“This by-election has nothing to do with a red brick or a red line or whatever you call it,” sighs Mike Tilling, director of Hartlupul High Tunstal College of Science. “Journalists from abroad come here to tell political stories, they go straight to the center of the dollar, floods.”
As we walked through the splendid new building of his all-inclusive school, he said that no candidate had visited the school, even though it had only been repaired for a few million pounds. Instead, Chancellor Rishi Sunak opted to visit the city’s Northern Art School, called the “Northern Pine Tree”, to develop a new film studio.
“The problem with Hartlupul is that all the noise about development is uncertain. The city does not have a single anchor, such as the state of Sunderland near Nissan. “If a large employer moves, local school programs can be organized around specific technical skills.” Tilling, “None of the standing people seemed to understand that well.”
The by-elections are known to reveal the abyss between Westminster and the local worldview. Career politicians parachute into a place they have never visited. London commentaries descend on their flocks, resolutely including the exotic place of the day in some of the broader Westminster psychology.
But the clash in this month’s Hartlupul by-elections looks particularly heated. There is disappointment that neither of the two main parties “gets” Hartlupul. Disappointment is widespread that neither conservative candidate Il Mortimer nor worker Paul Williams is from Hartlupul.
Voters are eager for “London obsessions” such as the “Golden Poster of Boris Bloodshed” to divert talk from the city’s potential problems. Residents are angry with expensive leaflets for “bombing their carpet” amid an economically devastating blockade.
In short, the people of Hartlupul seemed to be disappointed, thinking that the turbulent turf of the two main parties was the last resort for the former workers’ anchors. In the 2019 election, with a majority of workers equaling only 3,595 votes, the Conservatives are fighting for every vote. The work, meanwhile, is resolute. After campaigning in the city last week, Sir Kir Starmer will return today to try his best to impress voters.
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“We have to be realistic, the Labor Party has been holding this electorate for 57 years,” said Amanda Milling, co-chair of the Conservative Party, who withdrew from the campaign. He added that the epidemic has further complicated the campaign.
They are still silently hoping that there will be a backlash against the Labor Party for “considering the election equivalent to an election”, and that the agenda of leveling the Tories is being cut. “The Hartlepudlyans have mentioned what we do, for example, with a free port in the nearby Tiz Valley. They want to be a part of it. “The other day we were walking with the mayor, Ben Huchen. A group of people ran across the street to greet him.”
The Thorin camp also hopes that the election of a labor candidate will be crucial. Money Williams, who voted for “Mnal”, has been embroiled in controversy since announcing his candidacy. From the “inappropriate” tweet using the vulgar term “Milf” to the revelations that he had the resources to cut the very hospital he promised. The latest revelation has particularly damaged his position among local Labor.
Glenn Hughes, who runs a local campaign to rebuild Hartlupul’s A&E office, was “fired” by Paul Williams. “I am a socialist who has voted for Labor all my life. But when I saw him painting outside the hospital without mentioning his role in closing A&E, he thought: How could you? ”
Still, Glenn is not voting for the Tories, but for an independent candidate. “Many of us are from the socialist house. It does not mean that we have a sore throat, but you grow up with the feeling that politics is about helping people. It’s hard to throw it all away to vote blue. “Many of us will look at independent candidates before conservatives.”
This is a typical attitude of the frustrated Labor voters in the city. This seems to be the main problem of the Tories in Hortlupul. During the 2019 election in the Middle East and Midlands, there were many jokes about Tory switches. This is simply not the case in Hartlupul. If victory comes, it can be very narrow.
“If the Tories understand Hartlupul, the soul of this city, what he needs, then he really has not met it,” said Mark Lloyd, who has a fine jewelry business in the city center. With flowing hair, a floral shirt on a leather apron, and a shiny earring, he seems to embody the quality of the Hartlepudlians pedestal vaccine, which none of the candidates managed to capture with sound bites.
“What people don’t get very much is that it used to be a very rich place. There are still many rich people associated with the days of industry. It’s a very proud little town. ” Scrolling through metal in his workshop, he says that while Tory welcomes the creation of a free port in Hartpool, he is not so sure that they know how to make the most of it, so it does not turn out to be “just another good thing.” , which could be. “
In addition to skepticism about Tory business credentials, slowing down other speeds along the way is slowing down Tory. Locals seem to be overwhelmed by the choice of candidate, Ill ort Mortimer, a lawyer from North Yorkshire, who admits that he “did not spend much time” in the city. They found it difficult to process a single message that responded to the threshold, such as “Return control”.
Although the Downing Street recovery scandal failed to end, the prime minister’s vaccine also won. Every voter I spoke to seemed completely unaware of an idea that could give the Conservatives an advantage. “People do not see it as a particular Tory victory,” said Hilton Dawson, a former Labor MP who favors the Northeast Party. “They tend to cooperate more with the NHS; they value the local population who inject.” Although he is not a fan of the Labor Party, he eventually believes that they will depend on the NHS conversation. “People raise their eyebrows when Dr. Williams appears in scrubs at political events, but why not?”
The Brexit party’s failure to nominate resources, as it did with Richard Thais in the 2019 election, could also help Starmer persevere in frustrating many voters. Although there are some impressive independent candidates, they are under-resourced.
“The Brexit party missed a trick, being a one-party issue,” said Adam Gale, who owns the Rosie Pub on the beach. He decided to stand on his own two feet after a catastrophic recovery from the blockade. Many of his friends, from independent wedding planners to factory executives, have lost their jobs, and some are now relying on food banks. He promised to win half of his MP’s salary to finance him, or he does not have the resources for the level of leaflets or doors.
In the middle of a conversation, we drink coffee on the roof of his pub, watching life unfold on the shining beach. While families grazed with albondigas at the tapas bar, groups of girlfriends drank gin and fruit on rattan chairs outside the pink cocktail bar with sweets. It could have been a view of the Mediterranean Sea if it were not for the massive car park that was crushed in the middle, blocking the views of the boats. Recently, the council offered to buy the land from private owners and turn it into a mural piazza, perfect for long summer evenings and fish festivals. The application failed. “It’s the story of Hartlupul, a purely unrealized potential,” says Adam.
His partner, independent candidate Samantha Lee, who is similarly frustrated by Hartlupul’s lack of progress in recent years, is particularly concerned about the Tories. A well-connected PR entrepreneur seems to be gaining hundreds of potential votes, especially among frustrated small business owners in the city who are constrained by closure.
As we pursued a career in his green limestone bath along the coast (which his friends called Scooby Doo), he angrily pointed to the 78-mile-long Dogger Bank wind farm in the North Sea.
“Why can’t our local JDR provide the project’s underwater cables, as the Teeside plant was just selected for the turbine blades?”
“We have an industrial enterprise with the status of an enterprise with which no one has done anything. The board that forces window cleaners ացնել cupcake makers to fill out general business plans so they can say they are starting a new business. ”
He laughs when I ask him if he could stand as a Tory candidate if asked.
He laughs at hitting the Victoria Derbyshire road van earlier this week. The BBC refused to list him for the TV headquarters because he was not one of the main parties. But then the smile becomes sad. “The problem is that politics is the wrong way. London comes here to tell us what the problems are. Of course, we should have told them. “