Hartlepool Borough Council

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Hartlepool Borough Council
Third of council elected three years out of four
Houses Unicameral
Term limits
Founded 1 April 1974
New session started
2 May 2013 (Municipal year 2013/2014)
Christopher Akers-Belcher, Labour
Since 2 May 2013
Stephen Akers-Belcher
Since 2 May 2013
Last election
2012 (one third of councillors)
2014 (one third of councillors)
2015 (one third of councillors)
Next election
2016 (one third of councillors)

Hartlepool Borough Council is the local authority of the Borough of Hartlepool. It is a unitary authority, with the powers and functions of a non-metropolitan county and district council combined. Since 2 May 2013 the council has used the leader and cabinet model of executive arrangements. Between 2002 and 2013 it used rarer mayor and cabinet model with a directly elected mayor of Hartlepool. The current civic mayor of Hartlepool since 2 May 2013 is Stephen Akers-Belcher.


The executive function of Hartlepool Borough Council was controlled by a directly elected mayor of Hartlepool from 2002 to 2013.

Political control[edit]

Further information: Hartlepool local elections

Since 1995 political control of the council has been held by the following parties:[1]

Party in control Years
Labour 1995–2000
No overall control 2000–2004
Labour 2004–2008
No overall control 2008–2010
Labour 2010–present


  1. ^ "Hartlepool". BBC News Online. 19 April 2009. Retrieved 7 May 2010.