A SCHOOL teacher has been selected by the Liberal Democrats to stand in the Hartlepool by-election.

Andy Hagon was adopted unanimously by the local Lib Dems, having also been the party's candidate for the Hartlepool constituency in the 2017 and 2019 General elections. 
Mr Hogan, who grew up on Owton Manor estate, said: “I was born and raised in Hartlepool. My family and best mates live here. I’ve worked, volunteered in and been unemployed here in Hartlepool.

"I truly understand the frustration of all Hartlepudians who want more change and opportunities in their local community.

"I have decided to stand for a third time so that people have another choice beyond Labour and the Conservatives. 

"There should never be one in three Hartlepool children living in poverty in one of the richest countries in the world, we need a more caring country. 

“If elected, I pledge to stand up for local people.

"In particular, for those who have been unemployed for far too long and desperate for work, and for those who are sick of travelling too far for jobs.

"Our voices matter, and I want to make them heard and get things done.’’

Councillor Amanda Hopgood, Chair of North East Liberal Democrats, said: “It is important for the people of Hartlepool that they have the chance to vote for real change.

"Andy Hagon as your Liberal Democrat MP is the local choice. He would bring the local knowledge and passion for the area that its residents demand.”

The by-election is being held following the resignation of the former Labour MP Mike Hill, who resigned amid sexual harassment claims, which he denies.

People in the town will vote for their new MP on May 6.

Former Stockton South MP Dr Paul Williams has been selected as Labour's candidate and farmer Jill Mortimer will represent the Conservatives.

IT consultant John Prescott will represent Reform UK, Thelma Walker will represent the newly formed Northern Independence Party and Hilton Dawson is the candidate for the North East Party.