ELECTION RESULTS: Labour lose overall control of the council as UKIP tear into big two

UKIP celebrate Chris Baker's win in Belhus - it turned out to be a good night for the party in Thurrock

UKIP celebrate Chris Baker's win in Belhus - it turned out to be a good night for the party in Thurrock

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Thurrock Gazette: Matt Abbott by , Chief Reporter

LABOUR lost overall control of Thurrock Council as UKIP tore into the vote share of Thurrock’s two main parties.

UKIP gained FIVE seats - two from Labour and three from the Conservatives - as it took a whopping 39 per cent of the vote across Thurrock, more than double the share of votes it received in 2012 (18 per cent).

Phil Anderson, the leader of Thurrock Conservatives and shadow leader of the council, was knocked from his post in Stanford East and Corringham Town by UKIP candidate Roy Jones.

What were presumed safe Labour seats in Stifford Clays and Belhus - held by popular ward councillors Angie Gaywood and deputy mayor Wendy Curtis - were snatched away by Graham Snell and Chris Baker, as Thurrock’s residents opted for UKIP.

Lynn Carr, who won by a majority of 300 votes against Labour in 2010, had her seat nabbed by Jan Baker who earned a massive 46 per cent of the vote on Thursday.

There were three recounts for the Tilbury St Chads ward, as 11 ballot papers disappeared. But Labour's Steve Liddiard triumphed with a majority of 18.

There was a recount for the Stifford Clays ward, too, where Labour seemed stunned that they had lost to UKIP - just eight months after winning a by-election there.

Across the borough, Labour took 30 per cent of the vote, while the Conservatives took 28 per cent.

The result means Labour now have 23 seats on the council, the Conservatives 18, UKIP six, with two independents.

UKIP’s Roy Jones, whose win in Stanford East and Corringham Town was the shock of the night, said: “People want change. They’ve had enough of the Pinky and Perky politics. We talk the language of the lay man.

“Until a few years ago, we were thought of as fruit cakes. But not now.”

Mr Anderson blamed his defeat to UKIP on the collapse of the Labour vote in his ward. “The collapse of the Labour vote was so huge and all of those votes went to UKIP. My share of the vote was up by 150 on 2012.”

But Labour denied that it had been a “disastrous” night for them.

John Kent, Labour leader and formerly leader of the council, said: “It’s been a really tough election and clearly, UKIP have given a bit of a kicking to both the main parties.

“We need a period of reflection and to move forward in as mature a way as possible to ensure the council can deliver the best for residents in a difficult time.”

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7:56am Fri 23 May 14

Indred Cold says...

John Kent is living in denial you took a kicking comrade
labours stance on Europe has cost you dear please to see some people in Thurrock at last see that labour does not work and is full of ****
John Kent is living in denial you took a kicking comrade labours stance on Europe has cost you dear please to see some people in Thurrock at last see that labour does not work and is full of **** Indred Cold
  • Score: 30

9:17am Fri 23 May 14

jb411 says...

Indred Cold wrote:
John Kent is living in denial you took a kicking comrade
labours stance on Europe has cost you dear please to see some people in Thurrock at last see that labour does not work and is full of ****
Hear Hear!
[quote][p][bold]Indred Cold[/bold] wrote: John Kent is living in denial you took a kicking comrade labours stance on Europe has cost you dear please to see some people in Thurrock at last see that labour does not work and is full of ****[/p][/quote]Hear Hear! jb411
  • Score: 20

10:04am Fri 23 May 14

d_2da_ougle says...

so whos head of the council now then
so whos head of the council now then d_2da_ougle
  • Score: 6

10:23am Fri 23 May 14

OckendonPaul says...

Conservatives + ukip = 24, beats Labour. Bet they regret the 'fruitcakes' remark now...
Conservatives + ukip = 24, beats Labour. Bet they regret the 'fruitcakes' remark now... OckendonPaul
  • Score: 15

11:28am Fri 23 May 14

ebagumtrebor says...

What a slimy remark by Kent. What he means to say is, "I'm going to be on my knees begging the two independents to keep me in power".

God forbid he may have to go and get a real job.
What a slimy remark by Kent. What he means to say is, "I'm going to be on my knees begging the two independents to keep me in power". God forbid he may have to go and get a real job. ebagumtrebor
  • Score: 17

1:44pm Fri 23 May 14

Indred Cold says...

ebagumtrebor wrote:
What a slimy remark by Kent. What he means to say is, "I'm going to be on my knees begging the two independents to keep me in power".

God forbid he may have to go and get a real job.
Well said
[quote][p][bold]ebagumtrebor[/bold] wrote: What a slimy remark by Kent. What he means to say is, "I'm going to be on my knees begging the two independents to keep me in power". God forbid he may have to go and get a real job.[/p][/quote]Well said Indred Cold
  • Score: 13

1:44pm Fri 23 May 14

Indred Cold says...

ebagumtrebor wrote:
What a slimy remark by Kent. What he means to say is, "I'm going to be on my knees begging the two independents to keep me in power".

