Hartlepool Tory leader praises 'fantastic campaign' after party's success in elections
The Hartlepool Conservatives group leader has praised the "fantastic" showing for the party in town elections over recent days.
Following on from Jill Mortimer's win in the Parliamentary by-election and Ben Houchen being re-elected as Tees Valley Mayor, the Conservatives also won all 13 seats they stood candidates in at the local elections.
Cllr Mike Young, group leader for Hartlepool Conservatives, praised the efforts by the party nationally and locally.
He added he will be speaking with both Mayor Houchen and Mrs Mortimer in the coming days over plans for Hartlepool.
He said: "We've run a fantastic campaign supported by the Conservative campaign headquarters, who ran a fantastic national campaign and a campaign for Ben Houchen.
"He has done a phenomenal job for the Tees Valley, and will continue to do a phenomenal job.
"The work is still ongoing, there's a lot more that we want to do, and now that he's got more strength in places like Hartlepool with a 13 strong set of councillors, we're looking to back him 110%.
Cllr Young said the party has been boosted in Hartlepool by Chancellor Rishi Sunak's budget and four visits from Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
He added: "Other parties sadly have been on the attack and have tried to talk down places like Hartlepool for far too long.
"Hopefully this is a turning point, this is a time where people say no more, we're going to trust the Conservatives to do something different.
"We've got that unity of power now, let's use it to the right advantage and the right purpose."