THE LAST time we (physically) saw UKIP’s Tim Aker was his fleeting appearance at the General Election count on June 9th, 2017. Cllr Aker popped in for five minutes and then..left
He did not stay for the return. You had to feel for his loyal troops who stayed on to watch the winning candidate, Jackie Doyle-Price, make a her speech and indeed Labour’s John Kent make a gracious and dignified speech as well.
Since then, cllr Tim Aker MEP has been absent from two full council meetings. His Ukip colleagues have gone on as normal, making speeches, presenting petitions and scrutinising the powers that be.
So is that the end of Tim Aker in Thurrock?
It seems the answer is no.
A UKIP Thurrock spokesman said: “Cllr Aker will be back at Full Council in September. He had prior arrangements during June and July Full Council that could not be changed.”
Plus, YT also understands that this weekend, cllr Aker made a speech at a regional UKIP meeting where he declared he would defend his ward of Aveley and Uplands in 2018 as well as imploring UKIP to continue to fight at grassroots level.
All things being equal, UKIP will be defending seats in Aveley and Uplands, Belhus, Ockendon, Stanford East and Corringham Town and Stifford Clays.