OCKENDON is set for a by-election after the resignation of Ukip councillor, Kevin Wheeler.
THURROCK Council received formal notification of Cllr Kevin Wheeler’s resignation as councillor for the Ockendon Ward on Thursday 1 February 2018.
The Local Government Act (1972) states that if two Thurrock local government voters submit a request in writing to the Local Authority asking for a by-election it will be held.
If a by-election is called, it will have to take place within 35 days of the two requests being received.
Cllr Wheeler resigned a day after Your Thurrock cameras showed him mouthing obscenties adnd making lewd hand gestures at Labour councillors in a council meeting.
Ockendon is a real swing ward in Thurrock. At the moment it has three Ukip (Thurrock Independent) councillors but in the past it has had both Labour and Conservative councillors.
At the last council elections, UKIP won by 404 votes from the Conservatives who, in turn, were 76 votes ahead of Labour.
The big question will be how far the Ukip/Thurrock Independent vote decreases by.
It is, as they say, all to play for.