Tom Davis (BNP)
Raj Mistry (UKIP)
Michael Stone (Lab)
Chris Scalise (Cons)
FOR some reason the Labour candidates over the past three years have won by a landslide. In 2008, Yash Gupta gained 456 votes more than the candidate who came second. Things were a lot closer in 2004 and 2006. It is easy enough to say Labour heartland but it has to be said that Labour have worked hard in the ward.
The outgoing candidate, Peter Harris, was the quintessential, quiet but effective councillor who could be seen around his ward. The same applied to Yash Gupta and the same applies to their candidate, Mike Stone, who has been the bedrock (sorry) of the community for many years.
Mike has run the Orchards Community Forum for years that continues to thrive and gain a healthy attendance in the ward. He has been keen fan of Grays Athletic and seen on the terraces for many years.
When the Sensory Garden in the park was vandalised, we could see how upset he was and when campaigning re the housing on Grove Road, again, he was very precise and reasonable in his arguments.
Another young Tory is also standing and will gain valuable experience on the doorsteps of the ward. The same can be said of Raj Mistry for UKIP whose very presence illustrates how far the team have come since the last local elections of 2008.
Prediction: Lab Hold