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Mayoral Monkey Business Starts Again

Magazine article Public Finance

Mayoral Monkey Business Starts Again

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Hartlepool mayor Stuart Drummond - who is better known by his pseudonym !!'Angus the Monkey - is among a clutch of elected mayors standing for reelection.

Hartlepool Borough Council, which has a slender Labour majority, confirmed this week that Drummond is 'fully expected' to be on the ballot paper for the election on May 5 as an independent candidate.

He was first elected in May 2002, when he took more than 60% of the vote with his slogan of'free bananas for schoolchildren'. At the time, Drummond was Hartlepool Football Club's mascot, H'Angus the monkey. The mascot took its name from the tale that Hartlepool's residents were said to have hanged a monkey during the Napoleonic wars because they thought it was a French spy.

The former call centre worker s election was seen as a huge embarrassment for ministers, who had hoped directly elected mayors would prompt a revival in interest in local government, only to see a monkey mascot elected. …

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