Elections 2021: Conservatives win Hartlepool byelection, dealing blow to Labour – live

Elections 2021: Conservatives win Hartlepool byelection, dealing blow to Labour – liveMay 7, 2021

Reactions and all the latest results after Thursday’s elections in Scotland, England and Wales

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This is from Ben Wallace, the defence secretary.

congratulations to @Jill4Hartlepool and Boris Johnson @BorisJohnson on the by-election win! I have represented a Lancashire seat for 16 years. Labour swapped the North and it’s voters for fashionable lefty elites long ago and are now paying the price. #Conservatives

Speaking to reporters after her election victory, Jill Mortimer, the new Conservative MP for Hartlepool, said:

I’m just overwhelmed by the support of the people of Hartlepool. It confirms what I heard on the doorstep – they just want positive change, and that’s what we’re going to bring them.

This town needs to be regenerated, it has been in decline for a long time. There is so much to do. I’ve got a great big long list and I’ll be on it.

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