Hartlepool Liberal Democrat by-election candidate says he will stand up for the unemployed and young
The Liberal Democrats have announced their candidate for the Hartlepool Parliamentary by-election.
Andy Hagon, who previously stood for the Lib Dems in the 2017 and 2019 general elections, says if elected he will stand up for the unemployed.
As a school teacher, he says he is passionate about helping young people and wants a fairer, greener more caring community.
Mr Hagon, who grew up on Owton Manor estate, said: “I was born and raised in Hartlepool
"My family and best mates live here. I’ve worked, volunteered in and been unemployed here in Hartlepool.
"I truly understand the frustration of all Hartlepudlians who want more change and opportunities in their local community.
"I have decided to stand for a third time so that people have another choice beyond Labour and the Conservatives.”
A by-election to decide Hartlepool’s new MP will take place on Thursday, May 6.
It has been called following the sudden resignation of Labour MP Mike Hill after almost four years last month.
Mr Hagon added: “There should never be one in three Hartlepool children living in poverty in one of the richest countries in the world, we need a more caring country.
“If elected, I pledge to stand up for local people. In particular, for those who have been unemployed for far too long and desperate for work, and for those who are sick of travelling too far for jobs.
"Our voices matter, and I want to make them heard and get things done.’’
He was adopted unanimously by the local Liberal Democrats in Hartlepool.
Councillor Amanda Hopgood, chair of North East Liberal Democrats, said: “It is important for the people of Hartlepool that they have the chance to vote for real change.
"Andy Hagon as your Liberal Democrat MP is the local choice. He would bring the local knowledge and passion for the area that its residents demand.”
Hartlepool has been a Labour seat since 1964, though its majority was more than halved to 3,595 in the last General Election in December 2019.
The final list of candidates is expected to be revealed no later than April 9.