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Hartlepool Manifesto 2019Liberal Democrat Hartlepool Manifesto

Dear Friend

It is a great honour and privilege to present our new 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 even better.

We know that over the last few decades our town has been badly let down by the Labour run Council. Poor leadership and little accountability have meant rising unemployment and poverty levels, millions wasted on vanity projects and the stripping of our beloved health services.

Through our 'Hartlepool 2017-18' consultation, we asked residents how they thought the council was doing and what their priorities should be. The response was clear.

Residents thought that Labour had 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. Residents felt 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 Town Plan.

And what about the 31% rise in allowances? Did you know that Labour Councillors gave the Akers-Belcher household almost a £10,000 increase over the last few years. Not bad for part-time hours. You will need to decide if the Council Leadership is worth it. Clearly some Labour Councillors feel Christopher Akers-Belcher must resign but they couldn't remove him - so it's up to the people of Hartlepool to do that.

And we want change too. The Liberal Democrats will put residents first. Our Hartlepool 2017-18 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.

If you would like a copy of our Manifesto then please click here to download one.