Ray Martin-Wells vacated his Rural West Seat back in May 2018 after a fantastic tenure in public office. Highlights include the successful navigation of the full council budget for his duration as Chair of Audit and Governance amidst some of the most hard hitting cuts that local authorities have seen for some time to the successful High Court ruling that he secured resulting in much needed health services remaining at Hartlepool Hospital and the overseeing of the transfer of Urgent Care Services from the One Life Centre to Hartlepool Hospital, giving back a key services to that facility.

In the by-election held thereafter, Mike Young was duly elected to the Council having been originally nominated by Ray Martin-Wells and accepted for selection by the wider association. Mike has hit the ground running and commented after his first month in to the role,

“I have been busy working with residents in the ward, visiting people in all areas including the more rural farms across the A19. My attendance at Dalton Piercy, Elwick and Greatham Parish Council meetings along with the hard working Park Residents Association meeting have given me an insight into what the area expects, needs and I will be looking at ways in which I can be of use – working with council officers in the interests of positive outcomes.”

Mike has made fantastic progress with key support opportunities within the ward and received fantastic help during his campaign by local activists, Councillor Loynes, Ray Martin-Wells, Andrew Martin-Wells new Campaign Manager Veronica Nicholson, By Election Assistant Campaign Manager Cameron Stokell, Den Loynes, Dave Nicholson, Carl Jackson, Abigail Jackson, Christine Marshall, Martyn Robertshaw, Laura Marshall and Councillors from further afield – Jacob Young from Middlesbrough and Matthew Vickers from Stockton. Finally Mike was very happy to receive help at his final action day from Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen who was very keen to support and find ways of helping in the future.

Mike along with Councillors Brenda Loynes and George Morris will be looking to continue with the pragmatic work that has gone on beforehand and bring about the best possible outcomes for ward and town residents.



Hello everyone, I thought it might be worth me introducing myself. I must admit that I feel the need for more regular updates about what Councillors and the wider Association are doing.

Ray Martin-Wells, George Morris and I have served the ward well and have always striven to be the best representatives for the ward that we possibly can be and now with Mike Young taking over from Ray, we will continue to be supportive of all local residents.

We will continue to be a positive voice for the ward and town and with that in mind, we would welcome residents to help shape our direction. The Rural West Ward has a very large geography and we would like to hear in a more direct and open way. With this in mind, we hope you enjoy reading the content of our website and would ask that you might complete the short survey on the link found here www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NKV5SDD.

Cllr Brenda Loynes
Conservative Group Leader



We have Conservatives activists working hard in other wards of the town. Projects that they have been assisting with include the unsafe exit from Queensbury Avenue on to Elwick Road in the Burn Valley Ward. After sharing the information with Council officers, it has been requested that the street be reviewed and considered to be classed as a one way street moving in the direction from Elwick Road to Park Road. Further updates will be supplied as and when they are received.

We have also been working within the Victoria Ward in support of some disabled residents and is working with the council to try and get better gritting services for those with mobility and access issues so that these can be better planned for before winter sets in.

Finally, there have been positive conversations with the council around the potential installation of a controlled crossing on West View Road, across the dual carriageway from the playground to where the former community police hub used to be.  Updates will be passed on as they develop.


Carl Jackson – Conservative MP Candidate

We were excited to select Carl Jackson as our parliamentary candidate just over a week ago.

We asked Carl to outline his vision for Hartlepool outlining his campaign plan for the General Election.

I am proud to be the Conservative candidate for Hartlepool.

Over the next month, I look forward to making the case that only the Conservative Party offers the credible, experienced leadership this country needs to achieve the best Brexit for Britain, and to forge new trade relationships with the rest of the world.

Like most Hartlepudlians, I voted for Brexit and believe that it offers huge opportunities for the town and for the North East as a whole. However, to get the right deal in Brussels over the next 2 years, we need Theresa May in charge of the negotiations, not Jeremy Corbyn.

I look forward to hearing more about your views between now and June 8th.

EVENT: Coffee Morning on Thursday, 23rd March 2017

We are very excited to invite you to our next coffee morning, held at The Duke of Cleveland, Church Walk, Hartlepool at 10.30am.

Our last coffee morning was a huge success, with new members joing our association and agreeing that Hartlepool needs real change in order to kick start all of the many socio-economic needs. People are agreeing with the Conservative aims of allowing strength to come from a collective ambition to support people to do well, through hard work and determination.

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 at info@hartlepoolconservatives.com.

Hartlepool Conservative Association AGM

On Wednesday, 6th March 2017, we met at Hartlepool Cricket Club in West Park to discuss the previous year and things planned for the future.

An amazing amount of progress has been made this year and we look forward to working even harder to strengthen our position and further our impact throughout Hartlepool into 2017.

If you wish to receive more information about how you might become a member of the local association, please contact  our secretary Chris McKenna on 01429 232949 and ask for Andrew Martin-Wells, Deputy Chairman – Membership, who will be very happy to help you.

EVENT: Coffee Morning on Tuesday, 10th January 2017


Following on from the great success of our last coffee morning earlier in November, it has been decided that a regular morning for members, the executive and potential future members should happen.

We are pleased to announce that two new members were signed up at our November coffee morning and we aim to invite anyone who has an interest in supporting the town and finding out a little more about what the local Conservative Association are working on.

The coffee morning will be held at the Duke of Cleveland, Headland, Hartlepool at the usual time of 10.30am.

If you wish to find out more about the coffee morning, please contact us at infor@hartlepoolconservatives.com.

EVENT: Coffee Morning, Wednesday, 16th November 2016

We have a fantastic opportunity for existing members, new members, people who are thinking about becoming members and those who simply want to find out more information to come along to our Coffee Morning organised by Executive Committee member, Mrs Jean McKenna, Womans Chair.

The arrangements are for us to meet between 10.30am and 12noon on Wednesday, 16th November 2016 at the former Conservative Society premises, now the Duke of Cleveland public house.

Coffee and cakes will be served for a small donation with Councillors and members of the Hartlepool Conservative Association available to chat and answer any questions you may have. We will also be discussing with new and existing members who attend what the future holds for our own programme of activism and how everyone can be involved.

Please get in touch with Mrs McKenna for further information by emailing events@hartlepoolconservatives.com.