A FURIOUS council leader John Kent has gone on the record to categorically deny that the ruling Thurrock Labour group has entered into negotiations regarding a possible coalition with the Tory opposition in Thurrock.
The original story by the Thurrock Gazette’s reporter Matt Abbott soon attracted national attention with even Sky News making inquiries as to its veracity.
It has been a tradition in some councils that are No Overall Control (NOC) to “horse trade” with certain positions, whether that be cabinet positons, chair of committees as well as ceremonial post such as mayor and deputy mayor.
But John Kent has contacted YT to put, what he says, is the record straight.
Cllr Kent said: “There has been not been any talks between me, or any other Labour councillors, and Conservative members in regard of forming a coalition or – somehow – dividing up positions”.
YT sent an e mail to the acting leader of the Thurrock Conservatives, cllr Rob Gledhill asking to out their side of the story but we had not received a reply at the time of publication.