THIS WARD has not always been the safe Tory seat that one assumes. Over the past two elections the Tories have won by around 150 votes, which is comfortable, but they know they cannot be complacent.
This year sees Mark Coxshall, come out from behind the scenes as Jackie Doyle Price and Stephen Metcalfe’s political assistant and become a political entity on his own.
Anyone who has seen Mark operate close up will know what a skilled operator he is. In YT’s opinion, he was the man who got Jackie over the winning line in the General Election of 2010.
If he is returned, then his skills may well be used to restructure the Thurrock Conservatives into a more cohesive force. That is to say, messrs Revell and Anderson accompanied by Mr Coxshall may go about developing a closer working relationship between the South Basildon and East Thurrock group and the Thurrock group.
But what has that got to do with the election?
We spoke to Mark on Saturday. He said: “It would be a privilege to serve the people of Corringham and Fobbing. These are vital times for the ward. There are great opportunities for the ward, with the development of the DP World being just one example.”
“I have been involved in politics since 1983 and this feels like the right time to take a more representative role.
“These are very encouraging days for the Conservative Party in the borough. We have seen candidates queueing up to be selected.”
Labour also have a first time candidate in Robert Fitch. The key factor will be the performance of UKIP. They may benefit from the absence of the BNP for the first time since 2007. In the last two elections, they have polled 469 and 303 votes respectively. It will be interesting to see where those votes go.
YT Prediction: Tory gain: 125 maj
Corringham & Fobbing
Kirsty Beard (Liberal Democrat)
Mark Coxshall (Conservative)
Robert Fitch (Labour)
Thomas Kelleher (United Kingdom Independence Party)