'The Hartlepool Mail can hold me to account' says Labour by-election candidate ahead of polling day
The Labour party’s candidate in the Hartlepool by-election says he knows he needs to ‘earn people’s vote’ and build trust across the town as he visited Liberty Steel.
Dr Paul Williams says he is ‘feeling positive’ with less a week to go until polling stations open on the morning of Thursday, May 6.
Dr Williams was joined today – Saturday, May 1 – by Labour party leader Sir Keir Starmer and deputy leader Angela Rayner on a visit to Liberty Steel, in Brenda Road, where 250 jobs are at risk due to financial problems faced by the company's main backer.
The resignation of Mike Hill in March triggered the by-election in town, which will happen on the same day as local council elections in England.
Dr Williams says he knows Labour ‘needs to earn people’s votes and not take them for granted’ as spoke of speaking with voters and campaigning in town.
He said: “I’ve bought the leader of the Labour party and the deputy leader of the party here to Liberty Steel because we take jobs of people in Hartlepool exceptionally seriously and we want to show that we’ve got a plan to save the jobs at Liberty Steel.
"There’s huge difference between Labour and the Tories this year and I feel the Conservatives have let Hartlepool down but I’ve got a plan to bring health services back to our town, police services back on the streets and more jobs.”
Labour leader Sir Keir visited the town for a third time alongside Dr Williams, and said the doctor is the right man to give Hartlepool a ‘powerful voice’ going forward.
Dr Williams told the Mail that he ‘wants to be held to account’ for the delivery of his plan.
He added “The Hartlepool Mail can hold me to account for delivery of this plan and I will do an annual report so people can see how I’m delivering that plan.
"These are the issues that people in Hartlepool care about and I will be open, transparent and accountable to show I can make a real difference Hartlepool and the people of this town.”