Brexit Party Leader Nigel Farage and chairman Richard Tice visit Hartlepool for 'walkabout' ahead of December's General Election
The Brexit Party’s leader and chairman have brought their campaign to Hartlepool with less than three weeks to go until next month’s General Election.
Trailed by a scrum of media, the men met with voters, visited local businesses and even found time for a brew during a stop at Middleton Grange Indoor Market.
Charlie Masey, 70, told the Mail that he would be voting for the Brexit Party – and told the candidate that the town was “ripe for the taking”.
The pensioner added that Mr Tice would be the “breath of fresh air” that Hartlepool needs.
Mr Masey said: “[Tice] stands for the Brexit I voted for, which is a clean break.
“My reasons for voting Brexit were nothing to do with immigration, it was the vast amounts of money we were giving to unelected bureaucrats.”
The campaign trail then took the men to the King Johns Tavern, where they carried out more interviews, before they took to the streets to meet the community.
Mr Farage last visited Hartlepool on Armistice Day, when he held at press conference at the town's Grand Hotel.
During it, he revealed his party’s focus for the forthcoming election would be to contest Labour-held seats – calling for “seismic change” in the party’s stronghold constituencies.
He hailed the town as one of his party’s key targets in next month’s election, which is now less than three weeks away.
Hartlepool voted to Leave by 69.6% in 2016’s EU Referendum.
Following Saturday’s visit, Mr Farage will visit Easington on Sunday, November 24 with the Brexit Party bus.
As in Hartlepool, it will make a number of stops in and around Easington where the Brexit Party leader and its candidate for the constituency, Julie Maughan, will speak to residents.
The Labour Party's Grahame Morris has been the constituency’s MP since 2010.