Thursday, April 18, 2024

Thurrock Labour councillors boycott meeting in protest

THURROCK Labour Councillors have boycotted this evenings Full Council meeting in protest at Council decision to refuse a series of legitimate questions tabled for response at the meeting.  

Recent press reports, from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and the Daily Mail, have highlighted concerns about Thurrock Council’s borrowing and investment policy, specifically its involvement with solar farms and with “jet-set tycoon” Liam Kavanagh.

Councillor John Kent, Labour Group Leader of the Labour Group said:

“We have been raising concerns about the council’s Borrowing and Investments strategy for over two years through legitimate council channels, with the political leadership and senior management of the Council. 

“Throughout we have been stonewalled, ignored, falsely reassured, lied to, fobbed off and misled. This latest episode is no different.

“The Leader of the Council and the cabinet member for finance are responsible and should be accountable for the decisions that they and the Conservative cabinet make. 

As opposition councillors, we have a duty to hold the Conservative administration to account and a key way of doing that is to ask questions in public – after all, the people of Thurrock have a right to know what is going on and senior councillors have a duty to tell them.  It’s unacceptable for them to read about in the national press! 

“The decision to refuse to allow us to even ask questions, this evening, further undermines  confidence in the honesty and integrity of the Conservative leadership of Thurrock Council.

Therefore,  Labour Group has taken the unprecedented decision to boycot this evening’s meeting of the Full Council in protest at this latest episode of secrecy.”


  1. Thats really useful to the ratepayers aint it no representation from the Labour elected officials whats the point of voting them in


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