Labour take Stockton South but the Conservatives win Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland.Read More
|Party||Votes||%||Net percentage change in seats|
|Mike Hill||Votes 21,969||header_vote_share 52.5||Net percentage change in seats +16.9|
|Carl Jackson||Votes 14,319||header_vote_share 34.2||Net percentage change in seats +13.3|
|Phillip Broughton||Votes 4,801||header_vote_share 11.5||Net percentage change in seats -16.5|
|Andy Hagon||Votes 746||header_vote_share 1.8||Net percentage change in seats -0.1|
Change compared with 2015
Turnout and LAB majority
Labour's Mike Hill says he "did it for his dad" after retaining his Hartlepool seat.
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.
Just to recap, they are Phillip Broughton for UKIP, Andy Hagon from the Liberal Democrats, Mike Hill for Labour and Conservative Carl Jackson.
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.
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."
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."
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."
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?"
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."
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."
- 14,076 total votes taken.
- 35.6% share of the total vote
- -6.9% change in share of the votes
- 11,052 total votes taken.
- 28.0% share of the total vote
- +21.0% change in share of the votes
- 8,256 total votes taken.
- 20.9% share of the total vote
- -7.2% change in share of the votes
- 2,954 total votes taken.
- 7.5% share of the total vote
- +7.5% change in share of the votes
- 1,341 total votes taken.
- 3.4% share of the total vote
- +3.4% change in share of the votes
- 849 total votes taken.
- 2.1% share of the total vote
- +2.1% change in share of the votes
- 761 total votes taken.
- 1.9% share of the total vote
- -15.2% change in share of the votes
- 201 total votes taken.
- 0.5% share of the total vote
- +0.5% change in share of the votes
Change compared with 2010