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|Conservative Jackie Doyle-Price became Thurrock MP in May 2010, defeating Labour rival Carl Morris by 92 votes.|
12:18pm Thursday 24th October 2013
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11:35am Wednesday 25th September 2013
AFTER the recent security alert which saw the closure of the Dartford crossing, anyone who says there is no need for further crossings is either living in cloud cuckoo land or never has to drive around Thurrock.
1:19pm Wednesday 11th September 2013
11:51am Thursday 29th August 2013
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12:15pm Wednesday 31st July 2013
FOR many residents, the only service they feel they get from the council for paying their council tax is getting their bins emptied once a week. When that goes wrong, they feel justifiably aggrieved and expect someone to be held to account.
12:03pm Wednesday 3rd July 2013
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1:14pm Wednesday 24th April 2013
AS the performance of Basildon Hospital comes under scrutiny following the review at Mid Staffordshire, the media is full of stories where the performance of the Trust has been less than it should be.
10:55am Wednesday 10th April 2013
MARGARET Thatcher was one of the towering figures of the 20th century. She saved our country by liberating it from union militancy and state control. She ended the Cold War and the threat of nuclear conflict. Her impact on British politics and society has been transformational.
3:36pm Wednesday 27th March 2013
11:23am Wednesday 13th March 2013
THE future of central Grays has long been a feature of my postbag. It is now high time that we put the future of Grays higher up the agenda and put some real effort into making the town the best it can be.
12:42pm Wednesday 27th February 2013
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1:07pm Wednesday 30th January 2013
12:13pm Wednesday 16th January 2013
REMEMBER Jim Bowen on game show Bullseye, who when contestants failed to win Bully’s star prize were treated to the line ‘let’s look at what you could have won’? Well it is a bit like that in the House of Commons when David Miliband gets up to speak.
12:33pm Wednesday 2nd January 2013
THE news that a young Indian woman has lost her life after a brutal gang rape in New Delhi is a stark reminder that many women around the world do not enjoy the same freedoms and liberties as we do in this country.
1:50pm Wednesday 19th December 2012
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4:55pm Wednesday 21st November 2012
12:51pm Tuesday 6th November 2012
12:25pm Wednesday 24th October 2012
IS Thurrock in London or Essex? A silly question you may think, but given the strengthening of Thurrock Council’s management arrangements with the authority in Barking and Dagenham, I think it is time to have a proper debate about the future of Thurrock. I
12:37pm Wednesday 10th October 2012
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11:38am Wednesday 29th August 2012
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1:25pm Wednesday 20th June 2012
TODAY'S column is dedicated to a special lady – Deirdre Lodge. Damp and mould in housing is a health hazard and a major cause of asthma, especially in children. Deirdre came to see me late last year as she wished to raise awareness of the health consequences.
10:42am Wednesday 6th June 2012
3:12pm Wednesday 23rd May 2012
THE introduction of the Right to Buy for council tenants was the underpinning of a revolution which enabled property ownership to become a reality rather than a dream for more than two million council tenants all over the country.
11:37am Wednesday 9th May 2012
ANOTHER election over. No doubt Labour will be pleased they have finally taken Thurrock Council outright for the first time since 2004 and the Conservatives can take comfort that their losses were less than might have been anticipated.
12:09pm Wednesday 25th April 2012
MY POSTBAG this week has been dominated by disappointed parents who have failed to get their child into the school of their choice. Often, siblings are being sent to different schools some distance apart.
10:28am Wednesday 11th April 2012
11:21am Wednesday 28th March 2012
FINALLY, the Health and Social Care Bill has become law. There has been a lot of heat spoken about the NHS reforms, so now the measure has passed I want to reassure you by addressing some of the key points.
11:39am Wednesday 14th March 2012
LAST week I went to Bosnia-Herzegovina with parliamentarians from across Europe. It is 17 years since the Bosnian Serbs slaughtered 8,000 men and boys at Srebrenica – an appalling act of genocide committed while the world looked on.
11:02am Wednesday 29th February 2012
10:42am Wednesday 15th February 2012
10:38am Wednesday 1st February 2012
Last week the local news was dominated by events at Coryton refinery. I am sure we are all hopeful that a long-term solution can be found to a problem which has nothing to do with the business of the refinery and everything to do with continued turbulence in the financial markets.
11:02am Thursday 19th January 2012
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10:56am Wednesday 21st December 2011
I WAS fortunate to be welcomed by David Cameron to Chequers last week following the European Union summit where he became the first British Prime Minister to use the veto when faced with a new European Treaty which did not do enough to safeguard UK interests.
12:02pm Wednesday 23rd November 2011
11:25am Wednesday 9th November 2011
AS A member of the Public Accounts Committee in Parliament, it is my job to scrutinise the detail of Government spending and assess whether it is offering value for money. There has been a lot of interest in rising energy bills and last week we looked at the plan to install smart meters in all households by 2019. The proposition is that every household is fitted with a meter for both gas and electricity, so households can reduce their energy consumption. The cost of the installation will be borne by customers. The cost of fitting the meters is £240 and they will reduce energy consumption by £23 per household a year.