FOUR women candidates will join current Labour councillor Phil Smith who is up for re-election.
The Thurrock Labour party have selected their five candidates in the East Thurrock wards up for local elections this year.
Standing in the five seats (no local elections in the Orsett ward this year) are:
Ella Vine: Stanford-le-Hope West
Linda Hall – The Homesteads
Theresa Wodehouse – Corringham and Fobbing
Dolly Turner- East Tilbury
Phil Smith – Stanford East and Corringham Town
Labour party parliamentary candidate Mike Le-Surf said: "I am delighted that we have a strong field of candidates in the East Thurrock wards and especially pleased that the local party have selected four women candidates in the seats we hope to gain on May 7th. Women are affected much more that men by coalition government cuts and the voice of local women needs to be heard.
East Thurrock makes up a third of the local council authority boundaries and we need strong Labour representation in this part of the borough. I’ll be supporting all Labour candidates in the area over the next few months on local and national issues and will continue the fight against a Lower Thames Crossing that the Conservatives are considering building through Orsett and on to the M25."