Tory deputy leader set to stand down in May.

THE DEPUTY LEADER of the Thurrock Conservative group at Thurrock Council will not be seeking re-election come the local elections in May.

Ockendon councillor, Amanda Arnold has been one of the leading lights in the group since she was elected in May 2004.

Cllr Arnold entered politics when as a mum-of-two she attended a meeting organised by then cllr Val Liddiard that encouraged more woman to enter or be interested in politics in Thurrock.

Since then, cllr Arnold has blazed a trail through local politics. Her reign as portfolio holder in adult social care was seen as one of achievement after achievement.

She has also been a stalwart campaigner in her ward. Even last week, dealing with key planning issues near to the station as well as helping facilitate security lighting in Tamarisk Road.

Amanda has been the deputy leader for a number of years and has been seen by many as the glue that has kept the Conservative group together.

Indeed, some had tipped her as a potential future MP.

YT understands that family work commitments mean the Ockendon-based councillor may be moving away from the borough.

But that does not mean, cllr Arnold has finished with politics.

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