Independents 7, Putting Hartleppol First 4. Port and manufacturing town, originally in Durham and then in the former county of Cleveland. Famous as the town which hanged a monkey mistaken for a foreign sailor; the monkey mascot of Hartlepool FC was elected as Mayor in 2002.
The Conservatives held a seat in Rural West ward at a byelection on 12 July. Five UKIP members formed the Hartlepool Independent Group in January 2018.
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