Thursday, December 8, 2022

Thurrock Tory councillor once dubbed “the Iron Chancellor” quits Cabinet

Councillor Shane Hebb

THE THURROCK councillor once dubbed the “Iron Chancellor” by his Tory colleagues has quit the cabinet and gone to the backbench.

The Thurrock Tories have published a letter from the Stanford-le-Hope councillor to the acting leader of Thurrock Council, Mark Coxshall.

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Dear Mark,

I greatly appreciated the confidence you showed in me when you asked me to remain in Cabinet when you
became Acting Leader.

When Thurrock Council’s intervention was announced, it was clear that the new Leader of the Council
would need a Cabinet team full of people who can dedicate an increasing amount time to work with all
elected members, the commissioners, and the staff at the council, over the coming months – on top of the
daily responsibilities of a Cabinet brief.

I am sure you may be thinking of completing a Cabinet reshuffle, but I need to be fair to you, and tell you
that I am not currently in the position to give both focus on recovery, as well as serving as a full member of
the Cabinet with departmental duties.

Therefore, I will continue to offer and provide you (as Leader), and our commissioner colleagues, my full services, and inputs into the next few months recovery work – but without assuming wider Cabinet responsibilities and duties.

“I know you share my own concerns that what has happened could happen at other councils – and I want to
play a full part in pursuing and assisting colleagues for the need for greater safeguards, here and
elsewhere.”

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