THURROCK voters got used to seeing Andrew Mackinlay being a thorn in the side of the government. It has taken them by surprise that it has taken only six months for Jackie Doyle Price to step into the role.
That may illustrate, what a Thurrock MP needs to do if they are to stand up for their constituents.
There has been a double whammy this week: the news regarding the 66% rise in the tolls was bad enough, now we hear that the improvement work on junction 30 for Lakeside will not happen for at least another four years.
Many had understood that not only was it necessary to ease the burden of traffic but that it had been mentioned several times as a key part of helping the increased traffic that will come as part of the deep water port at DP World in Stanford-le-Hope.
It was an early morning start for Jackie as she helped out in the community day at Seabrooke Rise but we spoke to her regarding these controversial issues.