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Hartlepool Borough Council

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Hartlepool Borough Council
Third of council elected three years out of four
Hartlepool Borough Council logo
Founded1 April 1974; 47 years ago (1974-04-01)
Mayor of Hartlepool
Cllr Brenda Loynes, Conservative Party
since 24 June 2019 = [1]
Leader of the Council
Cllr Shane Moore, Independent Union
since 21 May 2019[2][3]
Deputy Leader
Cllr Mike Young, Conservative Party
since 21 May 2019[2][4]
Managing Director
Denise McGuckin
since 11 June 2020 [5]
Seats36 councillors[6]
United Kingdom Hartlepool Borough Council 2021.svg
Political groups
Administration (TBC)
Confidence & Supply (TBC)
Opposition (TBC)
  Conservative (13)
  Labour (11)
  Independent (10)
  Independent Union (2)
Last election
7 May 2015 (one third of councillors)
5 May 2016 (one third of councillors)
2 May 2019 (one third of councillors)
6 May 2021 (All 36 councillors on new boundaries[7])
Meeting place
Civic Centre, Hartlepool

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 committee hybrid model of executive arrangements. Between 2002 and 2013 it used the rarer mayor and cabinet model with a directly elected mayor of 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, The former 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.[8] On 13 September 2019, ten independent councillors defected to the Brexit Party. The Conservative councillors then formed a pact with the Brexit Party councillors to become the largest group on the council.[9]

In May 2021, four parish councils of the villages of Elwick, Hart, Dalton Piercy and Greatham all issued individual votes of no confidence in Hartlepool Borough Council, and expressed their desire to re-join County Durham.[10]

Political control

Since 1995 political control of the council has been held by the following parties:[11][12]

Party in control Years
Labour 1995–2000
No overall control 2000–2004
Labour 2004–2008
No overall control 2008–2010
Labour 2010–2019
No overall control 2019–present


  1. ^ Council, Hartlepool Borough. "Councillor Brenda Loynes | Rural West Ward | Conservatives Party | Hartlepool Borough Council".
  2. ^ a b Marko, Nic (21 May 2019). "New leader of Hartlepool Borough Council says he's 'tried to ensure everyone willing is sat around the top table for the better of the town'". Hartlepool Mail. Hartlepool: Northeast Press. Archived from the original on 21 May 2019. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  3. ^ "Councillor Shane Moore". Hartlepool Borough Council. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  4. ^ "Councillor Mike Young". Hartlepool Borough Council. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  5. ^ "Meet the new woman at the helm of Hartlepool council as new leadership team announced".
  6. ^ "Councillors". Hartlepool Borough Council. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  7. ^ Marco, Nik (9 April 2021). "108 candidates standing in May 6 election for seats on Hartlepool Borough Council". Hartlepool Mail. Archived from the original on 12 April 2021. Retrieved 12 April 2021.
  8. ^ Thompson, Fiona (9 May 2019). "Hartlepool Council leader Christopher Akers-Belcher and two fellow party members resign from Labour". Hartlepool Mail. Hartlepool. Archived from the original on 10 May 2019. Retrieved 10 May 2019.
  9. ^ Scott, Jim (13 September 2019). "The Brexit Party takes hold of Hartlepool Borough Council". The Northern Echo. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  10. ^ Nic Marko (10 May 2021), Four Hartlepool villages have 'no confidence' in borough council and want to join Durham, Hartlepool: Hartlepool Mail
  11. ^ "Hartlepool". BBC News Online. 19 April 2009. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
  12. ^ "Hartlepool Borough Council - Election results for 2019". BBC News. 3 May 2019. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
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