Hartlepool

Parliamentary constituency
Candidates
Party Candidate
Party

UKIP

Candidate Phillip Broughton
Party

Liberal Democrat

Candidate Andy Hagon
Party

Labour

Candidate Mike Hill
Party

Conservative

Candidate Carl Jackson

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Results of the 2015 general election

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Hartlepool debate: Thanks for joining us

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And that is the end of our debate at the Hartlepool College of Further Education with the four candidates hoping to be the next MP for Hartlepool.

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Just to recap, they are Phillip Broughton for UKIP, Andy Hagon from the Liberal Democrats, Mike Hill for Labour and Conservative Carl Jackson.

You can listen to the full debate on the BBC Tees website.

The election will be held on 8 June, eligible voters have until 23:59 today to register to vote if they have not already done so.

Hartlepool debate: 'Cutting rates will help businesses pay wages'

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Conservative Carl Jackson said cutting rates and corporation tax will help businesses meet the new requirement to pay a minimum of £9 an hour by 2020.

He said: "As someone who runs a small business I am very aware of this. I'm pretty content with the plan to pay £9 an hour by 2020, that recognises people's efforts and is affordable to small business. To help, we will bring corporation tax down to 17%. It's also going to be crucial to get the right deal with the EU on free trade."

Liberal Democrat Andy Hagon said: "About 27% of shops have closed in Hartlepool, that sends a clear message that something is wrong.

"We need to make taxes fairer and expand the British business bank. It is a genuine concern. We are firmly behind a lot of the measures the other parties have said."

Hartlepool debate: 'We want people paid £10 an hour'

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Labour candidate Mike Hill said his party wants a minimum living wage of £10 an hour.

To help businesses pay that, he said: "We intend to introduce innovative ideas to help local businesses, we will review business rates to make them more equitable and fair. One of our big ideas is to introduce a bank in the north to bring in investment. We will foster and assist small business on the ground because it is our aim to have everybody on £10 an hour minimum. Local businesses have got the enthusiasm to do that, they would like to see a work force that is properly remunerated."

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UKIP's Phillip Broughton said: "We've got to cut the business rates, it would brings shops and jobs to the town centre. On pensions, I do think the Conservatives have treated pensioners terribly by moving the goalposts several times. Cutting taxes and regulations on businesses will help them and employ more people."

Hartlepool debate: 'How will you help businesses pay wages and pensions?'

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The final question for the four candidates comes from Ronnie, a barber in Hartlepool.

He asks: "How will you help small business cope with paying more than the minimum wage as well as pension contributions?"

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Hartlepool debate: Tuition fees 'are fair'

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The Conservative candidate Carl Jackson said tuition fees are fair.

He said: "I support fees as someone who paid for them. It's about paying for what you use. If you're going to uni and the person next to to you isn't, you've got to ask the question about the fairness of uni being paid by general taxation. It is fair on those who don't go to higher education they don't have to pay towards it and those that benefit from it do."

UKIP's candidate Phillip Broughton said Labour's promise to abolish tuition fees was "pie in the sky" and would mean more borrowing.

He said: "What we are saying is lets scrap tuition fees for the stem subjects of science, engineering, mathematics and medicine."

Hartlepool debate: Tuition fees are 'balancing the books'

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Liberal Democrat candidate Andy Hagon said tuition fees "balanced the books".

He said: "The Lib Dems have taken a lot of flack over tuition fees and I can understand why.

"I'm not happy about them at all. I feel your pain on this. It comes down to balancing the books. the Liberal Democrats want to invest, but want an economy that's fit for purpose. We don't believe [abolishing tuition fees] is affordable."

Mike Hill said his Labour party would abolish tuition fees.

He said: "We will fund it through an increase in taxes for those earning over £80,000. We have costed our manifesto. Young voters need to support our policies, we care about getting young people into employment. I was the first in my family to go to university, I got a grant, that will be reinstated, no longer will people be ripped off and burdened with debt."

Hartlepool debate: 'Should tuition fees be abolished?'

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The next question is about tuition fees for university students.

The questioner asks: "Should students have to pay tuition fees? If so, why?"

Hartlepool debate: Future lies in 'education' and 'oil rig decommissioning'

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On the question of future industry, Liberal Democrat candidate Andy Hagon said raising the profile of Hartlepool and improving education and training will attract more businesses.

He said: "It is about being out there banging your drum, I've got a big drum and will bang it loud. I want to be the Jeff Stelling of politics, make people aware of Hartlepool. It starts with education. We need to be investing in training and upskilling our people."

Conservative Carl Jackson said as a businessman he understands what businesses need to see to invest in a place.

He also said the renewable industry will be big but said Hartlepool can play a major role in decommissiong oil rigs from the North Sea.

He said: "The North Sea oil fields are going to be the first major fields to fully decommission, there are 100 rigs waiting to be broken up, that is a huge opportunity, Hartlepool has a track record for more of these."

Hartlepool debate: 'Steel' and 'renewables' are future industries

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Labour's Mike Hill said industries such as renewable energy and recycling are key.

He said: "They are big future business areas whether you like them or not because we have an engineering base and are on the coast. I'm also really excited about cyber industries. We've got apprentices at this college here setting people up for the future. It's an open basket."

UKIP's Phillip Broughton said he wants to support the steel industry and claimed leaving the EU would revitalise the town's fishing industry.

He said: "We have to help the steel industry. We have to create jobs, get investment. One way to do that is to offer short term loans to industry to help them, once market picks up they can pay back.

"We've also got to help the fishing industry, once we leave the EU we can get that back. We also need more police, doctors and teachers. I will be campaigning and arguing for these things You need a strong MP with the profile to do it. You've had a Labour MP since 1964 and it's done no good. If you want change and to shake things up you've got to vote for UKIP."

Hartlepool debate: 'How would you boost industry?'

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We have already discussed the NHS, social care and Brexit in our debate with the four candidates vying to become Hartlepool's next MP.

Now it's time to talk about the economy.

Monica Vaughan asked: "Should you be elected what industry will you be trying to attract to the town?"

LAB HOLD

Results

Labour
, with candidate Iain Wright
, have the following results:
  • 14,076 total votes taken.
  • 35.6% share of the total vote
  • -6.9% change in share of the votes
UKIP
, with candidate Phillip Broughton
, have the following results:
  • 11,052 total votes taken.
  • 28.0% share of the total vote
  • +21.0% change in share of the votes
Conservative
, with candidate Richard Royal
, have the following results:
  • 8,256 total votes taken.
  • 20.9% share of the total vote
  • -7.2% change in share of the votes
Independent
, with candidate Stephen Picton
, have the following results:
  • 2,954 total votes taken.
  • 7.5% share of the total vote
  • +7.5% change in share of the votes
Green Party
, with candidate Michael Holt
, have the following results:
  • 1,341 total votes taken.
  • 3.4% share of the total vote
  • +3.4% change in share of the votes
Save Hartlepool Hospital
, with candidate Sandra Allison
, have the following results:
  • 849 total votes taken.
  • 2.1% share of the total vote
  • +2.1% change in share of the votes
Liberal Democrat
, with candidate Hilary Allen
, have the following results:
  • 761 total votes taken.
  • 1.9% share of the total vote
  • -15.2% change in share of the votes
Independent
, with candidate John Hobbs
, have the following results:
  • 201 total votes taken.
  • 0.5% share of the total vote
  • +0.5% change in share of the votes

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