Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Ward by Ward: Grays Riverside

Grays Riverside

WE continue our journey around the relatively straight forward ones.

When UKIP were in their pomp, there was always the feeling that they had to take the shoreline wards in order to properly wrest control. Apart from Tilbury St Chads, they never did it. Reference to UKIP in Thurrock is a distant echo and so Labour, without being complacent can rest, relatively easy.

As we said in our Grays Thurrock preview, PPC John Kent will also keep an eye out on the stats here. Therefore, he will hope that the Labour candidate who is defending the seat, Jane Pothecary can get over a 1,000 votes. Having said that, turnout may be unpredictable, so, he will hope Jane Pothecary gets over 50% of the vote.

Cllr Pothecary has been a popular councillor, astute and communicative. She could well be a future leader of the Labour group and indeed, Thurrock Council. Passionate about many causes but Ms Pothecary comes across as someone who wants to take care of business. With a solid deputy, she could go far. Getting a bit ahead of ourselves.

Gurjit Thandi has already done sterling work for the charity SANDS and would be a great asset for any council. Let us hope that she is here for the long haul. Far too many good female Conservative councillors and candidates seem to have come and gone over the years.

The Thurrock Independents polled 343 votes last year. They will need to get over 300 again in order to show they have the potential to be here for the long haul. We think this is a pivotal year for them.

The only Lib-Dem candidate in the whole of the borough can be found here. Kevin McNamara has also been a parliamentary candidate. We still have a thing about thing not attending the return in 2017. Did ask but didn’t get a reply. Nevertheless, Mr McNamara is an inter stn politician with a lot of valid arguments.

Grays Riverside

Kevin McNamara (Lib-Dems)
Jane Pothecary (Lab)
Kanlayani Sisasima (Thurrock Independents)
Gurjit Thandi (Cons)

YT Prediction: Labour hold


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