Tories go for broke in battleground Aveley

THE red lines may have been rising on the thermostats this weekend but a blue wave poured over the Kenningtons estate in Aveley as the Tories went door to door as the countdown continues for the May 5th election.

MP Jackie Doyle Price plus Tory leader Garry Hague and a dozen other Conservatives joined Aveley candidate Maureen Pearce on the doorstep.

Whilst the Tory rank and file flooded the area, Independent candidate and former Tory Mayor Colin Churchman was also in the area. Joined by his daughter Shelley, Colin could be seen to have a wry smile on his face and looked rather flattered as the Tories had brought personnel down from Boris Johnson’s team to take him on.

It must be confusing for the Aveley electorate as they had to grapple with the fact that Colin was a former Conservative Aveley councillor who was now running as an Independent. If they asked where outgoing Aveley councillor John Cowell was, they would have been told that he had also left the party and if asked where the two remaining councillors were? they would have been told that cllrs Wendy Herd and Amanda Prevost were not available!

It seems clear that election organiser cllr Rob Gledhill is putting in a power of work to organise the Tory campaign but it does appear that like last year and as organisers Charlie Key and Eddie Hardiman found to their frustration that it doesn’t appear to be a team game. Then again, look who won last year?

YT caught up with Rob to gauge the mood in the Conservative camp.

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