Friday, March 1, 2024

Tories deny campaigning in ward less than 48 hours after local Labour councillor had died.

A LABOUR councillor has accused the Thurrock Conservatives of campaigning in Stifford Clays less than 48 hours after the death of the local ward councillor.

Much-loved veteran councillor and former head of Thurrock Adult Community College, Diana Hale lost her fight against cancer on Thursday night. The funeral is set for next Tuesday.

On Tuesday afternoon, her fellow Stifford Clays councillor and close friend, cllr Angie Gaywood, went onto the social media site, twitter and said “Disgusted 2 b (sic) told Thurrock Tories & MP Jackie Doyle Price were canvassing 4 votes in Stifford Clays just 3 days after Cllr died #NoRespect.”

Cllr Gaywood believed that the Thurrock Conservatives were in the Crammavill Street part of the ward.

YT has spoken to both the Thurrock MP Jackie Doyle-Price as well as Thurrock councillor, Mark Coxshall. Cllr Coxshall has confirmed that they were in Crammavill Street in Stifford Clays but both have categorically stated, that they were not canvassing there.

There was a lot of political activity in the borough on Saturday. Labour campaigners were in Corringham and Stanford-le-Hope.

No date has been set for the by-election.


  1. Thank god it was only the conservatives. I thought we had been invaded by the military when I heard them marching along crammavill street

  2. Shame on the tories for canvassing so close to the death of Cllr Hale!.
    They should be campaigning in Tilbury Riverside & Thurrock Park! – where the benefit fraud has taken place

  3. At worst it could be perceived as insensitive but I do not think that any of the Conservatives can justly be accused of being disrespectful to Cllr Hale. I rather suspect that Cllr Gaywoods’ airing her “disgust” on “Twitter” had more to do with political point scoring by implying that the Conservatives were lacking in sympathy and respect. The Labour Party cancelled canvassing in Stifford Clays on the Saturday following the death of Cllr Hale, they have also cancelled a Labour Party meeting on 9th September. Does the Labour Group in Council also intend to seek to cancel the meeting of Full Council due to be held on 18th September? It is not the cancelling of canvassing or meetings that demonstrates the respect in which Cllr Hale was held, it is her legacy not only as a Councillor but in the other roles of her life. I believe that Cllr Hale, were she able to do so, would applaud the fact that some like minded person, of whatever political persuasion, was eager to follow in her footsteps and continue the good work she was doing. She would have been more inclined to the view “the queen is dead, long live the queen” now let us get on with business as usual.


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