A NORTH East Conservative councillor has resigned two days after taking office amid revelations that he was found guilty in court of assaulting his wife earlier this year.

Cllr Gordon Cranney, who represented the Seaton ward for Hartlepool Borough Council, was officially re-elected as a council representative on Friday (May 6).

Despite his re-election as a councillor, news of a court appearance for assault by beating broke just before the results were confirmed. 

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The appearance at Teesside Magistrates' Court on April 28 related to an incident on February 6 of this year in Hartlepool that is alleged to have involved Mr Cranney “assaulting” a woman by “beating her”, according to documents.

In court, the Conservative councillor was handed a 24-month community order, referred to a Building Better Relationships programme, as well as having to pay a victim surcharge of £95 and paying costs of £85.

Despite the councillor initially standing for re-election, an announcement from both Mr Cranney and the Hartlepool Conservative Party today (May 8) confirmed his departure from the political party.

The Northern Echo: Cllr Gordon Cranney, who represented the Seaton ward for Hartlepool Borough Council. Picture: NORTHERN ECHO.Cllr Gordon Cranney, who represented the Seaton ward for Hartlepool Borough Council. Picture: NORTHERN ECHO.

Taking to social media Hartlepool Conservative Party posted the statement: “Hartlepool Conservatives confirm that former Councillor, Gordon Cranney has today resigned his position.

“We will be selecting a candidate to fight the upcoming By-election in the Seaton Ward in the coming weeks.”

Mr Cranney backed this up with his own statement that was circulated on other people's social media pages, which stated: "As many people will have seen reported on Thursday of last week I pleaded guilty to common assault (I grabbed my wife's cheeks). 

The Northern Echo: Hartlepool Borough Council. Picture: NORTHERN ECHO.Hartlepool Borough Council. Picture: NORTHERN ECHO.

"I would give anything to turn back the clock, to say I am genuinely sorry for my actions does not begin to convey my regrets. 

"My wife has stood by me, and I will never be able to repay her compassion. 

"I can confirm that Hartlepool Conservatives did not know anything about this until the polling began, I apologise for any embarassment I have caused the party. 

"I am formally resigning as a councillor to spend time with my wife and family."

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