A LEADING THURROCK councillor made a blistering attack on the Tories conduct over the collapse of Petroplus in Coryton.
Chadwell St Mary councillor, Barbara Rice, speaking to the Labour Party Conference, said:
“Coryton was the only profit making refinery in the Petroplus Group, providing some 20pc of the fuel needs of the South of England.
“Other refineries in Europe that are not profitable are still operating, given protection by their Governments. In the UK, despite extensive lobbying by Richard Howitt MP, Cllr John Kent and prospective parliamentary candidate for Thurrock, Polly Billington, Ministers failed to intervene.
Turning their backs, devastating a community and costing over 800 jobs.
“We were just asking for a helping hand, a short term measure until a new owner could be found. A better option than throwing over 800 people on the dole. Not to mention the knock on effect of hundreds more as the effect of
the job losses hit the economy.
“This government operates double standards. They fawn before the financial elite but have brought my community to its knees by adopting a hard and heartless stance to working people.
“Out of touch Ministers and an out of touch Government.”