Mary Cartwright has scooped the first win for the North East Party – formed six months ago – in the first election it has fought.
Councillor Cartwright, who represents the Eden Hill ward of Peterlee, which comes under the remit of Peterlee Town Council, said: “I am absolutely delighted to have won.
“I am determined to serve the people of Eden Hill well.”
Susan McDonnell, NEP prospective parliamentary candidate for Easington said: “Mary Cartwright will be a fabulous addition to Peterlee Council, standing up for people, independently and well.
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“She is a brilliant example of NEP politics in action, a breath of fresh air to the tired old politics of North East England and she has already shown us that we can win.”