James Halden (Conservative)
Kay Hipsey (UKIP)
Paul Woodley (BNP)
Tony Benson (Lab)
With Tory majorities of 200 in 2007 and 300 in 2008, the Tories seemed to have pulled away in The Homesteads and there is every indication that they may well pull away even further in 2010. Then again, they have done the hard yards and all three councillors were very assiduous in supporting constituents with recent planning applications.
Interviewing Tory candidate James Halden in the ward during thursdays rush hour, you got a better idea of how many people who live in The Homesteads commute. For them (and indeed) most people, the minutae of the Thurrock political bubble means nothing to them. For most, they will vote on the national issues, which will probably be bad news for Labour.
We are sure Tony Benson has been running a steadfast campaign but Labour may, should they lose by 300 votes, how they bridge that gap in 2011. It can be done.
Former Tory stalwart, Kay Hipsey could have upset the applecart had she been feeling a little brighter. Having said that, every resident in the ward will receive a UKIP newspaper this week. That may get a few people thinking.