THE MAYOR of Thurrock, cllr Ann Cheale announced her retirement last night at the civic dinner held at the civic hall at Blackshots last night.
Cllr Cheale holds the seat for Corringham and Fobbing and was due to defend the seat on May 6th.
But in a surprise announcement, the former leader of the council, took the opportunity at the lavish bash to step down after decades representing the people of the borough.
Her retirement makes way for the Conservatives to regain the seat after the lady mayor left the party after tabling a vote of no confidence in Tory leader Garry Hague. YT understands the political assistant to Jackie Doyle Price and Stephen Metcalfe, Mark Coxshall is due to contest the seat for the Conservatives.