Election 2019: why is Hartlepool the Brexit party’s top target? – podcast

Hartlepool has been held by Labour for 55 years, including for more than a decade by the arch-Blairite Peter Mandelson. In 2016, 70% of voters in the north-east town chose to leave the EU and the council is dominated by the Brexit party. It tops the target list of Nigel Farage’s party, whose chair, Richard Tice, is standing as a candidate.

Anushka Asthana joined producer Joshua Kelly, who grew up in Hartlepool, to see how much of a threat the Brexit party is to Labour. They met candidates, voters and community organisers desperate to highlight the potential of the town and shake off its “left behind” stereotype.

Also today: Sonia Sodha reflects on a week of the campaign dominated by flooding in the north of England.

Richard Tice in Hartlepool

Photograph: Scott Heppell/Reuters

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