Hartlepool Borough Council is the local authority of the Borough of Hartlepool. It is a unitary authority, with the powers and functions of a non-metropolitan county and district council combined. Since 2 May 2013 the council has used the leader and cabinet model of executive arrangements. Between 2002 and 2013 it used rarer mayor and cabinet model with a directly elected mayor of Hartlepool. The current civic mayor of Hartlepool for the 2017/2018 municipal year is Councillor Paul Beck.
Hartlepool Borough Council
|Third of council elected three years out of four|
|Founded||1 April 1974|
Mayor of Hartlepool
Cllr Brenda Loynes, Labour
since 24th June 2019
Leader of the Council
since 28th March 2015
|Seats||33 councillors |
|22 May 2014 (one third of councillors)|
7 May 2015 (one third of councillors)
5 May 2016 (one third of councillors)
|2 May 2019 (one third of councillors)|
|Civic Centre, Hartlepool|
The executive function of Hartlepool Borough Council was controlled by a directly elected mayor of Hartlepool from 2002 to 2013. On 9 May 2019, Labour Council leader Christopher Akers-Belcher and two fellow party members, defected to the Socialist Labour Party following the Labour Party's defeat in the recent local elections.
|Party in control||Years|
|No overall control||2000–2004|
|No overall control||2008–2010|
|No overall control||2019–present|
Elections to Hartlepool Borough Council in the ceremonial county of County Durham in England were held on 7 May 1998. One third of the council was up for election and the Labour party stayed in overall control of the council.After the election, the composition of the council was
Liberal Democrat 8
Independent 11999 Hartlepool Borough Council election
Elections to Hartlepool Borough Council in the ceremonial county of County Durham in England were held on 6 May 1999. One third of the council was up for election and the Labour party stayed in overall control of the council. The results saw the Labour party lose two seats to the Liberal Democrats and one seat to the Conservative party. Overall turnout in the election was 26.1%.Following the election the then council leader, Roy Waller, was challenged as leader of the Labour group on the council by Russell Hart. Hart defeated Waller 16 to 14 in a vote by Labour party councillors at the groups annual meeting and Hart thus became leader of the council.After the election, the composition of the council was
Liberal Democrat 10
Independent 12000 Hartlepool Borough Council election
Elections to Hartlepool Borough Council in the ceremonial county of County Durham in England were held on 4 May 2000. One third of the council was up for election and the Labour party lost overall control of the council to no overall control.After the election, the composition of the council was
Liberal Democrats 14
Independent 22002 Hartlepool Borough Council election
Elections to Hartlepool Borough Council in the ceremonial county of County Durham in England were held on 2 May 2002. One third of the council was up for election and the council stayed under no overall control. At the same time an election took place for a directly elected mayor, which was won by independent candidate Stuart Drummond.2012 Hartlepool Borough Council election
The 2012 Hartlepool Borough Council election was scheduled on 3 May 2012 to elect members of Hartlepool Borough Council in England. This was the same day as other 2012 United Kingdom local elections.2014 Hartlepool Borough Council election
The 2014 Hartlepool Borough Council election took place on 22 May 2014 to elect members of Hartlepool Borough Council in England. This was on the same day as other local elections.2015 Hartlepool Borough Council election
The 2015 Hartlepool Borough Council election took place on 7 May 2015 to elect members of the Hartlepool Borough Council in England. It was held on the same day as other local elections.2016 Hartlepool Borough Council election
The 2016 Hartlepool Borough Council election took place on 5 May 2016 to elect members of Hartlepool Borough Council in England. This was on the same day as other local elections.Borough of Hartlepool
The Borough of Hartlepool is a unitary authority area in the ceremonial county of County Durham, in north-east England.
In 2003 it had a resident population of 90,1 1, increasing to 92,028 at the 2011 Census. It borders the non-metropolitan county of County Durham to the north, Stockton-on-Tees to the south and Redcar and Cleveland to the south-east along the line of the River Tees. It is centred on the town of Hartlepool and is a member of the Tees Valley combined authority.
It is made up of 17 council wards and since the 1983 parliamentary redistribution is coterminous with the Hartlepool constituency. The local authority is Hartlepool Borough Council.Dyke House Sports and Technology College
Dyke House Sports and Technology College (formerly Dyke House Comprehensive School) is a coeducational secondary school located in Hartlepool, County Durham, England.Previously a foundation school administered by Hartlepool Borough Council, Dyke House Sports and Technology College converted to academy status in May 2013. The school is now part of the Northern Education Trust but continues to coordinate with
Hartlepool Borough Council for admissions.
