Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Labour slam Tories over attempts to “woo the BNP vote”

FOR SOME, it is a no-brainer. Aveley is a key seat that the Tories want to win. Since 2007, the BNP have averaged just under 500 votes. But the BNP are not fielding a candidate this year. There is, as they say, a gap in the market.

Labour have accused the Conservatives of a “indefensible lurch to the extreme right’ as the latest leaflet for the Tory candidate, Maureen Pearce lays claim to the “patriotic” territory.

The campaign leaflet for the former Mayor gives a bullet point statement for what she believes in:

It states:

1. Flying the Union Jack and Cross of St George all year round.
2. Stopping mass immigration into Britain.
3. Putting ‘political correctness” into the dustbin of history.
4. Keeping our £pound and saying a big No to the European Union!
5. No votes for prisoners.

With a popular UKIP candidate in Tim Aker as well as Independent candidate, former Tory mayor, Colin Churchman the seat could be the difference between who holds power in the chamber come May 6th.

Thurrock MP, Jackie Doyle Price  robustly defended the leaflet.

She said: “We want to see action on overstayers in the country. There needs to be action on key immigration issues such as this. I have made my feelings quite clear on no votes for prisoners as there was a vote in the House of Commons on this matter quite recently.

On the subject of “political correctness”, YT asked the MP was it the case that last year, she was sacrificing cllr Neil Rockcliffe on the altar of political correctness and now she and the party want to consign it to the “dustbin of history”?

Jackie replied: “These are two different matters entirely. One was a question of being racially offensive. We are talking about matters such as the PM being lambasted for saying “Calm down dear”.

Spokesperson for the Thurrock Lib Dems, Luke Tyson said: “These are the views of one particular Conservative candidate in Aveley. These are views that the Thurrock Lib Dems do not share.”

YT asked Chafford Conservative councillor, Tunde Ojetola what his thoughts were on the strategy. He said: “I haven’t seen the leaflet.”

YT interviewed the former mayor out on the streets of Aveley and asked her what she thought were the key issues for the people of Aveley?

The list of candidates can be found on the politics page of YT.


  1. The conservative party is the only party that has an achievable immigration policy so I dont understand how anybody can suggest this leaflet is proof of getting into bed with the BNP. In my opinon it simply says what most people are thinking and trying to finally get rid of the political correctness that a certain Mr Blair introduced to this country as he and his Labour colleagues wooed immigrants with promises of everything they wanted as long as they voted for Labour!!. Not sure its much to do with local poloitics though?

  2. The labour Party are obviously smarting because that did not think of it first, how can they accuse anyone of wooing the votes, surely this is what all political parties seek to do.

    If the last Labour administration actually did something to stem the mass immigration into the country, removed the stupid PC brigade, stopped the complete mess of borrowing and did something about the overstayers then they would not have left the country in such a mess and they may have stood a chance of being re-elected rather than bitching about other parties.

  3. From The Office For Natioonal Statistics)
    “Net migration (the difference between immigration and emigration) increased to 198,000 in 2009 compared with 163,000 in the previous year. This change was primarily as a result of decreased emigration.
    The number of people leaving the UK for 12 months or more fell to 368,000 in 2009 compared with 427,000 in 2008. The drop in total emigration was due to a decrease in the numbers of British and EU citizens leaving the UK. An estimated 140,000 British citizens emigrated in 2009, the lowest number since 1999 and down from 173,000 in 2008.
    An estimated 567,000 people arrived to live in the UK in 2009, which is consistent with levels seen since 2004 and compares with 590,000 in 2008. Non-British citizens accounted for 83 per cent of all immigrants; a third of these were from EU countries.
    Immigration for formal study was the most common reason stated for arrival into the UK in 2009, with an estimated 211,000 (37 per cent) compared with work-related reasons (34 per cent). Immigration to the UK for work-related reasons dropped to 193,000 (from 220,000 in 2008) and is at the lowest point since before A8 accession in 2004.”
    a. Everyone can fly flags in UK – There has been no reported cases in Thurrock of people being banned. Specific permission is required to make use of the Union Flag – thus not used for abuse. See Council for Details
    b. Immigration Reduction – Reason – Tier System introduced in November 2009 under Labour

  4. What has this got to do with being a councillor at Thurrock Council? Looks like she has cut and pasted from the BNP and UKIPs leaflets.

    And what does she mean by not liking ‘expanding green belts’ – does she want Aveley covered in Concrete?

    I was sadly let down by the interview.

  5. Thurrock Tories will say anything to try and take control of Thurrock Council.

    SInce when has this been the views of Maureen Pearce – sounds more like the views of of her son Neil Pearce and national Tory party policy!!!

    The editior is right this is clearly a ploy to encourage the BNP vote in Aveley.

    She had every opportunity to champion the St Georges Day stuff when she was mayor – not a peep.

    What on earth does ‘putting polictical correctness in the bin’ mean? What a load of old twaddle.

    I would have expected more of Maureen Pearce but this is the actions of a desperate Tory party who will do anything to get back in power.


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