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Brentford 0 - Hartlepool 0

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With politics out of the way, residents in post-election Hartlepool can take a satisfying look at the economics of the housing market, says Robert Liebman

So, what is he up to?

What was that all about, then? It was almost as if Tony Blair fell out of a door into the street, tie askew, shouted incomprehensible words at shadowy figures in an upstairs window, then retreated, slamming the door behind him and leaving us, the people in the street, looking at each other and wondering what was going on.

Not the war?

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Judo brown belt challenges hometown boy in the fight for Mandelson's former title

The Owton Manor sequence dancing group is ideal canvassing territory for Iain Wright, the young councillor who wants to prove that he won't repeat the outgoing Hartlepool MP's fabled failure to distinguish between guacamole and mushy peas.

Battle for Hartlepool begins as Mandelson leaves Westminster

The former cabinet minister Peter Mandelson formally stepped down as a Member of Parliament yesterday to take up his new position as a European Commissioner.

Hartlepool gets stuck into MP who cashed chips for gravy train

It is said that Peter Mandelson never endeared himself to his Hartlepool constituents after a story ­ perhaps apocryphal ­ emerged that he confused the fish and chip shop side order of mushy peas with guacamole, a rather more metropolitan delicacy.

A soothsayer's riddles are never easy to read

The former Northern Ireland Secretary and MP for Hartlepool knows all about the value of words, which is why his every utterance is parsed as though it had arrived by messenger from the ancient oracle at Delphi. So when Peter Mandelson says - as he does in an interview to be broadcast this week - that Gordon Brown is a "a big politician with very big ideas ... and has many more big ideas in him", we prick up our ears.

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