Labour activists fury as Thurock councillor’s dad selected to stand in West Thurrock

CIVIL war has broken out in Thurrock Labour over the selection of the candidate for the West Thurrock and South Stifford By-Election.

On Monday night, Cliff Holloway was selected to fight the ward left vacant by the surprise resignation of Terry Brookes.

This has not pleased a number of activists who feel have told YT that they would have put their names forward had they have known.

A number of the activists have told YT that they see this as a "behind closed doors" deal.

Mr Holloway, an ardent union man and the father of West Thurrock and South Stifford councillor, Victoria Holloway.

Speaking to YT, Scott Nelson said: "I have lodged a complaint with the regional party. I know of a number of other activists who also feel the same.

"Some of us have worked very hard over the last year to support the party. I certainly won’t be campaigning in this by-election."

YT understands that the process to select Mr Holloway was the same one that Labour has used in all previous by-elections over the past few years.

The by-election is set for Thursday September 10th.

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