Cheale Ousted As Hague Stands Firm

TORY leader Garry Hague’s tough stance on rebel Tory Anne Cheale continues as the Tory Group voted to boot her out of the group.

Former Tory leader, Cllr Cheale has tabled a vote of no confidence in Cllr Hague which is set to be heard at tomorrow (wednesday) nights Full Council Meeting.

The vote took place last night at a meeting of the Thurrock Conservative Group.

Cllr Garry Hague said: “The Conservative Group has prescribed processes and procedures for dealing with grievances against the Leader and indeed any other member of the party.

Cllr Cheale has ignored all of these procedures in submitting her motion to Full Council. Consistent with the rules of the Conservative Group, Cllr Cheale has been offered all due opportunity to amend this situation but has chosen not to.

“She did not attend the Group meeting on 22nd February to explain her reasons.

“Cllr Cheale has left the Conservative Group with no alternative but to remove the Whip from her which means she will no longer be a part of the official Conservative Group on Thurrock Council.

“I am sorry to our residents that this issue has occurred. I can only assure them that Thurrock’s Conservative Group remains focused on ensuring that Thurrock Council is an improving Council and realises it’s full potential for the benefit of our residents and those doing business here.

“I have led Thurrock Council over the past year and good progress has been made in many areas. The Audit Commission recently rated Thurrock as an improving council and it is one of the fastest improving councils in the country. We achieved our best ever GCSE results, our services for vulnerable people are highly rated, we maintain a strong focus on community safety, improving the environment in Thurrock, and delivering value for money for residents.”

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