2021 Hartlepool by-election

2021 UK parliament by-election

The 2021 Hartlepool by-election was a by-election for the UK Parliament constituency of Hartlepool. The by-election was started because the MP before it, Mike Hill decided that he wanted to stop being MP.[1] It took place on 6 May 2021. This was the same day as the UK local elections.[2] The area is part of the "red wall", areas that usually supported the Labour Party.[3]

2021 Hartlepool by-election

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Hartlepool constituency
  First party Second party Third party
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Candidate Jill Mortimer Paul Williams Sam Lee
Party Conservative Labour Independent
Last election 28.9% 37.7% New candidate
Popular vote 15,529 8,589 2,904
Percentage 51.9% 28.7% 9.7%
Swing Increase 23.0% Decrease 9.0% New candidate

Location of Hartlepool within the former county of Cleveland

MP before election

Mike Hill

Elected MP

Jill Mortimer

This was the first by-election that was to the parliament elected in 2019.[4]

The Conservative candidate, Jill Mortimer, was the winner of. the by-election. Mortimer had 51.9% of the vote. This was 16% more than Mike Hill won with in the 2019 general election.[5] The win was the second time since 1982 that the party of the government won a seat in a by-election.[6]

References change

  1. Rodgers, Sienna (16 March 2021). "Mike Hill quits as Labour MP for Hartlepool with immediate effect". LabourList. Retrieved 16 March 2021.
  2. Marko, Nic (31 March 2021). "Hartlepool voters to go to the polls for four elections on the same day". LabourList. Retrieved 5 April 2021.
  3. "Labour fears of losing Hartlepool grow ahead of 'defining' red wall by-election". The Independent. 21 March 2021.
  4. "Mike Hill: Hartlepool MP quits 'with immediate effect'". BBC News. 16 March 2021. Retrieved 16 March 2021.
  5. "Labour crashes to humiliating byelection defeat in Hartlepool". The Guardian. 7 May 2021. Retrieved 7 May 2021.
  6. "Elections 2021: Conservatives hail historic Labour defeat in Hartlepool by-election". BBC News. 7 May 2021. Retrieved 7 May 2021.