Kiely saga: 'Cannot defend the indefensible'

Thurrock Gazette: Aaron Kiely Aaron Kiely

AN UNDER-FIRE councillor has been accused of “damaging the credibility of politics in Thurrock” before being threatened with removal from the Labour Party.

Cllr John Kent, the leader of Thurrock Labour, was asked by his Tory counterpart Phil Anderson whether he believes the lack of commitment being shown by Ockendon ward councillor Aaron Kiely is damaging the reputation of politics in Thurrock.

The councillor did not attend one meeting of the working group for housing policy earlier this year and has turned up at full council meetings just once every six months, to avoid being struck off.

The Gazette revealed last week he has not made one call from his council phone in six months and constituents can’t remember the last time he was at his own ward surgery.

At last week’s full council meeting, Cllr Kent said he could not “defend the indefensible”.

When asked by Cllr Phil Anderson about Cllr Kiely’s lack of commitment, Cllr Kent responded: “I’m not going to stand here and try to defend the indefensible. “Clearly, Cllr Kiely’s attendance and commitment is not what it should be. It is something I have raised with him consistently, not just this year, but towards the back end of last year as well.

“An investigation was being carried out independently of me and I don’t believe it has yet been completed. When it is, there is a process which will have to be gone through independently of the group in Thurrock.”

Cllr Anderson said: “Sadly local residents look at Cllr Kiely’s actions or inactions and then they look at me, they look at you and other elected members and they just say ‘you’re all the same’.”

Cllr Kent replied: “I am committed to either getting Cllr Kiely to where he is, or managing him out of the group.”

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9:23am Thu 6 Dec 12

ebagumtrebor says...

It's typical behaviour from politicians of introducing a system whereby they can take money from the public purse for doing nothing and not be able to be removed from their post. If people on the dole want money for nothing just get elected as a councillor. It's more than dole m,oney and I'm sure it won't affect other benefits too much. Go out and promise the public the land of milk and honey and hey presto free money in your pocket. What a scam. They'd make great con artists.
It's typical behaviour from politicians of introducing a system whereby they can take money from the public purse for doing nothing and not be able to be removed from their post. If people on the dole want money for nothing just get elected as a councillor. It's more than dole m,oney and I'm sure it won't affect other benefits too much. Go out and promise the public the land of milk and honey and hey presto free money in your pocket. What a scam. They'd make great con artists. ebagumtrebor
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10:27am Thu 6 Dec 12

claysman says...

well said ebagumtrebor i agree with you why cant they just sack this waste of space he should be ashamed of is self
well said ebagumtrebor i agree with you why cant they just sack this waste of space he should be ashamed of is self claysman
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12:41pm Thu 6 Dec 12

DannyButcher says...

What can a lazy, ignorant, self absorbed, selfish person who isn't willing to actually work for the money do........

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What can a lazy, ignorant, self absorbed, selfish person who isn't willing to actually work for the money do........ NO COMMENT DannyButcher
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1:32pm Thu 6 Dec 12

jb411 says...

Why is this ongoing? - get rid of him - he's obviously incompetent and along for the free ride.
Why is this ongoing? - get rid of him - he's obviously incompetent and along for the free ride. jb411
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3:58pm Thu 6 Dec 12

Bernard 87 says...

But he allows them a majority of 1 jb411. Without him Labour lose control of the council.

They rather have the power...
But he allows them a majority of 1 jb411. Without him Labour lose control of the council. They rather have the power... Bernard 87
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4:28pm Thu 6 Dec 12

jb411 says...

Bernard 87 wrote:
But he allows them a majority of 1 jb411. Without him Labour lose control of the council. They rather have the power...
ok thanks for that, well that's why he does nothing and he is along for the free ride and expense account. Shameful. Unethical at the very least. No change there then.
[quote][p][bold]Bernard 87[/bold] wrote: But he allows them a majority of 1 jb411. Without him Labour lose control of the council. They rather have the power...[/p][/quote]ok thanks for that, well that's why he does nothing and he is along for the free ride and expense account. Shameful. Unethical at the very least. No change there then. jb411
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