Thursday, June 13, 2024

Polly Billington selected to fight for Labour in Thurrock

ED MILIBAND’S special advisor, Polly Billington has been selected as Labour’s candidate at the next general election.

In the end it was a comfortable victory (YT believes it was 98 to 26).

The hustings and the vote took place at St Thomas’ church hall in East Thurrock Road, Grays.

Ms Billington’s victory was followed by a large cheer by the gathered members.

It was certainly a very highly organised campaign by former journalist, Ms Billington which is hardly surprising as she was the architect behind Ed Miliband’s successful leadership campaign.

It is understood that she contacted every single member of the party and hall her presentations, were, according to sources, very well briefed.

Praise was also given to the losing candidate, Anne-Marie Waters who had also fought a good campaign, even up to the night before, where she was seen at the Tilbury christmas lights fayre.

YT spoke to Polly after the vote to gauge her reaction and to assess where the future battleground lay.


  1. Congratulations Ms Billington I wish you well and hope you will realise the hopes and expectations of the members of the Labour Party in Thurrock. I have to say that the YT comment that “it is understood she contacted every single member of the Party” is an over statement, I do not recall you contacting me personally or any other member of the Party in areas such as Broxburn Drive but, as one of the “lumpenproletariat”, perhaps I was attempting to rise above my station. However having been selected I will give you my support and work to ensure your success in returning Thurrock to a Labour seat in Parliament. I hope it will not be considered “sexist” if I say – Polly put the kettle on, turn up the heat, bring it to the boil and steam into the Tories.

  2. Well Mr Perrin, looks like Ms Billington is starting as she means to go on then with her comment about contacting every single member of the party, lies and more lies, hmmm sounds like she has the makings of a good politician 🙂

  3. Shock news Millibrains place thing wins selection. Never saw that coming. The Labour party really are a contradiction. They are intrinsically opposed to institutions like the royal family and yet every internal election that takes place is more of a coronation than an election. That’s why they are still in denial after the last general election. They simply cannot understand the result. Surely they did enough to fix it.

  4. She will really understand the trials and tribualtions that thousands of her plebecites go through on a daily basis whilst sitting in her Ivory Tower, looking down on us and, as a former journalist, she will really be able to “spin” her way out of anything.

  5. The problem for me is that Polly Billington has been selected because Ed Milliband needs another supporter in government and not because she was the best person available to represent Thurrock. Labour clearly see Thurrock as an easy win at the next election and an ideal way to get Ed’s chum into the House. The problem is, people will vote for her just because she is Labour, irrespective of whether or not she knows anything at all about the seat she is going to be fighting for. I reckon this borough needs a decent Independent to get behind.


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