Conservatives lead Labour by 17 points in Hartlepool by-election as Boris set to add another blue brick to red wall

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THE Tories are leading Labour by 17 points in Hartlepool by-election, a new poll has revealed.

Boris Johnson is set to add another blue brick to the Labour heartlands northern red well.

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Boris Johnson campaigning in Hartlepool yesterday as he hopes to win over voters[/caption]

Conservatives lead Labour by 17 points in Hartlepool:

  • Jill Mortimer, Conservative Party – 50%
  • Paul Williams, Labour Party – 33%
  • Thelma Walker, Independent – 6%
  • Sam Lee, Independent – 6%
  • Rachel Featherstone, Green Party – 3%
  • Andrew Hagon, Liberal Democrats – 1%
  • John Prescott, Reform UK – 1%
  • Hilton Dawson, North East Party – 0%
  • Other – 1%

A poll for Good Morning Britain ahead of Thursday’s by-election found the Conservatives have moved ahead, in what has traditionally been a crucial Labour stronghold.

At the weekend we told how the foreign secretary admitted “anything is possible” in the upcoming results.

Lisa Nandy let slip it would be “difficult” for Sir Keir Starmer to make inroads.

Asked if Labour could lose the by-election in Hartlepool, which the Tories have never won, and the West Midlands and Tees ­Valley mayoral races, she replied: “We’re going to go out and fight for every single vote.

“We’re not going to take anybody for granted. We always expected these elections would be difficult for us.”

Thousands of council seats are up for grabs in the by-election, where voters will also elect a handful of regional mayors, and Members of the Scottish and Welsh Parliaments.

Yesterday The Sun joined the PM on the campaign trail as he tries to make history and deliver a knock out blow to Labour in the port town on the North East coast.

The seat has been rock solid Labour since it was created a whopping 50 years ago, but this time the Tories are the bookies favourites.

Springing a surprise Bank Holiday visit on the town, Boris launched a charm offensive by promising a triple whammy of “jobs, jabs and cops”.

Speaking on a windswept beach he declared: “We think it’s time for a change in Hartlepool”.

He added: “It’s time for Hartlepool to seize the opportunities that this new world is bringing, and help Hartlepool go forward with the freeport, investment in our hospitals, putting more police out in the street, and the fastest vaccine rollout in Europe.” 

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