Unlike in many local council areas, the count after the Hartlepool by-election began promptly after the polls close.

The by-election was called after the resignation of the Labour MP, Mike Hill.

The winner of the 2021 by-election will appear here when announced in the early hours of Friday morning.

These were the candidates on the ballot paper:

Polls closed at 10pm on Thursday across the UK in the local elections - and the Hartlepool by-election to choose a new MP.

The count is taking palce after polls close with the results expected between 4am and 6am.