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Our new Hartlepool Manifesto for 2017-18 - Let's make Hartlepool better

It is a great honour and privilege to present our Local Manifesto to the people of Hartlepool. Our town is a great place to live and work and it is with great pleasure that we outline our plans to make Hartlepool better. We know that over the last few years our town has been badly let down by the Labour run Council.  

Through our 'Hartlepool 2017' consultation, we asked residents how they thought the council was doing and what their priorities should be. The response was clear. Residents feel that the council has become remote and out-of- touch, and increasingly feel neglected and ignored. Crucial NHS services have disappeared, while Labour have lavished millions on vanity projects such as the Inspirations Cafe , which has cost the tax payer hundreds of thousands of pounds, the £1.5 million purchase and demolition of Jackson's Landing and the ill conceived transport interchange, not to mention the million plus pounds spent and wasted on a non existent Town Plan.  

Liberal Democrat campaigners have voiced their concerns. But again and again, Labour have ignored local people. Over the last few years, Labour have put their priorities above those of ordinary residents and acted as if Hartlepool was a council with a town rather than a town with a council.  

We are determined to change this. Liberal Democrats will put residents first. Our Hartlepool 2017 consultation showed us that we should focus on 6 key priorities:

  • Spending your money wisely, protecting frontline services 
  • Create a robust and forward thinking Town Plan  
  • Local communities come first  
  • Support Jobs and Apprenticeships  
  • Invest in young people, and tackle child poverty 
  • Inspiring, Accountable and Transparent Leadership

These are the key messages you will find in this manifesto and we are determined to deliver them if elected. Our candidates will bring a range of skills and experience, from small business owners, to teachers, to working mums.

If you want a Council focused on your community, that listens and delivers on local priorities, vote Liberal Democrat in June 2017 at the General Election, and in May 2018 in the local elections.

Andy Hagon
Hartlepool Lib Dems 

What is our Mission?

Our aim is to build a Hartlepool that gives people the tools and freedom to be successful, and to live the lives they want. We also want a town that supports and protects individuals, particularly the young and vulnerable. We believe in opportunity, self-reliance and a healthy respect for communities to help create a culturally vibrant and prosperous town. We have, therefore, put forward a progressive platform where individuals in communities are the drivers for change, and people are at the heart of the decision making process.

The Hartlepool Liberal Democrats will:

1. Spend your money wisely, protecting frontline services - we will keep a firm grip on the finances. There will be no vanity projects, wooly contracts, nepotism, no waste or duplication, just sensible long- term investment.

2. Create a robust and forward thinking Town Plan - without a plan, decisions become ad hoc and ill informed. We commit to an evidence based Town Plan, fully consulted upon, and acted upon through inspirational and impactful leadership.

3. Ensure Communities come First - Support you wherever you live in Hartlepool, whether you have a Lib Dem Councillor in your ward or not. We will give a fair slice of spending to every community in the town. We'll ask you what you think about the future of our great town, and we'll listen to the answers. We will pick up on issues that matter to local people and try to shape solutions that match your needs.

4. Secure long-term employment opportunities and apprenticeships - we will work with both local and national business, government agencies, the Tees Valley and other interested parties to bring well paid jobs and apprenticeships to the town.

5. Invest in our young people, while tackling child poverty - putting first the needs of the youngest in our town by supporting our schools to deliver outstanding education, while tackling child poverty, and supporting other vulnerable groups.

6. Hartlepool demands the highest quality leadership, which is accountable and transparent - Electing Councillors who have the right skill set to get the very best job done for the people of Hartlepool.

We believe that we offer an alternative to the local Labour Party, who waste what limited financial resources we have, and to the Right, which either abstains or colludes with the current Council leadership. We don't believe in the "cutting culture" of the Conservatives, but do understand the need to live within our means. Therefore, a transparent, accountable and competent approach is what is needed to secure the town's social and economic future, and only the Liberal Democrats can deliver that.

So, join us in the fight. And let's make Hartlepool better.

Hartlepool Politics

  • Article: Sep 13, 2017

    On the Hartlepool Post Kev Plumb notes - Councillor Christopher Akers-Belcher, the Leader of Hartlepool Council, welcomed the move (to remove the cap).
    He said: "Public sector workers are long overdue a pay rise and the pay cap should be lifted across all public sector workers.
    "The success of the council is dependent on our staff and they should be rewarded such with a rise to bring them in line with other sectors.
    "However, it's important that the Government provides the public sector with the appropriate additional funding to pay for any pay rises, otherwise it would only jeopardise services and jobs further."

