Tilbury councillor Allen Mayes finds that defecting to Tories pays

Allen Mayes

TWO new Councillors are set to join Thurrock Council’s Cabinet in the new portfolios of Health and Air Quality, and Education.

Cllr Andrew Jefferies will take on the role of Cabinet Member for Education while Cllr Allen Mayes will join Cabinet heading up the Health and Air Quality portfolio.

Cllr Jefferies said: “I am delighted to have been asked by the Leader to take on the education portfolio. Here in Thurrock we have seen record investment in our schools but there is still more to be done so I look forward to working with everyone to see our schools and colleges go from strength-to-strength.”

Cllr Mayes said: “I am proud to have been invited to join the Cabinet as portfolio holder for Health and Air Quality. These are two areas I feel passionately about and I have been campaigning for better air quality in Tilbury. I can now work on this across the borough in my new role. I look forward to working with the team to build on the good work already happening.”

Tilbury councillor Mayes has just defected from the Thurrock Independent Group. He will now be able to claim £11,276 as a cabinet member on top of his £9,021 basic councillor allowance.

The decisions come about as a consequence of cllr James Halden quitting as a portfolio holder, citing “irreconcilable differences between himself and council leader, Rob Gledhill.

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