Brexit Party and Conservative party in coalition for Hartlepool Council
The Brexit Party has pledged to "put country before party", after forming a coalition with three local Conservative councillors in Hartlepool.
The Conservative and Brexit coalition comprises of 13 councillors, the largest group in the Hartlepool council, which has 33 seats.
While the coalition does not have a majority, the Brexit Party has only existed since the beginning of 2019, making this alliance particularly significant.
The party has taken over the running of Hartlepool Borough council, with ten independent councillors joining on Thursday evening.
The new group has replaced the existing Independent Union and Conservative Group.
Prior to this, Burnley was the only council in England to have a governing coalition, while Labour lost control of all Tees Valley councils in the May election.
Shane Moore, the council leader, said "In a town like Hartlepool that overwhelming voted to leave the EU, people will be sat watching the events unfolding in Westminster in disbelief”.
"We want to send a very clear message to the Labour Party and other politicians, that we won't sit idly by and allow them to block Brexit."
Seventy per cent of voters in Hartlepool voted to Leave in the EU referendum in 2016.
Richard Tice, chairman of the Brexit Party said: "Regardless of the shenanigans in Westminster, Brexiteers in the North East are pushing to take back control so they can respect the Brexit vote."