Lib Dems blame Labour 'mess' for Hartlepool wipe out

Lib Dem councillors say national issues are the main reason why the party no longer hold any seats at Hartlepool Council.

The Lib Dem's lost both seats in last night's result.

The Chairman of Hartlepool Lib Dem's, Jim Tighe, says the new boundary changes hindered his party's chances of success.

But Mr Tighe says the welfare issues the coalition Government are implementing after Labour's "13 years of messing about" have influenced voters.

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Local Elections 2012

Voters in several parts of the region go to the polls today in local elections.