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Thank you for visiting the Hartlepool Lib Dems website!

We know that over the last few years our town has been badly let down by the Labour run Council. 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.

Crucial NHS services have disappeared, while Labour have lavished millions on vanity projects such as the Inspirations Cafe, Jackson's Landing and the ill conceived transport interchange, not to mention the million plus pounds spent and wasted on a Town Plan. And we still see high crime rates, unacceptable levels of child poverty, closed businesses, litter strew across the Wards and poor road surfaces too.

And what about the 31% rise in allowances? Did you know that Labour Councillors (including Victoria Ward Labour Councillors) gave the Akers-Belcher household almost a £10,000 a year increase. Not bad for part-time hours. You will need to decide if the Labour Council Leadership is worth it.

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

1. Spending your money wisely, protecting frontline services

2. Create and deliver a robust and forward thinking Town Plan

3. Local communities come first

4. Support Jobs and Apprenticeships

5. Invest in young people, and tackle child poverty

6. Inspiring, Accountable and Transparent Leadership

These are the key messages you'll find in our manifesto and we're determined to deliver them if elected. To find out more about your local Lib Dems visit and download a copy of our Hartlepool local Manifesto from the Menu above.

If you want a Council focused on your community, that listens and delivers on local priorities, vote for the Liberal Democrats in the May 2018 local elections.

Very best wishes

Andy Hagon

Local Politics

  • 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.

  • Article: May 20, 2017
  • Article: May 15, 2017

    Lib Dems respond to

    Today Patrick O'Flynn, UKIP's Spokesperson on the Economy, said: "we could I think be forgiven for finding it galling that the ever-pragmatic Tory party has lately donned so many of our clothes"

    This statement comes as a poll finds that people think the Conservatives are more right-wing than UKIP.

  • Article: May 15, 2017

    Young people's wishes have been swept under the rug since the EU referendum when 75% voted to remain. At a time of monumental political change, many feel hurt, ignored and powerless. The Liberal Democrats will not allow young people's pro-European aspirations to go unnoticed. Their priorities must be our priorities. This General Election is a chance to change the direction of our country. Register to vote now and have your say.

  • Article: May 14, 2017

    The Conservatives tried to ban workers from striking and were blocked by the Liberal Democrats in government. It's clear they aren't the party of workers' rights and that you can't trust them to care about you and your family. Theresa May knows the bad Brexit deal she is pursuing will harm workers' living standards and jobs for many years to come, but she doesn't care. The Liberal Democrats are the only party that can challenge Theresa May and stand up for you.

  • Article: May 14, 2017

    These measures include cash incentives for new STEM graduates who join up, and a new "careers for heroes" scheme to pay for the full cost of further and higher education for Armed Forces personnel who have served for twelve or more years. These ambitious policies have been announced on the same day that the Liberal Democrats have committed to the NATO target of 2% defence spending. Liberal Democrats believe in a strong, credible UK Armed Forces which is properly equipped and trained for the challenges and threats we face in the 21st century.

  • Article: May 12, 2017

    UKIP are standing aside because May has adopted their agenda

    UKIP are standing in just 377 seats out of 650, down from 624 in 2015. UKIP are standing aside for the Conservatives because they know Theresa May has adopted their divisive agenda wholesale. As Nigel Farage has said, Theresa May is now using the exact words and phrases he has been using for the last 20 years. The scene has been set for a Conservative landslide that would be bad for people's jobs, our schools and the NHS. But it's not too late to ensure a strong opposition and a better future for this country. The Liberal Democrats are the only party can challenge Theresa May, fight to protect our schools and hospitals and stand up against a bad Brexit deal.

  • Article: May 12, 2017

    As one of their final acts in government, Liberal Democrats successfully made it a legal requirement for the UK government to adhere to the 0.7% pledge. This has prevented Conservative party and UKIP critics from stopping these vital funds getting to those who most need them.
    Today, Liberal Democrats have vowed to protect that legacy and ensure that the UK continues to alleviate poverty across the world, helping to build a more secure and stable international community. Liberal Democrats are fierce internationalists, and proud of Britain's record as a world leader in providing help and support to some of the poorest, most vulnerable people in the world. UK aid prevents suffering. It allows girls to stay in school, stops babies from dying of preventable illnesses, and ensures that farmers can sell their crops at a fair price. A healthier, safer and more stable world is the best interest of British families as well. That's why Liberal Democrats are today vowing to fight for Britain's legacy and protect the 0.7% target. Our country's role as a caring and active player on the global stage is under threat from the far-right, with UKIP and the Conservatives attempting to reduce funding and turn Britain's back to our international commitments. But the British people don't have to settle for Theresa May's cold, mean-spirited Britain.

  • Article: May 10, 2017

    This Conservative government has slashed funding on defence, cut our Royal Marines and left our troops on the front line without basic equipment. Billions has been spent on big ticket items that we may not even have enough troops to use. Of course adequate spending on defence is welcome and necessary, but this is a piece of last-minute chicanery to cover up the Conservative's dismal record. No wonder Britain's top generals have accused the Tories of trying to deceive the public over defence cuts. It shows why Britain needs a strong opposition to hold the Conservatives to account.