God forbid he may have to go and get a real job.
Well said
[quote][p][bold]ebagumtrebor[/bold] wrote: What a slimy remark by Kent. What he means to say is, "I'm going to be on my knees begging the two independents to keep me in power". God forbid he may have to go and get a real job.[/p][/quote]Well said Indred Cold
  • Score: 9

2:52pm Fri 23 May 14

OckendonPaul says...

So the biggest story in the country rolls into Thurrock (Nigel Farage appears in Ockendon) and the Gazzette seems to have missed it. Sounds about right for this rag.
Pics on the Daily Mail website.
So the biggest story in the country rolls into Thurrock (Nigel Farage appears in Ockendon) and the Gazzette seems to have missed it. Sounds about right for this rag. Pics on the Daily Mail website. OckendonPaul
  • Score: 13

3:46pm Fri 23 May 14

Dave_ says...

Now it's time for UKIP to show up at the party. How they perform and align themselves in local govt will determine the direction of the protest vote next time round. It's one thing to make promises / say what you'll do when you aren't really in a position to deliver, BUT an entirely different kettle of fish when you are. They may only have 6 wards in Thurrock, but how they vote or not will have an influence on what happens.
Mind you watching the news a new female UKIP Cllr in Basildon said I'm non-political. You really wanted a Paxman or similar there, to ask the question. If people in his party actually think like that Farage has got a problem. IMO you cannot stand for election in a political process and say you're not political. I think she must have got confused with the WI!
Now it's time for UKIP to show up at the party. How they perform and align themselves in local govt will determine the direction of the protest vote next time round. It's one thing to make promises / say what you'll do when you aren't really in a position to deliver, BUT an entirely different kettle of fish when you are. They may only have 6 wards in Thurrock, but how they vote or not will have an influence on what happens. Mind you watching the news a new female UKIP Cllr in Basildon said I'm non-political. You really wanted a Paxman or similar there, to ask the question. If people in his party actually think like that Farage has got a problem. IMO you cannot stand for election in a political process and say you're not political. I think she must have got confused with the WI! Dave_
  • Score: 12

5:57pm Fri 23 May 14

Chris12 says...

Dave_ wrote:
Now it's time for UKIP to show up at the party. How they perform and align themselves in local govt will determine the direction of the protest vote next time round. It's one thing to make promises / say what you'll do when you aren't really in a position to deliver, BUT an entirely different kettle of fish when you are. They may only have 6 wards in Thurrock, but how they vote or not will have an influence on what happens. Mind you watching the news a new female UKIP Cllr in Basildon said I'm non-political. You really wanted a Paxman or similar there, to ask the question. If people in his party actually think like that Farage has got a problem. IMO you cannot stand for election in a political process and say you're not political. I think she must have got confused with the WI!
Totally agree - UKIP need to add substance to the style. The other parties nationally will be adjusting to regain those who have defected. The detail from UKIP in terms of policy is still lacking. A lack of detail and further unfortunate tweets or public comments could all work against them. No doubting that they represent a view that some support, not so certain that will translate to Parliamentary seats if the manifesto doesn't stand up to scrutiny.
[quote][p][bold]Dave_[/bold] wrote: Now it's time for UKIP to show up at the party. How they perform and align themselves in local govt will determine the direction of the protest vote next time round. It's one thing to make promises / say what you'll do when you aren't really in a position to deliver, BUT an entirely different kettle of fish when you are. They may only have 6 wards in Thurrock, but how they vote or not will have an influence on what happens. Mind you watching the news a new female UKIP Cllr in Basildon said I'm non-political. You really wanted a Paxman or similar there, to ask the question. If people in his party actually think like that Farage has got a problem. IMO you cannot stand for election in a political process and say you're not political. I think she must have got confused with the WI![/p][/quote]Totally agree - UKIP need to add substance to the style. The other parties nationally will be adjusting to regain those who have defected. The detail from UKIP in terms of policy is still lacking. A lack of detail and further unfortunate tweets or public comments could all work against them. No doubting that they represent a view that some support, not so certain that will translate to Parliamentary seats if the manifesto doesn't stand up to scrutiny. Chris12
  • Score: 7

10:50pm Fri 23 May 14

Marcus P says...

I am not surprised UKIP did well. The LIB/LAB/CONs only last week were claiming there was no significant increase in migration from Bulgaria/ Romania this year. However figures from the ONS show there have been an additional 50,000 applications for UK national insurance numbers. That is 50,000 and their dependents coming to claim the 'English money' despite having paid nothing in to the system.

The UKIP five year ban on all migrants claiming welfare is plain common sense. Yet the other parties play the race card over this issue. No wonder they got their ar**es kicked.
I am not surprised UKIP did well. The LIB/LAB/CONs only last week were claiming there was no significant increase in migration from Bulgaria/ Romania this year. However figures from the ONS show there have been an additional 50,000 applications for UK national insurance numbers. That is 50,000 and their dependents coming to claim the 'English money' despite having paid nothing in to the system. The UKIP five year ban on all migrants claiming welfare is plain common sense. Yet the other parties play the race card over this issue. No wonder they got their ar**es kicked. Marcus P
  • Score: 14

1:16pm Sun 25 May 14

poortaxpayer says...

