“I was a teacher for 34 years, so I understand that everyone needs a strong start to get on in life.
"Free school meals for every child would mean we didn’t have hungry, distracted kids falling behind and disrupting classes (and it’d give busy parents one less thing to worry about in the morning).
"Poolies are hard workers, and they deserve proper pay. I’ll fight for a living wage that we can all actually live on.
"But to do the job we have to get to work. Hartlepool’s local transport needs sorting out. We have the power to take control of bus routes and schedules back from Stagecoach, so I’ll make sure that happens.
" And I’ll demand action from Westminster on the shocking state of our trains.
“But we’re not all in work. Hartlepool has the worst unemployment rate in the country.
"A Green Industrial Rebirth can get us building and growing again. We can live in good homes built by local people, fit to be passed down.
"Our agricultural industry can feed us fresh, affordable food that gives local farmers a decent living. And together we can keep Hartlepool’s wealth in Hartlepool with these good local jobs.
“With your support on the 6th of May, we can do for ourselves what Westminster won’t."