Mr. Perrin’s blog; “A Word in Your Ear”.
THE voters have decided that Thurrock Borough Council will be a “hung” Council. The result being; Conservatives 20 councillors, Labour 17 councillors and Thurrock Independents Party 12 councillors. If any Party can claim “victory”, albeit a pyrrhic one, then it must be the Labour Party who increased their number from 14 councillors to 17 councillors, knocking the Thurrock Independents Party off their “perch” and becoming the main opposition Party
The irony of the result is that the 12 Thurrock Independents Party (TIP) councillors, at the Annual Meeting to be held on 23rd May 2018, could decide which Party, Conservatives or Labour, takes control of the Council and who is elected Mayor. Some Councillors may have to swallow bitter pills in order to secure the support of the TIP Councillors and “horse-trading” will be brisk, it will be interesting, to say the least, to see on which “hive” the TIP “bee” alights.
The Editor of “Your Thurrock” views the victory of Tim Aker in Aveley as “spectacular”, a view which I consider over generous. 1037 people voted for Mr. Aker, 653 voted Conservative giving Mr Aker a 383 majority. However, more people in Aveley voted against Mr Aker than voted for him, a total 2407 votes were cast 1037 for Mr Aker and 1094 against. Given his much vaunted popularity in Aveley the result, in my opinion, does not merit the accolade of “spectacular”.
Take a look at Cllr Barbara Rice’s victory for Labour in Chadwell St. Mary she secured 1383 votes, a whopping majority of 981 over her Conservative rival who secured 402 votes. 2049 people in Chadwell St. Mary voted, 1383 for Cllr Rice and 666 against her, 717 more votes than both her rivals. I call that “spectacular”.
As in all conflicts there is what is termed “collateral damage”, two such casualties are Chris and Jan Baker, Councillors for Belhus and South Ockendon respectively. Originally elected as UKIP Councillors they have been hardworking, sometimes to the point of exhaustion, and served the people of their respective Wards well. Both of them can hold their heads high and be proud of their records. To both of them I say well done and I wish you well.
Finally I thank Mrs. Casey for her delicious lemon sponge cake on the night of the count.