Nigel Farage set to hit the campaign trail during return to Hartlepool

The Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage will be hitting the campaign trail in Hartlepool this weekend.

Friday, 22nd November 2019, 6:00 am
Updated Friday, 22nd November 2019, 10:18 am

Mr Farage and the party’s chairman and candidate for Hartlepool Richard Tice will be touring the town on a Brexit Party bus on Saturday, November 23.

They will get off and speak to voters at numerous stops around the town.

It will be the second time in less than a month that Mr Farage will have visited the town.

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Nigel Farage on the Headland in Hartlepool on Monday, November 11. Picture by Frank Reid.

Less than two weeks ago he announced a major change to their general election strategy by revealing the party would not put up candidates in seats won by the Conservatives in the 2017 General Election to avoid the chances of splitting the pro leave vote.

At the press conference at the Grand Hotel, Mr Farage backed Mr Tice saying: “We kicked off the idea of investment in the regions and now everybody is talking about it. Investment in the regions doesn't have to just come from the public sector it can come from the private sector.

"[Richard] Tice is the kind of guy who over the last 20 years has led huge consortiums and investments and without making any false promises he is perhaps the kind of guy who can bring that investment to the area."

Hartlepool is one of the Brexit Party’s top targets in the country and businessman Mr Tice is their highest profile figure after Mr Farage.

Also standing for election in Hartlepool are Joe Bousfield (Independent), Kevin Cranney (Socialist Labour Party), Mike Hill (Labour), Stefan Richard Houghton (Conservative) and Andy Hagon (Lib Dem).