WE caught up with Thurrock MP, Jackie Doyle-Price as she was conducting a follow-up surgery in Seabrooke Rise in Grays. It has been a hectic first few weeks for Jackie but she seemed energised but at the same time relaxed.
Although Jackie is working from the nooks and crannies of the House of Commons with her laptop precariously perched, she appears to have the business in hand at her fingertips.
Jackie is encouraged that Headteachers across the borough have been filling in the on-line application to become Academies.
Comfortable with the coalition (Nick Clegg is an MP for Jackie’s hometown of Sheffield) and see a number of issues where they share common ground especially in the matter of the landslide of laws put through by the labour government over the last decade.
Closer to home, Jackie is keen to mollify the voluntary and other groups worried that their funding will dry up with the mooted break up of East of England Development Association (EEDA).
Monthly surgeries at the Civic Offices start this friday as well as mobile surgeries.
Finally, Jackie shoots from the hip when it comes to the subject of Thurrock Council.
Ms Doyle-Price said: “I don’t think Thurrock Council is a good example of how local government should work.
“I don’t think either political party has covered themselves in glory in recent months.
“I think the whole issue of the Planning Committee needs external attention and I don’t think putting Terry Hipsey in the chair is the solution.”