Unsure who to vote for? Your guide to the 48 Hartlepool Borough Council candidates standing for election

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Voters go to the polls on Thursday to determine how Hartlepool Borough Council will be governed.

Forty-eight candidates are contesting 12 seats – one in each council ward – with polling stations closing at 10pm tonight.

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Labour, however, are the party with the most councillors, 17, which is two short of the 19 needed to form a majority.

Gino the cockapoo waiting eagerly to vote outside Hartlepool United Supporters' Club at a previous election.Gino the cockapoo waiting eagerly to vote outside Hartlepool United Supporters' Club at a previous election.
Gino the cockapoo waiting eagerly to vote outside Hartlepool United Supporters' Club at a previous election.

With two of Labour’s current seats being contested on Thursday, the party need to win four of the 12 seats available if they are to take overall control.

Follow the links below to find out who is standing in your ward and why they think you should vote for them.

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Every candidate was given the opportunity by the Mail to have their say.

Some have declined and others did not send us a photo of themselves.

For details of your Burn Valley candidates, click here.

For details of your De Bruce candidates, click here.

For details of your Fens and Greatham candidates, click here.

For details of your Foggy Furze candidates, click here.

For details of your Hart candidates, click here.

For details of your Headland and Harbour candidates, click here.

For details of your Manor House candidates, click here.

For details of your Rossmere candidates, click here.

For details of your Rural West candidates, click here.

For details of your Seaton candidates, click here.

For details of your Throston candidates, click here.

For details of your Victoria candidates, click here.