Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Labour: You’ve Got To Be In It To Win It

THREE months ago, YourThurrock published a comment piece the night after a full council meeting called “Eight Men Out” where we noted that for a variety of reasons, eight Labour councillors failed to turn up for a key meeting.

One of the concerns that has been expressed that if Labour get into power they do not have the strength in depth or the dynamism or energy to take Thurrock through a very challenging and yet exciting time in the borough’s history.

Last night there was a key meeting for the voluntary sector. Jobs, careers, offices are on the line. Many many organisations are worried that they will not have a future.

Senior executives from the voluntary sector attended at the Health and Well Being Overview and Scrutiny Committee. All the key council officers turned up. All the lay members turned up. All three Conservative councillors turned up. Only one Labour councillor attended.

As reported this morning, the committee rejected the call-in. If Labour had all turned up, if substitutes had been provided, then the call in would have been upheld.

We are sure there are valid reasons but it really hands the buoyant Tories the ammunition right in the middle of an election. It really hands the Tories the ammunition just as Gordon Brown is floundering and Jackie Doyle-Price appears to be swallowing up the 6,375 majority.

Locally as well, many of the Tories, incumbent and first timers will use this meeting to ask the question whether Labour have what it takes to run the administration. It is certainly a question worth asking……


  1. This is the question the whole of the voting public of Thurrock should ask themselves, do Labour have the personnel to deliver an administration? with so many of their senior councillors stepping down for one reason or another, they do not have anybody who could fill a cabinet position and deliver the service that Thurrock residents deserve, all they seem to be doing is putting their efforts into trying to get Mr Morris elected, and just hoping the locals will swing their way. My money says they will fail on both counts.

  2. Typical of the Labour councillors, obviously think they are all above attending meetings, it is about time this rabble were ejected from the council, they obviously can’t be bothered with the things that are going on in the borough.

    As chickenfeed1 has said I think the the Labour candidates for both the local and national elections are in for a mighty fall.



    Thurrock has two elections coming up.

    You have two choices to make. It would be easy to vote for the MP then go ditto for council.

    There are issues that need addressing in the area that I firmly believe can be resolved if you elect the right candidate.

    I am throwing my hat into Carl Morris’s ring on the election of MP. He has the credentials to do the job, I honestly believe he will get things done and is an ideal and honest replacement for Andrew.

    Now we have the local issues, yes I’m highlighting the Ferry and that the fact that it is not yet secured, a campaign started jointly with Carl who did a fantastic job in gaining the support of Perry at the Port.
    Carl is not returning to the council.

    You now have to ask, ”who will be the voice for the Ferry”, ”who will be the voice for the community”,
    There is only one voice that is shouting out for the community, that is mine, where are the others, where were they before?.

    Don’t fall into the trap of just putting Labour down because of Carl.
    It doesn’t work like that.
    Carl will be in Westminster, he will not be on the floor of the council.

    So when the decision comes to where you place your crosses,
    Vote ”Carl for Westminster”,
    Vote ”Ian for Thurrock”.

    That way you get the best of both worlds.
    In the words of Delboy, ‘You know it makes sense’.

  4. Ian you live on Canvey Island. Don’t come here and tell the people of Tilbury how they should vote. You are an outsider.

    The only reason the Port of Tilbury are splashing cash around the local community is because they are pushing plans to expand the port and build a massive lorry park on Tilbury marshes. They can’t buy us for 30 pieces of silver.

    As for your ferry campaign why the hell are Thurrock council giving over a single penny when Kent County Council own the route. Kent County Council should be paying all the costs to the ferry company.

  5. Hi Peter
    You are correct I do currently live on Canvey, it is my intention to relocate nearer if possible.
    With regards to the ferry I feel that this is an issue that will have a damning impact on the lives of many, these people deserve to be helped,
    I also have plans that involve the ferry, this is through the Tilbury Riverside Project of which I am the Volunteer Project Manager.
    You are right to mention the issue of funding, I will say here and now that I will explore every avenue to firstly protect the ferry then to see if there is a way to make it a more viable concern. Bringing in funding from various sourses.
    The ferry belongs to the community and needs to be secured.
    I must beg to differ with regards to the comments made about the Port of Tilbury, in fact the plans you mention are still just plans, which will be fully scrutinised and if need be objected to.
    Finally, I am respectfully asking for the people to vote for me furthermore, I am begging them to actually use their vote, sadly apathy is the true winner at elections.


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