Is someone having a laugh. one of the Labour councillors lives in Norfolk? Any idea who this is and why are they a councillor in Thurrock???
Is someone having a laugh. one of the Labour councillors lives in Norfolk? Any idea who this is and why are they a councillor in Thurrock??? poortaxpayer
  • Score: 7

3:39pm Wed 28 May 14

jb411 says...

poortaxpayer wrote:
Is someone having a laugh. one of the Labour councillors lives in Norfolk? Any idea who this is and why are they a councillor in Thurrock???
It's true it is Terry Hipsey, has lived in Norfolk for years allegedly, but he changes sides so often who knows where he really is! No idea why he's a councillor still in Thurrock, who knows what they've been getting up to, aside from selling greenbelt land to developers etc. Like to see where all the money's gone too.
[quote][p][bold]poortaxpayer[/bold] wrote: Is someone having a laugh. one of the Labour councillors lives in Norfolk? Any idea who this is and why are they a councillor in Thurrock???[/p][/quote]It's true it is Terry Hipsey, has lived in Norfolk for years allegedly, but he changes sides so often who knows where he really is! No idea why he's a councillor still in Thurrock, who knows what they've been getting up to, aside from selling greenbelt land to developers etc. Like to see where all the money's gone too. jb411
  • Score: 6

6:22pm Wed 28 May 14

poortaxpayer says...

jb411 wrote:
poortaxpayer wrote:
Is someone having a laugh. one of the Labour councillors lives in Norfolk? Any idea who this is and why are they a councillor in Thurrock???
It's true it is Terry Hipsey, has lived in Norfolk for years allegedly, but he changes sides so often who knows where he really is! No idea why he's a councillor still in Thurrock, who knows what they've been getting up to, aside from selling greenbelt land to developers etc. Like to see where all the money's gone too.
He gets £9,602.08 for being a Councillor and £7,573.32 for being Chair of the Planning Committee. Perhaps that is why he remains a Councillor in Thurrock? Strange he votes to concrete over large chunks of the Borough, then again he doesn't live here so doesn't have to live with his decisions does he as he can go home to his country retreat.
[quote][p][bold]jb411[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]poortaxpayer[/bold] wrote: Is someone having a laugh. one of the Labour councillors lives in Norfolk? Any idea who this is and why are they a councillor in Thurrock???[/p][/quote]It's true it is Terry Hipsey, has lived in Norfolk for years allegedly, but he changes sides so often who knows where he really is! No idea why he's a councillor still in Thurrock, who knows what they've been getting up to, aside from selling greenbelt land to developers etc. Like to see where all the money's gone too.[/p][/quote]He gets £9,602.08 for being a Councillor and £7,573.32 for being Chair of the Planning Committee. Perhaps that is why he remains a Councillor in Thurrock? Strange he votes to concrete over large chunks of the Borough, then again he doesn't live here so doesn't have to live with his decisions does he as he can go home to his country retreat. poortaxpayer
  • Score: 5

10:30am Thu 29 May 14

jb411 says...

poortaxpayer wrote:
jb411 wrote:
poortaxpayer wrote:
Is someone having a laugh. one of the Labour councillors lives in Norfolk? Any idea who this is and why are they a councillor in Thurrock???
It's true it is Terry Hipsey, has lived in Norfolk for years allegedly, but he changes sides so often who knows where he really is! No idea why he's a councillor still in Thurrock, who knows what they've been getting up to, aside from selling greenbelt land to developers etc. Like to see where all the money's gone too.
He gets £9,602.08 for being a Councillor and £7,573.32 for being Chair of the Planning Committee. Perhaps that is why he remains a Councillor in Thurrock? Strange he votes to concrete over large chunks of the Borough, then again he doesn't live here so doesn't have to live with his decisions does he as he can go home to his country retreat.
Quite right, the Planners of Thurrock Council are on the way to annihalating Stanford Le Hope for a start, there wont be a bit of greenery left if they have their way. and as mentioned above, Mr. Hipsey doesn't even live in the county so why is Thurrock Council paying him? What a disgrace.
[quote][p][bold]poortaxpayer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jb411[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]poortaxpayer[/bold] wrote: Is someone having a laugh. one of the Labour councillors lives in Norfolk? Any idea who this is and why are they a councillor in Thurrock???[/p][/quote]It's true it is Terry Hipsey, has lived in Norfolk for years allegedly, but he changes sides so often who knows where he really is! No idea why he's a councillor still in Thurrock, who knows what they've been getting up to, aside from selling greenbelt land to developers etc. Like to see where all the money's gone too.[/p][/quote]He gets £9,602.08 for being a Councillor and £7,573.32 for being Chair of the Planning Committee. Perhaps that is why he remains a Councillor in Thurrock? Strange he votes to concrete over large chunks of the Borough, then again he doesn't live here so doesn't have to live with his decisions does he as he can go home to his country retreat.[/p][/quote]Quite right, the Planners of Thurrock Council are on the way to annihalating Stanford Le Hope for a start, there wont be a bit of greenery left if they have their way. and as mentioned above, Mr. Hipsey doesn't even live in the county so why is Thurrock Council paying him? What a disgrace. jb411
  • Score: 4

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