The Tory candidate for Hartlepool ‘hasn’t spent a lot of time’ in the city
Angela Rayner accused the Conservative candidate for Hartlepool of having “more connections to tax havens than Hartlepool town center” after it was revealed that she had spent a decade away from the constituency – including time in the districts. Cayman Islands tax havens.
Jill Mortimer, a landowner lawyer from North Yorkshire, admitted that she had not “spent much time” in the city after spending a decade in London and abroad.
Local conservative voters complained that the party had “thrown everything at someone outside the zone,” according to reports in The mirror.
It comes as polls put the Tories seven points ahead of Labor in a by-election called after Mike Hill resigned amid allegations of sexual harassment, which he denies.
There will be 16 candidates in total, with the division of votes being a major factor in deciding the outcome.
Recent revelations about Ms Mortimer came from a biography written for her former farm guesthouse website, which reveals that before moving to Thirsk, about 30 miles from Hartlepool, she spent a decade in London and abroad, including the weather. in the Caribbean island.
In response, a Conservative Party spokesperson pointed fire to Dr Paul Williams, the Labor candidate, for spending time living abroad himself.
Dr Williams moved to rural Uganda in 2006, where he spent four years working as a volunteer to help set up a community health program.
The spokesperson said: “Jill has lived and worked in many different places and it is no shock to see a family move to where their work takes them.
“Indeed, former MP Dr Paul Williams once said during a debate in the House of Commons:” Living for a long time in a different culture gives you special insight “after living abroad. for several years.
“The varied life experiences that Jill has had, based on hard work and raising a family, mean that she has all the attributes and qualities necessary to be a great MP for Hartlepool and meet the priorities of the people in a city that was taken for granted. by Labor for 57 years.
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