Le-Surf slams “Ineffectual Tories” as a second bridge in Thurrock looms closer.

LABOUR’S parliamentary candidate for South Basildon and East Thurrock, Mike Le-Surf, has branded the local Tories as ineffectual and irrelevant after the government announced that historic options D and E for a lower Thames crossing will not be revisited, leaving a crossing running through Thurrock firmly on the table.

Transport minister Robert Goodwill has said options D and E would not be revisited and that they are looking at improvements that may be required on the M25 and A13 in response to options A and C.

Mike Le-Surf said:

“This is a disaster for Thurrock residents and its clear that the current Tory MP has no influence in Westminster with his Tory colleagues.

“The local Tories have proved themselves to be both ineffectual and irrelevant regarding the proposed crossing and the transport needs for the area. We need free flowing tolls to properly assess the requirement for any type of additional crossing so why is the government pushing ahead before this is in place?”

Mr Le-Surf’s comments follow a debate on Tuesday, led by Thurrock MP, Jackie Doyle-Price in a committee room in the House of Commons.

The full debate can be found here

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