Key week for Thurrock Tories

THE THURROCK Conservative group have tabled a series of tough questions for the ruling Labour group at tomorrow (Tuesday) nights council meeting.

An impressive performance may well buoy the party to go into the local elections on May 5th in good heart. A lacklustre one and they may well go back to their wards and prepare for obscurity.

Leader of the Conservative Group, cllr Garry Hague said: “We will be robustly challenging what Labour are proposing with respect to cutting these key front line services during the debate in the Council Chamber on 1st March.

“Whilst we support the need to make efficiency savings to help the Coalition Government deal with the financial crisis left by the last Labour Government, Thurrock Councils’ Labour administration has decided where the axe will fall in Thurrock and what services they plan to cut.

“Conservatives have serious concerns at the way a number of front line services valued by residents have been targeted by Labour for cuts”.

The Conservatives will also be targeting the Labour administration over the brewing controversy over primary school places in Tilbury.

The group are also not letting go of the Basildon hospital controversy where many Tories in public and in private feel that council leader John Kent’s position on the board of the beleaguered hospital leaves Labour vulnerable.

Outside the chamber, YourThurrock understands that despite less than ten weeks to go before the local elections, the Tories have yet to field a number of candidates in the wards, especially in the west of the borough whilst in the east, their vote will be in danger of splitting as UKIP and Concerned Conservative candidates may be competing against them.

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