Thurrock Elections 2019: Great night for the Independents at Thurrock Council elections

By Local Democracy Reporter
Steve Shaw

Films courtesy of Thurrock Council

THURROCK continues to be a hung council after none of the parties were able to win enough seats to secure a majority.

The council has had the same result since 2014 with Labour, the Conservatives and the Thurrock Independents each taking their share of the borough’s 49 seats across 20 wards.

But in a stunning victory in the East Tilbury ward, Fraser Massey has joined the council as the only independent councillor after taking the seat from the Thurrock Independents with 984 votes against just 74.

After getting news of his win, Mr Massey said: “It’s a lot more than I expected, to win by that amount but I am really pleased.

“East Tilbury has a history of independent councillors who have worked hard for it in the past. People remember that and they want to try that again.”

Thurrock Independents also had a positive night with a big win for Allen Mayes, who took the Tilbury Riverside and Thurrock Park ward from Labour – winning by almost 300 extra votes.

He said he was “ecstatic” about the result and feels the area has been underrepresented for far too long.

“People have made an epic statement now that they want things to change and the hard work starts now. I am shocked at the result as I thought it would be quite close, similar to last year but being nearly 300 votes above the opposition is just phenomenal and I have to thank everyone that came out to vote.”

The leader of the Thurrock Independents, Luke Spillman, also celebrated the victory calling it “one of the most spectacular results in Thurrock elections”.

Despite the big wins however, little has changed when looking at the make-up of the council. The Conservatives went in with 23 seats and they are leaving with 22, Labour went in with 16 but are coming out with 17, the Thurrock Independents went in with nine and are coming out with nine. The biggest change was the addition of an independent.

Labour Councillor Jane Pothecary, who successfully defended her seat in Grays Riverside described the night as “A strange one where there have been a lot of changes but also very little change”.

For now, Thurrock remains in the control of the Conservatives but in the coming days it could be possible that Labour and the Thurrock Independents form an alliance, creating a minority administration.

Councillor Rob Gledhill, leader of the council, said he had gone into these elections with confidence, despite early warnings that the Tories would face a difficult time across the country due to national politics.

He said: “I’m no more concerned than any of the other parties. We have been out knocking on doors and delivering leaflets and I think it is paying off. On the doorstep the first thing that comes up is Brexit and national politics but after that Brexit hump people get down to the local issues.”

Aveley and Uplands

Colin Churchman (Conservative) 660
Peter Smith (Thurrock Independent) 513
Charlie Curtis (Labour) 333

Maj 147
Turnout 20.74%

Cons Gain

Belhus

Chris Baker (Thurrock Independents) 670
Lee Watson (Labour) 660
Romanus Nwakuna (Conservative) 255
Dave Bradshaw (British Unionist and Sovereignty Party) 148

Maj: 10
Turnout 24.19%

Thurrock Indy Hold

Chadwell St Mary

Daniel Chukwu (Labour) 863
Sara Muldowney (Labour) 783
Steve Minett (Thurrock Independents) 488
Stacey Clark (Thurrock Independents) 456
Georgette Polley (Cons) 301
Paul Polley (Cons) 267
Stephen Andrews: 142

Maj: 375 and 327
Turnout: 25.07%

Lab Hold x 2

Chafford and North Stifford

Mark Coxshall (Cons) 624
Rafal Zak (Labour) 354
Graham Hamilton (Thurrock Independents) 190
Julian Puttergill (Green) 145

Maj 270
Turnout: 23.96%

Cons Hold

Corringham and Fobbing

Deborah Huelin (Cons) 848
John Cecil (Lab) 316
Gbenga Olajugbagbe (Thurrock Independents) 255

Maj: 532
Turnout: 32.56%

Cons Hold

East Tilbury

Fraser Massey (Independent) 984
Michael Keal (Ukip) 196
Glenn Stanley (Cons) 161
Jacqueline Dobson (Labour) 158
Oliver Smith (Thurrock Independents) 74

Maj: 788
Turnout: 30.73

Ind Gain

Grays Riverside

Jane Pothecary (Lab) 800
Kevin McNamara (Lib-Dems) 399
Gurjit Thandi (Cons) 299
Kanlayani Sisasima (Thurrock Independents) 218

Maj 401
Turnout: 21.56%

Lab Hold

Grays Thurrock

Catherine Kent (Lab) 925
James Thandi (Cons) 513
Shelby Mayes (Thurrock Independents) 445

Maj 412
Turnout 26.68

Lab Hold

Little Thurrock Rectory

Tom Kelly (Cons) 586
Russell Cherry (Thurrock Independents) 426
Les Strange (Labour) 289
Neil Rivett (Ukip) 148

Maj 162
Turnout 31.68

Cons Hold

Ockendon

Andrew Jeffries (Cons): 982
Ruth Clapham (Labour) 745
Jan Baker (Thurrock Independents): 663

Maj: 237
Turnout: 30.9%

Cons Hold

Stanford East and Corringham Town

Shane Ralph (Thurrock Independents) 812
Roy Jones (Cons) 709
Carl Morris (Labour) 394

Maj 103
Turnout 29.88%

Ind Gain

Stanford-le-Hope West

Shane Hebb (Cons) 921
Michael Fawcett (Thurrock Independents) 313
Clifford Holloway (Lab) 274

Maj 608
Turnout 28.34%

Cons Hold

Stifford Clays

Jennifer Smith (Thurrock Independent) 610
Jennifer Craft (Lab) 492
Graham Snell (Cons) 485

Maj: 118
Turnout

Thurrock Ind Gain

The Homesteads

Gary Byrne (Thurrock Independents) 960
Paul Arnold (Cons) 946
Dan Norton (Labour) 328

Maj
Turnout 34.51

Tilbury Riverside and Thurrock Park

Allen Mayes (Thurrock Independents) 712
Clare Baldwin (Labour) 429
Daryl Palmer (Cons) 103

Maj 283
Turnout 27.05

Thurrock Ind Gain

West Thurrock and South Stifford

Victoria Holloway (Lab) 752
Jimmy Mower (Thurrock Independents) 358
Joseph Kaley (Cons) 262

Maj 394
Turnout: 17.39%

Lab Hold

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