THERE was anger amongst UKIP ranks as they were snubbed for all the major chairs on Thurrock Council.
Despite having the equal largest amount of seats on the council, UKIP did not receive any ceremonial roles or chairs of key committee seats.
UKIP Thurrock Group Leader, Cllr Graham Snell said: "Tonight we have seen Conservatives and Labour working together to keep UKIP away from power at all costs.
"For years we have been saying that the other parties are indistinguishable from each other, now we have the proof that we were right. 39% of people in Thurrock voted for UKIP, over 10% more than wanted the Tories but unfortunately a cynical deal was done to exclude Thurrock’s most popular party from power.
"Councillors spoke tonight about ‘everyone working together in the best interests of local residents’ but Tory/Labour Councillors only seem to be interested in ‘working together for Tory and Labour’s best interests’.
"I’m sure many residents who voted Tory will be thrilled to find out that their vote help appoint Labour Cllrs to senior positions and vice versa.
"I wonder in 2018 if they will run as two separate parties or just have one candidate representing both?"