Tory delight at Stifford Clays result and point to merger fears with Barking and Dagenham

SENIOR Conservatives have expressed their satisfaction with last night’s by-election result in Stifford Clays, which saw a Labour majority of 354 fall to just 76 votes.

Conservative leader Cllr Phil Anderson said:

“Although we weren’t quite able to pull off the shock victory we had hoped for, I am very encouraged by last night’s election result.

“Labour’s majority in Stifford Clays has been reduced from 354 to just 76 votes, despite them flooding the area with trade union activists once they realised how weak their support was.

“UKIP flatlined and picked up only a couple of dozen additional votes, mostly from the lacklustre Lib Dems. It is clear that people in Thurrock are deeply unhappy with Labour’s policy of merging council functions with the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, and they will surely now have to re-think their position on this.

I would like to thank our excellent candidate Danny Nicklen, and all of the local Conservative team who put in so much hard work to support his campaign. The tide of local opinion is turning in our favour, and if this result were repeated in other more marginal wards it would be enough to put the Conservatives back in control of Thurrock council.”

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