embers of Hartlepool’s enterprise group have erected a 30-foot inflatable mannequin of Boris Johnson exterior the rely for the city’s by-election.
Voters within the city backed Tory candidate Jill Mortimer to be their subsequent MP over Labour’s Dr Paul Williams – an avid Remainer and second-referendum campaigner throughout his time as MP for Stockton South from 2017-19 – in a uncommon by-election victory for a celebration in energy for greater than a decade.
The Conservative, who declared it a “really historic outcome”, secured a 6,940 majority successful 15,529 votes to Dr Williams’ 8,589.
The 20-strong group, referred to as the Hartlepool Wombles, mentioned the 4am stunt was not a political assertion however reasonably heralded a historic change within the city.
The inflatable Prime Minister with thumbs aloft, price round £2,000 and was certainly one of a number of blow-up characters they’ve purchased.
They erect the characters at totally different elements of the city to painting it in a superb mild.
One of many group, who requested to not be named, mentioned: “We’re doing this to mark a historic change in Hartlepool.
“I’m not significantly political, in truth I didn’t even vote.
“I believe this exhibits Hartlepool in a constructive mild and the city has at all times had a unusual character.”