A CONTROVERSIAL UKIP councillor has been “banned” from all council meetings for the rest of the year by his local group.
YT understands that Ockendon councillor Kevin Wheeler had a heated exchange with a member of the public at Wednesday night’s ill-tempered meeting at the civic offices in Grays.
Sources have suggested that a female audience member went outside for “a vape” and was “verbally abused” by Cllr Wheeler.
UKIP group leader, Cllr Graham Snell said: “Cllr Wheeler has been suspended from Council Meetings until the new year.
“We will be carrying out an internal investigation into the matter.”
A spokesperson for Thurrock Council said: “A complaint against an elected Member has been received.
“Thurrock Council takes all complaints very seriously and investigates all such complaints received.
“Appropriate action is taken in all cases”.
Coxshall should be suspended as well.