HE STARTED THE year as, what seemed to be, a breath of fresh air in Thurrock politics. Unfortunately, Ockendon councillor, Aaron Kiely, now seems to have disappeared into fresh air completely.
Last month, cllr Kiely failed to appear at a council meeting and made no apologies to his bosses. On Wednesday, he embarrassed them again, as he failed to turn up, failed to send any apologies but spent the day demonstrating in London before travelling to Sheffield for more political agitation.
YT has spoken to a number of Labour sources who have expressed their dismay. They point out that he is dealing with a lot of case-work but there is also a concern that he is handing the Tories a gilt-edged opportunity for the local elections.