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

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