Sunday, June 23, 2024

Election 2011: Ward by Ward: Grays Thurrock

Labour’s Cathy Kent won by 464 votes four years ago and may well extend that majority on May 5th. Cathy will be greatly helped by the recent controversies over the possible sale of Thurrock Adult Community College and Grays Beach Park.

Cathy is one of those, “quietly working behind the scenes” candidates. Sometimes that may be mistaken for not doing a lot but in Cathy’s case it is all about the real grassroots casework.

For many people, the work of a councillor is about the minutae of daily life. Casework that may be trivial to you, until it affects you. The streetlight, the opening hours, the neighbours, crime, parking. The list is endless. And when you live and work in a ward with a multiplicity of needs then that casework builds up.

What helps Cathy is that Grays Thurrock, like Ockendon has three councillors that seem to work well together. On the morning of the interview, Cathy was joined by fellow councillors, Yash Gupta MBE and Mike Stone in their bi-monthly surgeries at Doug Siddons Court in Elm Road.

In many ways, Cathy is one of those councillors, who “knows her place” Who enjoys life on the backbenches, would probably feel uncomfortable with a portfolio but is there for the people of the borough.

For the rest of the candidates, it would be a good ward to cut your teeth in and indeed make a few inroads as the Conservative candidates in Grays Riverside, Charlie Key did last year. Not much sign of the others so far but if they do appear on the radar, then we will let you know.

Grays Thurrock
Traci Barnes (Conservative)
Tom Davis (British National Party)
Will Jackson (Liberal Democrat)
Catherine Angela Kent (Labour)
Raj Mistry (United Kingdom Independence Party)


  1. Another biased report by YT… Shame…
    The problem with places like Grays, Thurrock is that there are 3 ineffective Labour councillors but, the voters are so used to voting Labour, they do….

  2. Maybe the people of Thurrock might stand tall and try a different approach in May and vote for the councillor that actually does what they say they are going to do, don’t think I have actually met my local councillor even at times when they want the votes you never see them on the streets anymore only in the papers or on sites like these when a photo opportunity presents itself.

    Wonder what would happen if everyone in the borough decided not to actually place a vote???

  3. Cathy is a hard working local Councilor, she works for her residents, her 2 fellow counciolrs do the same to say anything else is just plain wrong, does anyone who has made comments live in the ward or are you all just looking over the fence

  4. i used to work with Cathy wen i was part of a residets group and her comitment and passion for helping her local residents was there for all to see .
    she may not be in the local papers every week banging a drum about some issue or another but behind the scenes she is doing so much work for the people she represents.
    I don’t live in her ward and i think you can guess what way i would vote if i did .

  5. I assume that it was Mrs Kent that was walking around with Mt Gupta yesterday canvassing for votes, they did not even introduce themselves just asked if they could count on my vote, at no point did they give me any indication what their campaign was about or even leave me with any pamphlets to read, I told them that I was not voting Labour and I would have thought that any politician would have enquired as to why this was my stance but nope not a word, they just walked on by.

    If this is the typical standard of the local politicians where they are lazy in their approach to new voters then why should I bother attending the polling station.

    There is only about 2 weeks until the polling day and as yet I have not seen any details from any party about their manifesto for the local borough, come on councillors get your acts together and let the voting public know what your stance is, don’t be seen as lazy individuals who are hoping to get the votes of those who have your party ingrained on them from past years of voting, now is the time to get people onboard with new ideas and try and get their votes.

    maybe we should have blind voting papers where all the individual candidates are listed but not their political party that way you are voting for the councillor that has shown what they are about rather than relying on the old party favourites


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