Council leader John Kent: Meeting the challenge

OBSERVERS have seen council leader John Kent grow into the role as council leader over the last eight months. Many saw the Labour leader’s speech at the opening of the Royal Opera House last week and wondered whether he had loftier ambitions in the future. However, YourThurrock wanted to speak to the leader about more immediate issues.

John reflects on the last eight months: the economic condition; staffing in the council and the economic challenge ahead.

We spoke to John about the performance of his portfolio holders; his relationships with the two Conservative MP’s which some Labour insiders feel is a bit too cosy and whether. like the Conservatives, Labour are performing too many u-turns.

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