New councillors voted in

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PROUD new councillors have vowed to work hard for the people that voted them in.

Security officer Paul Beck will serve the Hart Ward for the next three years after picking up 571 votes yesterday.

The 62-year-old, from Macaulay Road, in Hartlepool, said he was “delighted” with his new role and vowed to be a “hands-on” councillor.

He told the Mail: “I have had a lot of support from the Labour Group and some fantastic mentors.

“I will be a hands-on councillor and will be active in tackling issues such as dog fouling, anti-social behaviour and hopefully getting more funds to get into safe play areas and off the streets.

“I have my concerns with what is happening in the town and I will push for changes.”

Labour councillor Jim Ainslie, 65, was voted in to the Headland and Harbour ward with 763 votes and he spoke of his “pride” at being elected.

Coun Ainslie, a retired sales manager, said: “I just felt that I had something to offer.

“I would like to see the Headland and Harbour ward prosper and I feel that working with the council officers we can make a real difference.”

Prominent hospital campaigner Keith Fisher was also voted in as an independent councillor for the Hart ward with 532 votes.

He was not present at last nights count but vowed during his campaign to offer “genuinely independent representation which is free from any diluting or diverting pressures from any political party whatsoever”.

Keith Dawkins, of Putting Hartlepool First, was the fourth new councillor to be elected.

Coun Dawkins secured 687 votes in the Jesmond ward and will serve as a councillor for the next three years.

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