A WAR OF words broke out in the council chamber over how details into an alleged benefits payment irregularities in relation to Tilbury councillor, Claire Baldwin were leaked to the Thurrock Gazette.
Cllr John Kent was responding to a question from Conservative leader, Phil Anderson in relation to the investigation.
Cllr Kent firstly informed him that investigations into the benefits payments (by Epping District Council) were still ongoing.
Cllr Kent then informed the chamber that the circumstances had been sent to the Information Commissioner.
Cllr Kent told the meeting that details of the alleged breach were seen on an e-mail by Gazette reporters and by Cllr Anderson.
Cllr Kent said: “As you (Cllr Anderson) have admitted seeing the e-mail, I am sure you will co-operate fully with the Information Commissioner on the investigation.”
Cllr Baldwin did shout from the back of the chamber: “This is all getting boring..”