Watch: Slideshow of pictures from Hartlepool's General Election count

The General Election is over and the people of Hartlepool have spoken emphatically.

Despite talk of the Conservatives regaining a seat they last held in 1964, Labour maintained its political grip on the town with new MP Mike Hill succeeding Iain Wright with an increased

New Hartlepool MP Mike Hill is congratulated after his victory.

New Hartlepool MP Mike Hill is congratulated after his victory.

majority of 7,650.

Our photographer was at the count at the Mill House Leisure Centre to capture all the emotion as the four candidates waited to learn their fate.

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