THE THURROCK Conservatives have re-elected their leader and deputy leader for another year.
Conservative group leader, cllr Rob Gledhill said:
"I am pleased to announce that both Cllr James Halden and I have been returned as Deputy Leader and Leader of the Conservative Group respectively.
"There has been a great deal of press speculation as to who will and will not form any alliance to run Thurrock Council since Friday morning. Sadly miscommunication always happens during this period, so let me make our position clear: we have had no conversations with other group leaders, as it was only last night that the Conservative Group met to elected its leadership.
This Municipal Year there are a number of key decisions to be made, not least the budget. It’s no good getting to Full Council next year and having no party who can command the numbers to pass a budget. It would be chaos for the Council, add cost to Council Tax, and cause further disillusion in the political process in Thurrock. That is why we need constructive relationships formed now so all parties are working to shape the Council budget and policies.
Whilst we should learn from the past, we should not dwell in it and use old personal or political arguments as a reason not add stability to Thurrock. A stable Thurrock Council will attract investment, improvements and opportunity whereas one that has its members making decisions based on press speculation – party politics and rhetoric will see services decline, residents suffer and probably intervention. The old style of “administration” and “opposition” are less relevant with such a three way split. We now need to find a way of constructive leadership and accountability that is the best for Thurrock.