Dyke House Sports and Technology College offers GCSEs and BTECs as programmes of study for pupils. The school also has specialisms in sports and technology.Elwick, County Durham
Elwick is a village and civil parish in the borough of Hartlepool and the ceremonial county of County Durham, in England. It is situated near the A19 road to the west of Hartlepool. Hartlepool Borough Council governs Elwick. As Elwick is only a small parish it is not able to run itself as its own district. It does have a Parish Council. Elwick was known as a township until 1866, but then was changed to a civil parish status.Hartlepool Art Gallery
Hartlepool Art Gallery is an art gallery in Hartlepool, County Durham, England.The gallery opened in 1996. It is located in Church Square within Christ Church, a restored Victorian church, built in 1854 and designed by the architect Edward Buckton Lamb (1806–1869). The building has a 100-foot tower with six bells, which can still be rung.Hartlepool Art Gallery is co-located with a tourist information centre close to Hartlepool railway station and the town centre. The temporary exhibition programme includes crafts, contemporary and fine art, and photography. There is also a permanent collection. The gallery is run by Hartlepool Borough Council.Hartlepool Borough Council elections
Hartlepool is a unitary authority in County Durham, England. Until 1 April 1996 it was a non-metropolitan district in Cleveland. Between 2002 and 2013 it also had a directly elected mayor, currently it is governed by the 33 member Hartlepool Borough Council.Independent Union (political party)
Independent Union is a minor political party in the United Kingdom. It was founded in February 2019 by six independent councillors on Hartlepool Borough Council to contest in the 2019 United Kingdom local elections, the party gaining a councillor and retaining another out of a total of five fielded candidates.John Tennant (politician)
John Tennant (born 15 December 1986) is a British politician, who has been the Brexit Party Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the North East of England since 2019 and the party leader of Independent Union, of which he is a councillor on Hartlepool Borough Council for the Jesmond ward.Mayor of Hartlepool
The Mayor of Hartlepool was the executive mayor of Hartlepool Borough Council in County Durham, England. Established in 2002 and abolished in 2013, all three terms of office were served by Stuart Drummond.
The office was established in 2002 following a referendum the previous year in which governance by a directly elected mayor was favoured over a cabinet system. Another referendum in 2012 produced the converse result, and the office was abolished in May 2013.Drummond was first elected in 2002 and was re-elected in 2005 and 2009. Drummond was the first mayor in Britain to win a third term.Putting Hartlepool First
Putting Hartlepool First is a localist political party based in the English town of Hartlepool. It is officially registered with the Electoral Commission as Hartlepool Independents - Putting Hartlepool First.The party was registered in 2011. As of 2017, it has three councillors on Hartlepool Borough Council. The party does not operate a whip, leaving its councillors "free to vote based on their own knowledge and experience."Socialist Labour Party (UK)
The Socialist Labour Party (SLP) is a socialist political party in the United Kingdom. The party was established in 1996 and is led by Arthur Scargill, a former Labour Party member and the former leader of the National Union of Mineworkers. The party's name highlights its commitment to socialism and acknowledges Clause IV of the Labour Party's former constitution, as fundamental to the party's identity.
The SLP advocates economic localism, Britain's exit from the European Union and is in favour of reopening the mines.In February 2014, The Guardian newspaper reported that the SLP had only 300 members, which it attributed to the ageing Scargill's withdrawal from public life. According to accounts filed with the Electoral Commission for the year 2014, the Socialist Labour Party had 385 members excluding affiliates. It had an income of around £9,362 and an expenditure of £11,386.On 2 April 2019, two Labour Party councillors sitting on Hartlepool Borough Council, one of them the ceremonial mayor, defected to the SLP complaining of racism and homophobia in Hartlepool Labour. Another councillor resigned and joined the party after being suspended by Hartlepool Labour amidst claims he helped one of the defectors in his election campaign. The defections gave the Socialist Labour Party its first councillors since 2014. While in the 2019 United Kingdom local elections both Hartlepool councillors lost their seats, a week later, with Labour having lost overall control of the council, the SLP gained a further three councillors, including the leader of the council.Teesside Archives
Teesside Archives holds the archives for the Teesside area. The archives are held at Exchange House, Exchange Square, Middlesbrough, and run by Middlesbrough Borough Council. It was created in 1974 under Cleveland County and is now funded by Hartlepool Borough Council, Stockton Borough Council, Middlesbrough Council and Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council.