Hartlepool Borough Council
Counting complete. After 36 of 36 seats declared.
- Councillors elected in 2021 total 13
- Councillors elected in 2021 change +10
- Councillors overall total 13
- Councillors elected in 2021 total 12
- Councillors elected in 2021 change -2
- Councillors overall total 12
- Councillors elected in 2021 total 11
- Councillors elected in 2021 change -3
- Councillors overall total 11
UK Independence Party
- Councillors elected in 2021 total 0
- Councillors elected in 2021 change -5
- Councillors overall total 0
BBC Tees political correspondent
This time last year we were waking up to the news that Conservatives had won the Hartlepool by-election, their first MP in the town since the 1960s, with Hartlepool making national headlines.
Today it's rather less dramatic as the local authority remains in no overall control.
The Conservatives though have strengthened their place with 15 of the council's 36 seats, while Labour went in to the election with 11 seats and came out with 11.
My colleague Lee Johnson was at the count and he is reporting that the Conservative-independent coalition that runs the local authority will continue to do so.Copyright: Getty Images
We had the strange sight of Conservative candidates effectively pleading with voters not to punish them for the shenanigans going on in Downing Street and it seems like their pleas have been heard.
One of the senses from last year's by-election campaign was that much of the stuff making national headlines - back then it was rows over Downing Street redecorations rather than parties - wasn't having a big impact with voters in the town.
The fact the Conservatives have held seats and gained seats suggests that's still true.
Labour went in to the election defending seven of the 13 seats being contested so it was always unlikely they would make significant gains. But, given the drubbing they got in the by-election last year, stability may be seen as a decent result.
The leader of Hartlepool Council said he hopes to stay on in the role for at least another year although his wife may have other ideas.
No one party won an overall majority on the council after 13 of its 36 seats were contested, and the BBC understands a Conservative and independent coalition will continue to control it.Copyright: Hartlepool Council
Independent council leader Shane Moore, who retained his Headland and Harbour seat, said he hopes to stay on in the top job for at least another year when the council holds its annual general meeting later in May.
"Going past that I'll need to speak to my wife because she may have some other ideas," he told BBC Radio Tees.
BBC Radio Tees
The Conservatives are "absolutely elated" at gaining two seats on Hartlepool Council giving them 15 of the authority's 36 members.
The BBC understands the Conservatives and independents will continue to run the council in coalition after no one party won an overall majority of at least 19 seats.Copyright: BBC
But Ray Martin Wells, the Conservative President in Hartlepool, said he was "absolutely elated" and their 15 seats made them "by far the largest party on Hartlepool council".
Labour group leader Brenda Harrison said the party is improving in the town.
She said: "We've had a very rocky few years but the Labour group that is now is a very different group. We are working very much together."
Hartlepool's health boss says people should remain cautious despite the lifting of restrictions as the town reaches its highest-ever Covid infection rates.
The borough saw 1,061 cases per 100,000 people in the seven days to 14 July - the previous week the rate was 810.Copyright: Getty Images
Public health director Craig Blundred said: "I think if we open up and just take away every precaution the figures will get higher.
"So my advice is to remain cautious, think about who you are mixing with, whether it's in large groups and if you're in an enclosed space with lots of people then continue to wear a face mask and also on public transport."
By Duncan Leatherdale
An open-top bus tour is being planned to mark Hartlepool United's return to the Football League.
The 90-minute parade is due to start at 17:00 BST on Friday although the exact route is still to be decided.
Hartlepool Borough Council leader Shane Moore, said: “It’s absolutely fantastic to see Pools back in the Football League and I hope residents will welcome the opportunity to safely cheer their heroes."Copyright: PA Media
Raj Singh, Hartlepool United Football Club Chairman, said: “Hartlepool United fans never disappoint and we know they’ll want to give the players the support they deserve.
“The open-top bus parade is also a chance for us to say thank you to fans across Hartlepool – a truly unique group of people at the heart of our club.”
The parade route – which will cover as many areas of the town as possible so residents can remain socially distanced – will be announced via the council’s website.