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Borough of Hartlepool
Status: Unitary, borough
Region: North East England
Admin. County: Durham
Ranked 227th
93.87 km²
Admin. HQ: Hartlepool
ONS code: 00EB
  Total (2008 est.):
Ranked 249th
977 / km²
Ethnicity: 97.9% White
1.0% S.Asian
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Hartlepool Borough Council
Leadership: Mayor & Cabinet
Executive: Independent mayor
Mayor: Stuart Drummond
MPs: Iain Wright (L)

Hartlepool is a local government district and borough in the ceremonial county of County Durham, North East England. In 2003 it had a resident population of 90,161. It borders the non-metropolitan county of County Durham to the north, Stockton-on-Tees to the west and Redcar and Cleveland to the south along the line of the River Tees. It is centred around the town of Hartlepool and forms part of the Tees Valley area.

It is made up of 17 council wards and is coterminous with the Hartlepool parliamentary constituency.



The district was formed on 1 April 1974, by a the merger of previous county borough of Hartlepool, along with the parishes of Brierton, Claxton, Dalton Piercy, Elwick, Elwick Hall, Greatham, Hart and Newton Bewley, from the Stockton Rural District, all of which had been part of the administrative county of Durham. It was one of the four districts of the new non-metropolitan county of Cleveland.

Cleveland was abolished in 1996 after a review by the Banham Commission, with the four boroughs of Stockton-on-Tees, Hartlepool, Redcar & Cleveland and Middlesbrough becoming unitary authorities. For ceremonial purposes Hartlepool returned to County Durham, however it continues to share certain local services with the other former Cleveland boroughs, including the Cleveland Police and Cleveland Fire Brigade.

Elected mayor

The Hartlepool borough is one of a small number in the United Kingdom to have a directly-elected mayor. This followed a referendum held in the borough in October 2001[1], and the first mayoral election was held in May 2002. The election became famous for being won by the mascot of Hartlepool United F.C., 'H'Angus the Monkey' [2], with a majority of approximately 500 over the second-placed Labour Party candidate. The man inside the monkey costume, Stuart Drummond, has served as mayor as an independent since then, being re-elected in 2005 with a majority of over 10,000[3] and again in 2009 with a second round majority of 844.

Places in the borough

As well as Hartlepool, locations within the borough include:


This is a chart of trend of regional gross value added of Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees at current basic prices published (pp.240-253) by Office for National Statistics with figures in millions of British Pounds Sterling.

Year Regional Gross Value Added4 Agriculture1 Industry2 Services3
1995 2,804 9 1,443 1,352
2000 3,252 6 1,359 1,887
2003 3,364 6 1,037 2,320

Note 1: includes hunting and forestry

Note 2: includes energy and construction

Note 3: includes financial intermediation services indirectly measured

Note 4: Components may not sum to totals due to rounding


  1. ^ Mark Sandford (March 2002). "Who wants an elected mayor? Lessons from the first wave". New Economy (Institute of Public Policy Research) 9 (1): 47–51. doi:10.1111/1468-0041.00239.  
  2. ^ BBC News (2002-05-03). "Monkey mascot elected mayor". Retrieved 2008-03-14.  
  3. ^ BBC News (2005-05-06). "Winning 'monkey' mayor gains wife". Retrieved 2008-03-14.  

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Coordinates: 54°41′11″N 1°12′39″W / 54.68639°N 1.21083°W / 54.68639; -1.21083



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