ELECTION RESULTS: Conservative Jill Mortimer takes Hartlepool in a historic result
Jill Mortimer takes Hartlepool in the by election to become the first Conservative, and the first woman, to become an MP for the constituency.
Though Labour have held on to many of the seats in the region following the local elections, there have been some pretty significant red losses across the North East. The biggest shock was in Hartlepool, where a conservative MP was elected for the first time since the constituency was established. Jill Mortimer came away with over 15,000 of the votes with Labour trailing behind with 8,589. She is also the first woman to hold the position, hailing the result as truly historic.
Steve Reed, shadow secretary for communities and local government has described the defeat as “absolutely shattering”.
We've been out in Hartlepool to get your reaction to the election of Jill Mortimer.
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