THREE more seats have been added to Labour’s grip on power after gains in today’s election count.
The party has held on to six seats in addition to the new positions, giving it 22 of the 33 councillor positions on Hartlepool Borough Council.
One gain made was in the Fens and Rossmere Ward, where Jim Lindridge was elected and Putting Hartlepool First were voted out.
Geoff Lilley had decided to stand down as a Putting Hartlepool First councillor, with Michelle Thomas-McIntyre failing to sustain the party’s post.
Labour also added Sandra Belcher to its members after gaining in the Jesmond Ward and has also taken the Victoria Ward, with Trisha Lawton elected after Pamela Hargreaves decided to step down as an independent.
Christopher Akers-Belcher, leader of the Labour group, said: “The people of Hartlepool have spoken and given us a mandate to govern as a Labour group and that’s exactly what were are going to do and drive forward with are work in the town.”
The election for the 11 seats - a third of those on the council - saw a 56.59 per cent turnout, with 39,585 verified votes counted our of a total electorate of 69,947.
A full rundown of results will follow.