1 Jul 2024

Will Hartlepool swing back to Labour? And is anyone there talking about Brexit?

Jackie Long: Five years after an election which was defined by ‘Getting Brexit Done’, it seems to be the one issue neither party wants to mention. In the last in our series on the coastal towns of England and Wales, we’ve been to Hartlepool to ask why no one is talking about Brexit.

When the Conservatives won the seat in a by-election with a majority of nearly 7,000 votes – it seemed to cement the Tory takeover of Labour heartlands – as disenchanted Brexiteers flocked to Boris Johnson. But this time around, all that is up for grabs.