FOR THE FIRST TIME since May and for only the second time the year, Ockendon councillor, Aaron Kiely attended a Thurrock Council meeting.
The absent councillor hit the national headlines recently when the papers focussed on his Facebook comments on the extradition of Abu Hamza.
Cllr Kiely did not speak at the meeting but did take time to slam the Thurrock Tories on Facebook.
Commenting on a motion on Universal Credit, cllr Kiely said: “Thurrock Tories now attacking benefit claimants. Get it in to your heads that the majority of claimants are in employment.”
The comments caused a reaction on Twitter from Chafford councillor, Charlie Key who said: “I have a real problem with local councillors tweeting during meetings. Even worse when they don’t contribute to debate all night.”