Watch: Slideshow of pictures from Hartlepool's General Election count

The General Election is over and the people of Hartlepool have spoken emphatically.

Friday, 9th June 2017, 9:19 am
Updated Tuesday, 13th June 2017, 2:36 pm
New Hartlepool MP Mike Hill is congratulated after his victory.

Despite talk of the Conservatives regaining a seat they last held in 1964, Labour maintained its political grip on the town with new MP Mike Hill succeeding Iain Wright with an increased

majority of 7,650.

New Hartlepool MP Mike Hill is congratulated after his victory.

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Our photographer was at the count at the Mill House Leisure Centre to capture all the emotion as the four candidates waited to learn their fate.

New Hartlepool MP Mike Hill is congratulated after his victory.