Monday, May 27, 2024

Tory leader questions Kent’s attendance record

THE THURROCK Tories have questioned the attendance record of the leader of Thurrock Council, cllr John Kent at the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) meetings.

Leader of the Conservatives Cllr Phil Anderson said “I am pleased to hear Cllr Kent is committed to a strong voice for Thurrock at the LEP, which is important to promote economic growth and public investment in Thurrock. However, he rarely attends the meetings, preferring instead to send a deputy.

“This just isn’t good enough, other council leaders attend far more regularly and if Thurrock is to retain a seat at the top table Cllr Kent needs to show how seriously he takes the LEP by actually turning up.”

A check of the attendance record shows that:

Transport Board Meetings in 2013
Cllr Kent was absent in January 2013, March 2013, and May 2013, with Cllr Andy Smith attending as a substitute. Cllr Kent attended in June 2013 only.

Full Board Meetings
Cllr Kent was absent in December 2012 and March 2013, with Cllr Andy Smith attending as a substitute.


  1. Don’t be beastily to ‘poor’ Cllr Kent – it must be very difficult for him to be the Full Time Leader of Thurrock Council and also the Portfolio Holder for Finance and also the Portfolio Holder for Education – poor Mr 3 jobs is so busy sucking large amounts of cash from the public purse he can’t just swan off to SELEP meetings as well – perhaps it’s not worth him bothering to go to the meeting if the expenses mean it’s not worth his while!

    Has anyone added up how much Mr 3 jobs gets in expenses and allowances from the public purse?

  2. My guess is he receives somewhere in the regoin of £65,000 in personal allownaces, excluding expenses. Nice little number.

  3. If he was a multi millionaire making his money out of some hi tech industry that was creating thousands of jobs in this country and married to a Swedish underwear model, I suppose I would feel a certain amount of envy. He’s not, his life depends on the earnings of council tax payers in Thurrock and taxpayers in general. I’m not sure how a person can get jealous of that.


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