1. ITV Report

EU Referendum: Hartlepool 'no longer a Labour town' claims Leave campaigners

Aerial view of Hartlepool Photo: PA

The Leave campaign claims Hartlepool is "no longer a Labour town” after massive 69.5 per cent vote to leave the EU.

The UKIP group leader for the town, Cllr John Tennant, told ITV News Tyne Tees Vote Leave won the ballot because Hartlepool is “a forgotten town”.

It’s a town that’s lost its industry, lost a lot of jobs, steel works, ship building and all that. That’s all gone now and they look at the EU, at the salaries they get, the bureaucrats that are in charge and they say this isn’t for us and that’s why they voted to leave."

– Cllr John Tennant

Pointing to the recent local elections, he claimed Labour no longer had a hold on the town.

He added: “It’s no longer a Labour town. They’ve changed their minds, they’ve finished, they’ve had enough of Labour and they’re turning to UKIP in large numbers. The May local elections reflected that and tonight we’ve seen even bigger numbers.”

Hartlepool's EU Referendum result Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Remain campaigner Hartlepool Labour Party Secretary, Martin Dunbar, conceded the result was a vote against the establishment, but claimed Labour are still strong in the town and will bounce back.

He added that the demise of SSIsteel works in nearby Redcar would have had an impact on the EU referendum in Hartlepool.

The Government didn’t help Redcar at all. Brussels didn’t help Redcar at all. They both blamed each other. Locally MPs tried to help and councillors tried to help, but their hands are tied, there’s not a lot they could do so I have no doubt it had something to do with it."

– Remain campaigner Martin Dunbar

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