  • Article: Sep 12, 2017

    If only the Labour run Council had its house in order, we wouldn't need to be taking more money from already cash strapped budgets. The Leadership have let us down, especially some of the most vulnerable in the town who will suffer most. But that's what happens when you lavish money on vanity projects and not on basic services. The town needs a new Leader. The time has come.

  • Article: Sep 5, 2017

    Evidently, Councillor Christopher Akers-Belcher has bought himself a new (2017 registered) BMW with personailsed number plate. Now there's a good example of solidarity with the people of Hartlepool. And it will be our taxes that pay for part of it, through the whopping 31% increase (and not far short of £10K allegedly) the Akers-Belcher household got courtesy of their Labour Councillors voting in favour of it. Now let's just think about it - 31% increase for the Council Leader, and 31% of our children living in poverty..................just doesn't add up.

  • Article: Sep 4, 2017

    There's a leaflet doing the rounds which tries to highlight how successful the Labour run Council has been. It actually does the opposite. Any one who bothers to read it will be able to see through the numbers. What we want to know is how they are bringing down the disgraceful unemployment rate, or tackling the lack of progress many of our children are making at school, or the totally unacceptable child poverty in the town. But that wouldn't be possible because it's not happening. If you want to take the credit, you must also take the blame.

  • Article: Jun 6, 2017

    There has been a pact of silence on Brexit between Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn. It is one of the most cynical acts of political collusion between the two larger parties in a generation. Strip away the contrast in tone and the differences in language and a striking reality emerges: both the Conservative and Labour positions on Brexit are now more or less identical. Pull Britain out of the Customs Union and the Single Market. Abruptly bring an end to freedom of movement. Deny the people any chance to decide on the final deal. They are in total agreement.

    With average earnings growth failing to keep up with prices, consumers are already beginning to feel the Brexit squeeze. Price rises have hit energy bills, petrol, and clothes. It's enough to make anyone need a fortifying glass of wine - but last week it was reported that the average price of a bottle of wine has hit its highest price ever.

    No deal would, according to the Treasury, mean a loss of £45bn a year. To put this in perspective, £45bn is more money than the entire schools budget for England. To plug a gap like that in the public finances you would either need to raise the basic rate of income tax by 10 pence in the pound, or to make cuts to public services and the salaries of those who work for them on an unimaginable scale. This is what Theresa May means when she casually threatens to walk away from the negotiating table. No deal isn't a cuddly alternative to a poor deal. It's far worse. It's a disaster for Britain."

    The Treasury figures are an indictment of the central objective of Theresa May's negotiating strategy - to walk away from Margaret Thatcher's Single Market. This decision alone carries a long-term price tag of £16bn a year. For that money, you could give every hospital in the UK a £12m cash injection, or provide the average school with an extra half a million pounds.

  • Article: Jun 1, 2017

    Theresa May stated in a speech last year that "Remaining inside the European Union does make us more secure, it does make us more prosperous and it does make us more influential beyond our shores" (25 April 2016, link)

  • Article: May 31, 2017

    LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May could lose control of parliament in Britain's June 8 election, according to a projection by polling company YouGov, raising the prospect of political deadlock just as formal Brexit talks begin.

    In stark contrast to opinion polls that have until the past week shown May on course for a big win in the snap election she called, the YouGov model suggested May would lose 20 seats and her 17-seat working majority in the 650-seat British parliament.

  • Article: May 28, 2017

    The refusal of the Conservatives to tell us what the cap on social care costs will be shows they are holding the public in contempt. Theresa May must stop flip-flopping and do what her party had committed to, implement a £72,000 cap on care. Conservative plans for a dementia tax are cruel and not properly thought through. It shows Theresa May is taking people for granted. The Liberal Democrats will keep campaigning to scrap the Dementia Tax and ensure no-one has to face catastrophic costs to pay for their care. People who want to support us should back our campaign at dementiatax.org.uk.

  • Article: May 22, 2017

    Over 50 of Britain's leading business figures and entrepreneurs - including the founder of Ebookers, Dinesh Dhamija, co-founder of Innocent Drinks Richard Reed and businesswoman Nicola Horlick - have backed the Liberal Democrats today as the only UK party campaigning to stay in single market. In a letter to The Times, the business figures write that leaving the single market would be "destructive to the British economy," and that the Liberal Democrats are "the only party speaking for business and the majority of Britons on the key issue at this election."

  • Article: May 20, 2017

    Nick Clegg, former Liberal Democrat Deputy Prime Minister and architect of the free school meals programme, has reacted angrily to a report showing that 900,000 poor children will by hit Conservative plans on free school meals. Theresa May was dubbed the "lunch snatcher" by Liberal Democrats in the wake of the Conservative manifesto launch.