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Labour has forgotten about our young people - Letter to the Mail

February 20, 2019 6:37 PM
By Andy Hagon

The BBC did an analysis recently on where the best places were to live, if you were under 26 - and Hartlepool didn't fare well. Overall we got 4 out of 10, actually a flattering score considering 'mobile phone access' and cheap 'rental accommodation' (both 9 out of 10) pushed our average up. But when you looked at what there was for young people to do here, we scored particularly badly. We got 1 out of 10 for 'Going out' places, 2 out of 10 for sports facilities, and a particularly galling 0 out of 10 for employment (I think we were the only place in the country to get 0).

And what is the Hartlepool Labour Party doing about this? Not a great deal. Tees Valley has just won a £1.3million Government bid to build two hydrogen refuelling stations on Teesside - but they aren't being built here in Hartlepool. Why not? These are just the sort of high quality jobs we need in the town. But no - we are building a Waterfront development which will create mainly seasonal, low paid work. Time and again Hartlepool gets the worst of it - there's clearly no one fighting for our children's future.

In fact, what is Councillor Akers-Belcher doing about this as Council Leader? I think he referred to young people as 'my children' in a recent article, as he's the Tees Valley Combined Authority Cabinet member responsible for Education, Employment and Skills. He needs to be worried about 'his kids' in Hartlepool, instead of swanning round Teesside with his big budget. Labour has forgotten our young people, and I wonder if they'll remember this when they vote. 20th Feb Mail article