Election 2011: Ward by Ward: East Tilbury

THERE IS something fascinating about East Tilbury. Despite the passage of time, we still can’t quite decide what the Bata Estate and the history that is attached to it, reminds us of. A collective utopia? precursor to the post-war New Towns?.

Sometimes it reminds us of Patrick McGoohan’s sixties cult classic “The Prisoner”. That may be more appropriate as one of Number Six’s famous speeches was” “I will not be pushed, stamped, filed, indexed, briefed, debriefed or numbered. My life is my own.”

In many ways that has been the mantra of the two Independent East Tilbury councillors, John Purkiss and Barry Palmer. Recently, we were privileged to hear Barry speak so eloquently about the area in the midst of a planning committee meeting. The matter related to a ruined barn but Barry’s recollection of the families, the history, the change in industry was a poignant paean to the ward that Barry and John so clearly love.

So, what the heck has all that got to do with the local election on May 5th. Our point is that, there is something about the relationship the two councillors have with their ward which is unique.

As you will see in this interview, John won’t be drawn very far from the mantra of “Whatever is good for the people of East Tilbury”. Although, the admission of “Well, maybe the Conservative policies suit East Tilbury more than the Labour ones” tells us all something.

The other candidates are a mixture of paper candidates, camouflage and first timers. We know which ones are which and we are sure they do as well.

YT Prediction: Ind hold: 589

East Tilbury
Peter Fox (United Kingdom Independence Party)
Eleanor Lowe (Labour)
Paul Polley (Conservative)
John Purkiss (Independent)
Luke Tyson (Liberal Democrat)

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