What you had to say about the by-election result as Hartlepool has new MP

Hartlepool's by-election result got a mixed reception on the streets of the town.

Friday, 7th May 2021, 1:00 pm
here's what you had to say abut the by-election result.

Dawn Sorovic, 41, who runs Kosa hairdressers, was delighted and had a special promise for the victorious party leader: "I am very happy about it. I think the town has been very neglected and we are more than ready for change," she said.

"I think the people of Hartlepool want to see some improvement. We are going to give Boris a free haircut next time he is in town."

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Fifty-two-year-old Joanne Thomas, who runs Pagan and McQuade Opticians, admitted to being a big Boris Johnson fan.

"I am shocked," she said.

"If you cut this town down the middle it bled Labour for ever. It was a shock result but personally, I went 'Yeah' because Hartlepool has been mentioned on the telly God knows how many times."

Joanne Thomas

Freelance photographer Carl Gorse, 41, said: "I think it is a good result for the town - we need somebody fresh.

"Ben Houchen has got quite a lot done. I just wish they would do something. We have got our railport there. Years ago stuff used to go into it but now nothing happens.

"It could be a good opportunity for the town."

Husband and wife Pat and Ken Turnbull aren't happy with the result.

Freelance photographer Carl Gorse

"I was born into the Labour Party," said Pat, 74. "My grandmother was a Labour councillor and she used to take me to meetings."

She thinks Brexit is still having an effect: "I did not vote because I did not know what it would mean," she said.

"Now I know, I would not have voted to come out. I would have stayed."

Ken, 73, has no time for the Tory leader: "I don't like Boris Johnson," he said.

Husband and wife Pat and Ken Turnbull

"I think he is a fool. I see the man on the telly and I have to switch off. You see these G7 meetings and all the Presidents and Prime Ministers look so smart and he is there with his shirt hanging out.

"What an ambassador for our country."

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