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Who is it you are voting for? - letter to the Mail

March 19, 2019 1:59 PM
By Andy Hagon

It's been interesting over the last few months to watch the Hartlepool Labour Party at war with itself. One section of the Labour Party believes in the vision and leadership of the current Council Leader. Many backed him in the recent leadership 'challenge' to ensure his reign continued, uninterrupted, and so still responsible for millions of pounds of our hard earned cash. (Although the challenge was not called a 'challenge', but rather 'an alternative solution to where we are'). Other Labour Party members, however, clearly don't have faith in his leadership skills.

Since this Leadership 'challenge' in December, we have had another 'alternative solution ' from another part of the Labour Party, called the Preston Model, which has not gone down well with the Labour Leadership either. They have called this new plan 'flawed', lacking 'accuracy' and not 'robust' enough - in fact, they said this Model was based on 'fantasy' and not 'facts'. The Labour Leadership were also concerned that this part of the Labour Party had not first come and talked to them about this alternative plan, before unveiling it to the world. So, there seems to be a lack of communication between members of the Hartlepool Labour Party at the moment.

In response, the Labour Leadership has been called 'ignorant and arrogant', and so it seems that all is not well within the Hartlepool Labour Party. And it's worth bearing this in mind as the local elections approach in May, because you might be asking yourself, which version of Hartlepool Labour am I actually voting for? A Political Party that is divided cannot govern effectively, and we see evidence of this on an almost daily basis. So think carefully about which candidate you vote for in May, because there will always be a real 'alternative solution'. 21 March 2019