THURROCK Conservatives condemned the hypocrisy of Labour politicians at last night’s Cabinet over the development of the Elizabeth Gardens extra care housing scheme on the site of what was previously the Elizabeth House care home.
Cllr Amanda Arnold said “Many of us still recall the budget discussion where Labour voted against the closure of Elizabeth House, and the subsequent publicity, despite the fact that the place was in an appalling condition after they let it rot away.
Highly emotive comments were made by senior Labour figures about “chucking people out” with “I don’t know how you sleep at night” thrown in for good measure and one particularly abhorrent rant that “the more you kill off the less it costs you.”
“This was despite the Conservative Cabinet making it absolutely clear that the site would be retained to provide services for older people in a better environment.
The councillor continued: “I inherited that decision, and on several occasions had to reassure residents in Stifford Clays that we weren’t knocking down Elizabeth House to flog it to the highest bidder as Labour activists were claiming.”
“Last week Labour were caught out after trying to stir the same degree of political mischief over Grays Beach that they did in 2006 – yet here we are 5 years down the line from that Elizabeth House decision, taking the final steps toward creating this wonderful facility to give our older residents better care in a quality setting, just as we always said we would.
“It’s taken 5 years, but Labour have finally been shown up for what they are, and that’s nothing more than the party of spite and spin, prepared to say anything to cling on to power.”