Former Stockton South MP announced as Labour's Hartlepool candidate

Dr Paul Williams Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The Labour Party has revealed that Dr Paul Williams will be the party’s candidate for Hartlepool in the upcoming election.

Dr Williams was the Labour MP for Stockton South between 2017 and 2019 and is currently a working NHS doctor.

The election has been triggered by Mike Hill's resignation earlier this week. His stepping down comes as he faces claims of sexual harassment and victimisation - which Mr Hill denies.

Dr Williams was due to run for Labour in the Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner election in May. Labour has confirmed a replacement candidate will be chosen.

Candidates for the Hartlepool seat from other parties have yet to be selected.