BACK in 2016, Stanford East and Corringham Town UKIP councillor, Colin Churchman, defected to the Conservatives.
Almost immediately, the leader of the Thurrock Ukip, cllr Graham Snell called for a by-election.
Cllr Graham Snell said: “Recently in Council ‘Real Recall’ was discussed where councillors failing to represent their constituents would be forced to resign…..Part of the agreement was councillors changing party would stand down and fight a by-election.
“Cllr Churchman was elected as a UKIP Cllr but we quickly found out he was incompatible with our group whereupon he left and became an Independent.
“We look forward to Cllr Gledhill announcing the date of the upcoming by-election.
With the shock announcement that all 17 UKIP councillors have defected to the newly formed Thurrock Independents, it will be interesting to see if there will now be seventeen by-elections.
They have announced that they will be putting forward candiates in all sixteen wards up at the local elections on May 3rd this year.
We have asked their press spokesperson and await a reply.
The only candidates who are up for re-election are:
Aveley: Tim Aker
Belhus: Jan Baker
Ockendon: Chris Baker
Stanford East and Corringham Town: Roy Jones
Stifford Clays: Graham Snell