Local elections 2019: Labour-run Hartlepool attempts a coup against austerity

In the coastal community that once elected a monkey as its mayor, an uprising rumbles in the ranks of the local governing party.

Paddy Brown makes the best cup of coffee in Hartlepool. Using a metal contraption in his kitchen usually reserved for camper van holidays, he hand-presses the beans after putting them through a grinder and serves me the result in a “Super Dad” mug. It’s very tasty.

The 58-year-old former butcher has been a Labour councillor in this north-east coastal town, where he was born and bred, for less than a year.

Before then, he hadn’t been involved in politics. After...
source: New Statesman

2019-04-12 18:44
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