WE have to admit that we have a soft spot for the Independent candidates in Thurrock. We hope that doesn’t sound patronising but the idea of the non-aligned man or woman standing up for what concerns them in their ward is admirable and perhaps strikes at the heart of local democracy.
Of course, some may say that the two Independent candidates in East Tilbury may illustrate where the difficulties lay especially when your voting record shows a definite empathy with the Conservative Party.
Keith Hatcher is standing in Tilbury Riverside and Thurrock Park. He stood last year and gained a highly creditable 312 votes.
He may well do even better this year as, by his own admission, did not do a lot of work in Tilbury last year.
YT spoke to Keith about his policies, what his campaign is based on and told us whether he would vote with one side or another.
You never know, with Labour unlikely to poll more than 500, if Keith could find those extra 200 votes then it could get interesting.