Ward by Ward: West Thurrock and South Stifford
AS we wind our way down the coastline as we look at the wards that are being contested in the local elections, we come to the long long corridor that is West Thurrock and South Stifford (WTSS).
There was a time, many years ago, when it has three Conservative councillors but those days seem to be long gone. Last year, the Tories were pleased at keeping the Labour victory down to 553.
They have another young candidate in Joseph Kaley, who as a young local man should get his teeth into this ward and give it a go. Despite national and international issues, he should see it as a moral victory if he can get that gap down to under 400.
The Labour candidate (and incumbent) is Victoria Holloway. Cllr Holloway has been a councillor since 2011 and has been part of a team of ward councillors that have made it a red fortress. Cllr Holloway’s main contribution to politicalise is her deft and effective running of the Health Committee.
She will have to go something to work as hard as last years winner, Cllr Qaisar Abbass but will benefit from Team Abbass.
There are many issues to get stuck into in this ward. From traffic, to crime, to pollution and education. Again, Labour will keep an eye on those numbers for future General Election.
The Thurrock Independents will also look for stability. Over 200 votes or 15% of vote would be encouraging.
Prediction: Labour Hold.
West Thurrock and South Stifford
Victoria Holloway (Lab)
Joseph Kaley (Cons)
Jimmy Mower (Thurrock Independents)
Qaisar Abbas (Lab): 1058
George Coxshall (Cons): 505
Michael Wager (Thurrock Independents): 191
Chris Boosey (Democrats and Veterans): 94