.
For more information about UKIP Hartlepool call either Phil Fenn on (01429) 704310 or Dave Pascoe on (01429) 223754 or alternatively email: firstname.lastname@example.org