WORLD Surprise win for Britain's Conservatives in opposition stronghold Hartlepool by-election: official results

WORLD

Surprise win for Britain's Conservatives in opposition stronghold Hartlepool by-election: official results

AFP

14:27, May 07, 2021

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Britain's ruling Conservative party has won the parliamentary seat of Hartlepool, a traditional stronghold of the opposition Labour party, official results showed on Friday.

According to the results, among the first to be announced after the local and regional elections held on Thursday, Conservative candidate Jill Mortimer won 15,529 votes, almost double the number obtained by her Labour opponent Paul Williams with 8,589.

The strongly pro-Brexit constituency has never voted Conservative since its creation in 1974. The by-election was called alongside the local polls after its Labour incumbent quit over allegations of sexual harassment.

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