Friday, April 19, 2024

Tory anger at “stitch up” over committees

THURROCK Conservatives have expressed their disappointment after Labour used the Mayor’s casting vote to prevent the opposition from chairing the council’s Children’s Services Scrutiny Committee.

Conservative leader Cllr Phil Anderson said:

“The whole purpose of these committees is to check on what the people in power are doing with the running of the council. Surely Labour don’t expect anyone to believe that a Labour scrutiny chair is going to give any serious criticism to their own cabinet member. No-where is this more vital than in areas like education and child protection, where a system failure can have tragic consequences.

“Both political parties have got this one wrong in the past, which is why it is now Conservative policy that no matter who is in power, scrutiny committees should be chaired by an opposition member. Labour leader Cllr John Kent has repeatedly claimed to support this principle, but when it comes to the vote he appoints his own lap-dog candidates every time.

“Democracy works best when there are checks and balances in place. Labour’s cynical approach to scrutiny committees shows that they have no confidence in their own policies, and dare not expose them to the light of constructive criticism.”


  1. Last week wasn’t mr Anderson Pleased his group came runner up in the bye election ?. So why now become an old sour puss and start moaning ?. Maybe perhaps mr Anderson has just realised the ramiforactions of being a loser, oh sorry a runner up.

  2. I think Mr Anderson and the Conservative group should be praised for recycling.

    They have recycled an old press release they have used before moaning about the same thing.

    Stop moaning Anderson and tell the people what the Conservatives will do for Thurrock.

  3. Cllr Anderson raises a very good point, scrutiny panels should be chaired by opposition councillors, but like mentioned before this is an old story, been going on for years even when the Tories run the council!
    May I recommend that if he feels so strongly about this he should ask his equal in our neighbouring Tory run council, Brentwood, why did she last week sack the opposition councillor from their post of the overview and scrutiny committee chair and to change the constitution and put in a Tory chair! Sounds like double standards to me?

  4. These panels should be made up of impartial representatives not those on the cabinet or shadow cabinet, they should be completely impartial.


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