Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Cheale Wins But Hague Survives

THURROCK Council Tory Leader Garry Hague lost a vote of no confidence tabled by former Tory Leader, Corringham councillor Anne Cheale.

Cllr Cheale, who was booted out of the Tory group yesterday was supported in her motion by 23 Labour councillors and the BNP councillor Emma Colgate.

Twenty-one Tories  and the two East Tilbury Independents voted against it.

Fellow Corringham councillor Ian Harrison absented himself from the chamber throughout the debate and vote, standing in the council foyer.

Cllr Cheale explained her reasons for tabling the vote of no confidence.

She believed that Cllr Hague had made an “Error of having the affairs of council discussed in public by a paid official”

It is understood that Cllr Cheale was referring to the decision to bring in QC John Hobson to advise the Planning Committee (of which Cllr Cheale is a member) that two decisions to build on the Green Belt could be legally challenged.

“You should have upheld the will of the council. That is your prime duty.”

In summing up, Cllr Cheale recalled an old nursery rhyme

“A man of words and not of deeds. Is like a garden full of weeds”

Before the debate started, a council monitoring officer confirmed that the result of the vote would have “no constitutional significance”.

Once the vote had been cast the business of the evening continued as usual.


  1. No real supprise in the way the votes were cast, you would expect the Labour party to try and oust the leader as he is a Tory but by the sounds of things the vote counted for nothing at the end of the day as it had no constitutional significance, so the vote really was a pie in the sky.

    Do the current Labour memeber really think they could do a better job than what is already being done, think back to when Cllr Morris was in charge, we had several defections from the party and the council wasted just as much money as it does now so nothing would be any difference, the majority of these elected councillors are their to progress their own dreams not those of the electorate.

    Cllr Cheale has proved nothing with her planned attack on the leadership.

  2. When Gary was asked at last-nights meeting how much bob coomber was paid a year, considering these questions have to be posted in two weeks before the meeting Gary still didn’t bother to have this information to hand could it be that Gary was too embarrassed to quote the huge sum while making cuts to Ngage. And if this was not the case why didn’t Gary lean over his right shoulder and ask coomber who we also think would likewise be embarrassed. Well Gary how much is he paid ? i think it could be as much as one thousand pounds to fourteen hundred pounds a day ?

  3. An old work coleague of mind and old style Labour man was deselected by the “Ego” and his cohorts ,his crime seemed to be he would not toe the New Labour party line,wanted to do the best for his electors,that would never do in the Local Labour party.Barry Palmer another traditional Labour man became an independent because the way the local party was going.

    Seems to me The Local Labour Group at the moment consists of the “Ego” and Councillor Kent,we rarely here from the other members of the group.

  4. Perman dont start talking about ego’s in the Labour Group when the only thing bigger than Garry’s ego is the size of his backside through which he talks out of alot in his job.


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