AFTER a forgettable 2010, many thought Thurrock Conservatives would have started the new year with added vigour and enthusiasm but at the first two meetings of the year, they appeared to have stayed away in droves.
The Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee and the “Task and Finish” group for Health and Well-Being Committee had a number of vital matters on the agenda on Tuesday: From the problems relating to Morrison and housing repairs through to funding for Impulse Leisure and the future of Thurrock libraries.
But while Labour boasted a full house, only two Conservatives attended: Ockendon councillor Barry Johnson and Homesteads councillor James Halden.
Aveley councillor Wendy Herd and shadow deputy leader Amanda Arnold (who has now not attended a meeting in two months) defended their non-presence citing childcare issues.
No substitutes replaced the absentee Conservatives: Cllrs MIke and Diane Revell were on holiday, cllr Lynn Carr was unavailable through illness. Stanford Cllr Danny Nicklen is unavailable for comment.