HCA AGM 2019

We had a very positive AGM for Hartlepool Conservatives this evening. Our existing Chairman, Ray Martin-Wells welcomed all members and thanked them for their support during what has been a very changeable year, not least due to he himself standing down as a Councillor. He welcomed new Councillor Mike Young to the role and wished him well as he continued in his position.

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Following this, thanks was bestowed wholeheartedly on to Councillor Dr George Morris, who he warmly reflected upon his career as a Councillor following his decision to stand down this year, sharing that

“George has been a huge and valuable part of the success regarding Hartlepool Conservative Association. I remember when I was elected to become Chairman again some four years ago and how much time, support and positive words were shared. He has done so much for the town in his career and as a Councillor. This must be commended and I know that as Freeman of the town of Hartlepool he will continue to hold an extremely keen interest in all the goes on.”

A spontaneous standing ovation with much applause followed and it was clear that everyone has admired, respected and enjoyed the way George has delivered for the people of Rural West Ward and the town as a whole.

Cameron Stokell a politics student from Hartlepool will be the candidate for the upcoming local election in Rural West.

The rest of the business of the AGM was conducted in the usual amicable and democratic way, with unanimous votes across the board, apart from one point of business when a member chose to abstain.

All officers were elected without challenge, with Ray Martin-Wells continuing as Constituency Chairman for a further year at the request of the Association and will full support from Northern Regional Conservative Headquarters. Members are grateful for Ray’s continued evenhanded approach to the business of the association.

The meeting closed at 7.31pm.


Over the last two weeks, the Independent Union, along with the Hartlepool Conservative party, have entered into dialogue with members of every group and individual independent Councillor in an attempt to reach a comprise going forward.

On 9th May I U and Conservatives formed a formal Coalition, we were joined a member of VAPP several days later.

Naturally, it is not always possible to reach an agreement with everyone, but we have throughout the process been fair and honest. We have offered to share out the Chair, Vice-chair and committee places evenly among all parties following the rules clearly set out in the council constitution but always ignored by Labour.

It is therefore disappointing that the Hartlepool Labour party have used the excuse that they won’t work alongside the conservatives to avoid taking up any Chair or Vice-chair positions.

The truth is, Labour’s own Constitution prevents them from taking these positions when not in control.

We would under normal circumstances never reveal private discussions with other groups; however, in light of numerous statements made by Labour, they have left us with little choice.

On Tuesday the 7th of May a senior Conservative party member was invited to a now senior Labour members home where Chair and Vice-chair positions were offered to the Conservative group in return for Conservative support in propping up a failing Labour Council.

The Conservatives declined those positions in that meeting and made it clear they intended to support the Independent Union. We have proof of this meeting if Labour chooses to deny these facts.

We reiterate that we want to put party politics aside and work with all groups and individuals for the good of the town, but any attempt to re-write history or the facts will be corrected.

Cllr Shane Moore Cllr Mike Young

Cameron Stokell Chosen As Hart Ward By-Election Candidate

Cameron Stokell – Hart By-Election Candidate

Since 2016 Cameron Stokell, 19, has been involved in the youth movement of the Conservative Party and in 2017 took a very strong interest in helping with the General Election.

Since then, Cameron has been very proactive in supporting local elections and by-elections in the town and in the last by election for Rural West  was co-Campaign Manager along with Ray Martin-Wells supporting the delivery of a wider online strategy and canvassing the area.

His interests include the sport of field hockey, which he plays at university and has been apart of the England Single System as well as studying Politics at Sheffield Hallam University where he is going in to his first year. This will not detract from his ability to serve as a Councillor as he is very politically active and has very good ideas to support Hartlepool. A mature and well rounded individual who has a lot of fantastic attributes that will stand him in good stead for his planned career in politics.

Due to the recent calling of Hart by-election in response to former Cllr Paul Beck standing down, Ray Martin-Wells nominated Cameron Stokell as the council candidate and he was unanimously accepted as such by the HCA Executive.

We wish Cameron every success in the by-election and for the future.

Vote Conservative in Hart Ward on October 11th 2018.

Councillor Mike Young Elected as Chair of Licensing

Councillor Mike Young was elected to the position of Chair of Licensing on Thursday, 13th September 2018 at the first full council meeting after summer recess. Cllr Young said;


I am incredibly happy to have been elected unopposed to this position and of course to have been chosen to sit on the other six committees presented by the Chief Executives in her management report yesterday. I have agreed with my full-time employer a flexible working arrangement that will allow me to attend a large proportion of the meetings scheduled.


Cllr Brenda Loynes, Group Leader for the Conservative Party and Chair of Audit & Governance said that she was extremely happy to have supported Cllr Young and was not surprised that he was elected unopposed.

The full council meeting was convened at 7pm on Thursday and all of the business was concluded by 7.19pm – some say in record time. Hartlepool Conservative Association would like to congratulate Mike on his successful first two months of office and that they are incredibly pleased with the work he has undertaken and the enthusiasm he has shown in all projects and ward work.

Cllr Young will also sit as a committee member on:

Cleveland Fire Authority Committee
Finance & Policy Committee
Regeneration Services Committee
Adult Services Committee
Planning Committee
Central & South Community Forum


We are very excited to invite you to our next coffee morning, held at The Duke of Cleveland, Church Walk, Hartlepool on Thursday, September 27th at 11.00am.

The coffee mornings are a great chance for members and indeed non members to share socially about their experiences relating to the town and to offer information about the local Conservative Party to those who are keen to find out more.

