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Hartlepool Liberal Democrats Promise to

"Put Residents First"

The full manifesto prioritises six key policy themes. These are to:

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.

You can download the full manifesto here.

The last local elections in Hartlepool saw a Labour majority but they had no manifesto, no plan or strategy detailing how they would improve the lives of local people.

Andy Hagon commented:

"The message from local residents is change - a change from the way Labour has run Hartlepool.

People are sick and tired of paying for expensive vanity projects and listening to pie in the sky visions of what Hartlepool will be in a few years time. New leadership is required. We need to have the best crop of local talent in the most important Councillor jobs, the ones that dictate our future prosperity and well-being.

Sadly, we have had years of Labour mismanagement which has resulted in haemorrhaging money with nothing to show for it - unless you count high unemployment, high crime and a decimated health system as positives.

Our Manifesto will bring positive change to the residents of Hartlepool."