Monday, September 26, 2022
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Has Cllr Tunde’s son scuppered possible pact between Thurrock Tories and UKIP?

WITH THE dust now settled on both the parliamentary and local elections, the focus in Thurrock now turned to the tricky matter of who will run Thurrock Council.

The decision will be made on Wednesday May 27th at the annual meeting.

To recap, the council now has 18 Labour councillors, 17 Conservative councillor and 13 UKIP plus one Independent councillor.

But even in a short space of time, there seems to be bad blood between Thurrock UKIP and the Thurrock Conservative group.

However, with the Tories having been out of office in Thurrock for over five years, there has been speculation that the temptation of trying to broker a deal may be too hard to resist.

But one factor that may prevent any deal, coalition, rapprochement etc are recent statements by South Chafford’s Conservative councillor, Tunde Ojetola.

It is suffice to say that Tunde and UKIP have, what can only be described as "history"

During a recent interview in The Independent, just two days before the General Election, the paper spoke to Cllr Ojetola about the alleged "nasty atmosphere" during the campaign.

Cllr Ojetola said: “My 13-year-old son asked me out of the blue the other day, ‘Will we have to leave the country if Ukip win?’

“Then I was talking to a Sri Lankan lady who said her son had asked her something very similar.

“It is creating an atmosphere of fear and concern across the community which is very damaging.”

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