Commons By-election: Hartlepool

Voters go to the polls in a Commons by-election at Hartlepool on May 6 caused by the resignation of sitting Labour MP Mike Hill following sexual harassment allegations.

Nominations closed: Thursday, April 8, at 1600.
Polling: Thursday, May 6, from 0700 to 2200.
The result is expected on Friday, May 7.

For details of messages in XML format for digital products, please see the relevant advisories at Message Specifications.

Candidates

 

1. Hartlepool

Jill Mortimer (C)
Paul Williams (Lab)
Andrew Hagon (LD)
Rachel Featherstone (Green)
John Prescott (Reform UK)
Steve Jack (FA)
Claire Martin (Heritage)
Adam Gaines (Ind)
Sam Lee (Ind)
Thelma Walker (Ind)
W Ralph Ward-Jackson (Ind)
The Incredible Flying Brick (Loony)
Chris Killick (ND)
Hilton Dawson (NE Party)
David Bettney (Soc Dem)
Gemma Evans (Women)

Eligible electorate: TBA

Nominations messages are sent with candidates’ names and parties and a summary of the previous election result.

Party abbreviations

Conservative – C
Labour – Lab
Liberal Democrat – LD
Green Party – Green
Reform UK – Reform
Freedom Alliance – FA
Hertiage Party – Heritage
Independent – Ind
Monster Raving Loony Party – Loony
No description – ND
The North East Party – NE Party
Social Democratic Party – Soc Dem
Women’s Equality Party – Women

Additional parties in this seat at the 2019 General Election:
Brexit Party – Brexit
Socialist Labour Party – Soc Lab

Results – content

 

As soon as the result is declared, a rush message will be sent giving the winning party.
Example text:

  • Labour hold in Hartlepool
  • [Party] gain from Labour in Hartlepool

This will be followed by the full result message.
This will give details of party hold or gain from another party, followed by candidates in votes order, giving their votes, percentage share, percentage share change since the 2019 General Election, plus majority, percentage majority, swing from the 2017 election, turnout, percentage turnout and turnout percentage change since 2017.
The swing will be between the winning party and the losing party if the constituency changes hands and between first and second candidates where there is no change.
A summary of the previous election result and any intervening by-election results will be included.

If a result has to be corrected, a fresh full result message will be sent – marked as a correction in wire messages or with a higher version number in XML for digital. Where there is a change to a winning party, a rush correction will be sent in the same way.

December 2019 UK General Election result

296 HARTLEPOOL
Lab hold
*Mike Hill (Lab) 15,464 (37.68%, –14.83%)
Stefan Houghton (C) 11,869 (28.92%, –5.30%)
Richard Tice (Brexit) 10,603 (25.84%)
Andy Hagon (LD) 1,696 (4.13%, +2.35%)
Joe Bousfield (Ind) 911 (2.22%)
Kevin Cranney (Soc Lab) 494 (1.20%)
Lab maj 3,595 (8.76%)
4.76% swing Lab to C
Electorate 70,855; Turnout 41,037 (57.92%, –1.24%)
2017: Lab maj 7,650 (18.29%) – Turnout 41,835 (59.16%)
Hill (Lab) 21,969 (52.51%); Jackson (C) 14,319 (34.23%); Broughton (UKIP) 4,801 (11.48%); Hagon (LD) 746 (1.78%)

XML Format for digital

 

Nominations messages with candidate details, rush messages with the winning party, and full result messages are provided in XML format for digital.
For details of messages in XML format, please see the relevant advisories at Message Specifications. As well as a detailed advisory on XML format, advisories include descriptions of specific XML messages and examples of historical and test XML (sets are provided in downloadable zip folders).

Wire formats

 

Nominations messages with candidate details will be catchlined ELECTION Nominations followed by the name of the election. Example:

ELECTION Nominations Hartlepool by-election

The nominations message will be category-coded:
XTA for plain text (TTY)
XDA for data format.

Rush messages with the winning party will be catchlined POLL and a constituency reference followed by the constituency serial number, 1. Example:

POLL Hartlepool 1
The rush (in plain text) will be category-coded: XTJ
This will be followed by the full result message under the same catchline, POLL Hartlepool 1
The full result will be category-coded:
XTB for plain text (TTY)
XDB for data format.

Historical (2010) examples in plain text (TTY) and data format:

296 HARTLEPOOL
Lab hold
*Iain Wright (Lab) 16,267 (42.54%, -8.97%)
Alan Wright (C) 10,758 (28.13%, +16.68%)
Reg Clark (LD) 6,533 (17.08%, -13.32%)
Stephen Allison (UKIP) 2,682 (7.01%, +3.47%)
Ronnie Bage (BNP) 2,002 (5.24%)
Lab maj 5,509 (14.41%)
12.82% swing Lab to C
Electorate 68,923; Turnout 38,242 (55.49%, +3.96%)
2005: Lab maj 7,478 (21.10%) – Turnout 35,436 (51.52%)
Wright (Lab) 18,251 (51.50%); Dunn (LD) 10,773 (30.40%); Vigar (C)
4,058 (11.45%); Springer (UKIP) 1,256 (3.54%); Harrison (Soc Lab) 373
(1.05%); Ryder (Green) 288 (0.81%); Hobbs (Ind) 275 (0.78%);
Headbanger (Loony) 162 (0.46%)

{00}296} }HARTLEPOOL} }} }68,923} }38,242} }55.49} }+3.96} }} }} }
{02}Lab} }hold} }} }5,509} }14.41} }12.82} }C} }Lab
{03}*} }*} }} }Iain} }Wright} }Lab} }16,267} }42.54} }-8.97} }} }
{03}} }} }} }Alan} }Wright} }C} }10,758} }28.13} }+16.68} }} }
{03}} }} }} }Reg} }Clark} }LD} }6,533} }17.08} }-13.32} }} }
{03}} }} }} }Stephen} }Allison} }UKIP} }2,682} }7.01} }+3.47} }} }
{03}} }} }} }Ronnie} }Bage} }BNP} }2,002} }5.24} }} }} }
{06}G} }May} }2005} }Lab} }7,478} }21.10} }35,436} }51.52
{07}*} }Wright} }Lab} }18,251} }51.50
{07}} }Dunn} }LD} }10,773} }30.40
{07}} }Vigar} }C} }4,058} }11.45
{07}} }Springer} }UKIP} }1,256} }3.54
{07}} }Harrison} }Soc Lab} }373} }1.05
{07}} }Ryder} }Green} }288} }0.81
{07}} }Hobbs} }Ind} }275} }0.78
{07}} }Headbanger} }Loony} }162} }0.46

If a result has to be corrected, the catchline will be styled POLL Correction followed by the constituency name and serial number. Example: POLL Correction Hartlepool 1. Where there is a change to the winning party a rush correction will be sent, catchlined POLL Correction Hartlepool 1.
Note that data format is an old specification used in the past for print. Although it is still supported, customers are encouraged to switch to using the XML version for print purposes instead.
Further information about wire formats can be found in the detailed document at https://election.pressassociation.com/Specifications/wire.php

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