Sunday, June 23, 2024

Tories elect new leader

At their Annual General Meeting last night, the Conservative group on Thurrock Council elected Stanford East and Corringham Town Councillor Phil Anderson as their new group leader. Ockendon Councillor Amanda Arnold will continue to serve as deputy leader.

Cllr Anderson said: “I would like to thank the Conservative group for the trust that they have placed in me by electing me as group leader. My predecessor Cllr Garry Hague has led both the Conservative Group and Thurrock Council with great commitment and integrity, and on behalf of the whole group I would like to thank him publicly for his time as leader. Garry will continue to take a full and active role both as a Councillor and a senior member of the Conservative group, and I look forwards to working alongside him.

“The recent elections have again left Thurrock Council in a situation of ‘no overall control’, with neither of the main parties holding the 25 seats needed to form an administration on their own. With 24 Councillors having been elected by the people of Thurrock as Conservatives, we will be taking a leading role in the discussions that must now take place to form a stable and effective administration for Thurrock. I recognise that there are talented Councillors right across the political spectrum, and will be seeking to ensure that all of their talents can be included as far as possible for the benefit of our borough.”


  1. Cllr Anderson – Good start by telling lies in your very first press release.

    Now i dont want to rain on your parade but Thurrock tories did not get 24 councilllors elected at the recent elections they got 22.

    The Labour party got the 24 seats that will allow them to take the ‘leading role in the discussions to form an administration’ as you yourself put it.

    I can only guess that you may be starting the year with 22 but the cracks in the Thurrock tory party you may well finish the year with a couple less.

  2. Oh dear, the new leader does not know how many seats his party won, with calculations and spin like that heshould be running for the Labour party 🙂

  3. Cllr Anderson is actually correct, 24 of the current councillors on Thurrock Council were elected as Conservatives. Two of these councillors then crossed the floor, firstly Terry Hipsey (who defected to Labour) and then Ian Harrison (who defected with Anne Cheale and Stuart St Clair Haslam to form Thurrock Concerned Conservatives).

  4. Cllr Anderson I am stunned that you thanked Cllr Hauge publicly for his time as leader your words”. Garry will continue to take a full and active role both as a Councillor and a senior member of the Conservative group, and I look forwards to working alongside him” well will that mean we won’t see you for six months but you will get Tories in the press with lorry parks and wine gate oh!!! and what is going to happen to the hamper gate story concerning the two stooges so Cllr Anderson I would chose your words more carefully I believe Cllr Hauge is there as a number or is he a sheep as well if so is he the black sheep of the Tory Party considering the fiasco your party I believe had with the BNP

    What happened to Barry Johnson’s campaign who did he upset because all his support was sent to Aveley to stop a local independent man who is out all year not just in elections. Cllr Johnson better luck next year you are out all year as well so you did deserve more support from your party
    [Cllr Garry Hague has led both the Conservative Group and Thurrock Council with great commitment and integrity ]you are having a laugh surely

  5. Sting, I think you will find that what Cllr. Anderson is (rightfully) saying is that there are 24 councillors who were elected as Conservatives. Of course there are the cowards who then defected and changed the political balance but if every councillor had stayed true to the party they were elected under then there would be 24 Tories and 23 Labour. I think it is clear which party has the moral right to be in control.

    Do I detect a touch of panic in Labour’s ranks….

  6. Though a firm supporter of the Labour Party I would like to see (personal belief) much more cooperation between the two main Parties this year. The Borough is entering a period of great economic uncertainty and sometimes petty differences undermine the most important commodity we have “Time”. I expect differences in policy, sometimes vast, and good debate but this year a greater effort at achieving cooperation and compromise would be greatly appreciated from all political parties. Who is going to be Mayor or as my PC friend nudged me Mayor Person!

  7. Turner nice of you to join the debate and thanks for the maths lesson.

    I know that i went to school under Maggie Thatcher but my maths is good enough to know that on May 5th 2011 the mainstream conservative party finished with 22 and Labour 24. Ian Harrison walked the floor and is a concered conservative so that is 1 and there are 2 independants. Now that my friend is 49 councillors the same number that Thurrock has elected in the chamber.

    If you are correct then Cllr Anderson is already trying to put a spin on things.

  8. Wow! I love reading all your bitchy comments. I suspect that some of you are TC councillors. or maybe ex.
    I bet you were like this in your school playgrounds but not so well informed!
    Any chance on actually putting local Thurrock issues first?
    Dont forget that we voted you in to do a good job of managing Thurrock together, not fight & bitch!


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