Night of long knives as Labour de-select former mayor (oh and Aaron Kiely goes as well)

CONTROVERSIAL radical councillor Aaron Kiely and a former mayor are among the councillors who have been chopped from Labour’s list of candidates for next year’s local elections.

Ockendon councillor Aaron Kiely made national headlines during his four year rule as he seemed very busy as a member of the National Union of Students but was virtually invisible as a local councillor, despite raking in over £30,000 of taxpayer’s money.

Chadwell St Mary councillor, Tony Fish was mayor last year but, despite, being a Chadwell resident and a councillor in the area for some time, has also been seen as surplus to requirement.

However, not all the old guard have been sent to Siberia. Veteran Charlie Curtis will defend Belhus and his wife Wendy, who lost Belhus in 2014, will have a crack at Aveley and Uplands.

Amongst the new wave is Ellie Lowe. Ellie will contest Stifford Clays. Ellie has deep roots in the ward as Headon Hall, the venue where the selection process took place was named after her grandfather, Dr Patrick Headon.

The full list will appear later this week.

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