If you wish to find out more about the coffee morning, or you want to know how you can support the Conservative vision for Hartlepool, please contact us via our message system on our Facebook page found here: www.fb.com/HartlepoolCF.


One of our key Councillor commitments is to work hard and support residents who live within the villages. In the last few months we have been involved with all of the Parish Councils and have ensured that issues regarding highways, beautification, water works and signage matters have been addressed by the officers of Hartlepool Borough Council.  

In Elwick, your ward councillors have worked hard to keep you informed of the major developments relating to the new proposed by-pass. This is a complex development as you know but it is anticipated that it will bring about an extremely large reduction in transport through the village, whilst supporting the new housing estate developments that are scheduled to continue.

We were also very grateful as a council with the support received and agreed by Tees Valley Conservative Mayor—Ben Houchen, when he approved a further £4m of support to the project.

In Greatham, we have been working with residents and asking them about the concerns they have in the area. Some matters raised have been in relation to the removal of significant amounts of concrete waste as a result of improvement works carried out by tenants. We were grateful to the team at Thirteen Group for their assistance in this matter.

We were also very pleased to support the addition of a new item for the children’s play park.

Dalton Piercy are receiving ongoing roadworks on the entrance at the Elwick Road end of the village. The drains will be tested before the finalisation of the road surface is laid.

Newton Bewley are still experiencing issues regarding the speed and sound of the road. These are complex and long-term ongoing issues. A meeting in September will hope to bring about some progress and residents will be informed of any updates.

Wynyard has now received a high number of additional houses on the north side of the A689. We are working hard to find a way of installing a  controlled crossing across the A689 between Wynyard Village and Wynyard Park.


If there has been a recurring theme across the whole of Rural West Ward in the last few months it has been grass cutting and weed killing. Photographs have been landing in Councillors’ email inboxes that show some really disappointing sights and it has been a very significant and consistent campaign by Parish Councils, residents groups and your ward Councillors to find a swift and effective
solution to this ongoing problem.

The key message from Hartlepool Borough Council has been just as consistent. A shortage in staff resources has had a very significant impact on these works being carried out across the town.

The response from the local authority has in recent weeks been to add a further 8 temporary staff to the existing 5 environmental operatives and to begin a Apprenticeship programme for a further 12 employees. This has been welcomed by your ward Councillors and we hope that this will result in a more expedient approach to the maintenance of public areas across the ward and wider town. As one resident correctly suggested,

“it makes the whole area unsightly and causes people to want to move out of the town.”

As part of the work that is ongoing through the local authority, officers have confirmed that the stage-two process of herbicide treatment is happening across the town and the key message is that the new employees will be starting as soon as they are recruited. Until then the local authority are aiming to cut grass in the ward every 10 to 14 days.

The weather has played its part in all of this but it is important that for the future that the local authority plan in additional seasonal workers across the summer months so that these issues do not arise again. We as your ward Councillors will continue to monitor the situation so as to avoid issues as shown in the picture below.



Transport is a very key issue for those living in the more rural areas of the ward and although some issues have been raised we would like to use this leaflet to address our record on transport in the ward. It is true that services to Dalton Piercy and West Park were scheduled to stop on 3rd September 2018 (now looking more likely to be the end of the year) but the context in the Independent Candidates’ leaflet was lacking in any real fact.

The truth is that your local Conservative Councillors over the past 7 years have been paying approximately £14,000 to support the  transportation plan for the whole Rural West Ward. The service was deemed by the contractor, however, to be not worth the undertaking at a number of meetings over the years. We also need to be careful amidst the legal landscape of allocating any further contracts ensuring correct due diligence is delivered to avoid any conflict of interest with potential suppliers.

Given all of this information, your local ward Councillors are planning to meet and support a wider action plan that will hopefully result in a service once again being provided to the whole of our ward.

If you have any queries or concerns about the future of transport, please email: brenda.loynes@hartlepool.gov.uk, or mike.young@hartlepool.gov.uk


It is important as I start this new role as Councillor ensuring that residents are aware of what a great privilege and honour it is for me to have been elected. I have been involved in Conservative local and national politics for some 5 or even maybe 6 years now and have experience of local and general election campaigning always being proactive, determined, resolute and passionate about how Conservatives can make a difference for people in Hartlepool. I think you will also share some sympathy with me when you consider that I have knocked doors in all 11 wards in the town and taken the brunt of some often startling comments from residents in those areas.

I have fought as a prominent campaign officer in the last two general elections, with the last one bringing us the best result for a Conservative MP Candidate for 25 years and what an MP Carl Jackson would have been for this town. Missed opportunity I think!

I cannot tell you the number of miles I walked or doors we knocked on or leaflets I delivered along with our amazing team of activists, but I think my message here is that I work hard.

I currently work in education and within a learning support base at a school in Middlesbrough. I am passionate about supporting students who are finding things tough, or who are suffering disaffection or wider issues. I have a long and evidenced charity background, which has seen some incredible funds raised to support the regeneration of the town and I am even now involved in charitable organisations in the town that provide care services to some of the most vulnerable people in our society.

I want to support residents in their pursuit of a better deal for Rural West and I will do this by listening to concerns raised, working with local
government officers and officials in the best interests of that pursuit.

Thank you so much to those Rural West Ward residents for electing me to the position of Councillor and if you wish to get in touch with me, my details are below and I sincerely look forward to hearing from you.

Mike Young
07988 256040