Statement from Thurrock Independent Party.
“Last night, Belhus councillor, Angela Lawrence informed us of her intention to leave the group and join the Conservative Party”.
Thurrock Independent Spokesman said: “Cllr Lawrence has been detached from the group for some time. Cllr Lawrence’s departure is therefore in the best interests of both parties. There have been no ill words spoken.
“However, Cllr Lawrence has chosen to join a party which takes thousands of pounds in donations from property developers. A party trying to force 12,000 extra homes onto her ward, South Ockendon.
“I know Cllr Lawrence is a strong Brexit supporter so it is a mystery why she would wish to be a member of a Conservative Party delivering a withdrawal deal condemned by leave and remain voters alike. A Conservative Party with a leader and Prime Minister who Cllr Lawrence has publicly called to be deposed.
“Under this Tory Government and Council the Ockendon Academy has been branded inadequate after a disastrous Ofsted inspection. The Conservative are forcing the disastrous Thames Crossing right past South Ockendon and will close Orsett Hospital.
“Thurrock deserves so much better than the Conservatives. The Thurrock Independents will continue to fight to stop the Conservatives wrecking this borough.”
Cllr Lawrence was elected in May 2016 and so will not face election until May 2020.