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North East UKIP member 'considering running for leader'

UKIP member Phillip Broughton has said he is considering running for leadership of the party after Nigel Farage stepped down earlier this week.

Broughton, a former professional wrestler, stood as UKIP's Hartlepool candidate in the 2015 General Election.

Broughton says there's an obvious vacancy as the party's only MP Douglas Carswell has already said he doesn't want the job.

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“I think Nigel has done an amazing job for UKIP. He has made us the third biggest political party in the country, has done an amazing job in giving us our independence back and taking us forward as a nation. A man of passion, belief, who stands by his principles and an all round great guy. Now of course we need to look at who should stand for the leadership of the party and I must say, I am considering it.

We have only got one MP in Douglas Carswell and he has already said he doesn’t want the job. I think I have got the energy and I’ve done a lot of hard work in Hartlepool, I got the fourth best result in the country for UKIP in the general election and came within a whisker of winning and I’ve got a lot to offer.

I’ve been involved in politics and I also have a lot of life experience. I’m considering running, but also for 2020 or if a general election is called soon, but it is still early days. I’m passionate about Hartlepool.”

– Phillip Broughton

Police identify cyclist killed in Hartlepool collision

William Angus, from Hartlepool, died after a collision on the A689 on June 23 Credit: Cleveland Police

A cyclist who died after a collision with a car in Hartlepool has been named as William Angus.

The 58-year-old, from Hartlepool, was cycling on the eastbound carriageway of the A689, near to the Greatham turn off, when he collided with a car at around 5:30pm on June 23.

Mr Angus was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Biker seriously injured in Hartlepool

A 20-year-old man has been seriously injured after his bike crashed on Bruce Crescent in Hartlepool.

It happened at around 7.30pm yesterday evening (15th June).

The biker was left with a broken leg, broken arm and a cut to his head after the off-road bike left the road and collided with a wall and a lamppost.

He was taken to James Cook University Hospital for treatment.

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