Ukip wants to scrap cabinet

Tim Aker

Tim Aker

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UKIP’S aspiring MP hopes his party will rehape the political landscape in Thurrock.

Tim Aker, who aims to take on Tory MP Jackie Doyle- Price at next year’s general election, says his party wants Thurrock Council to return to the committee system, which allows all councillors to play a part in policy-making.

The current cabinet system leaves a small group of portfolio holders, usually from the largest party, holding all the power.

Mr Aker, pictured, who was elected a Member of the European Parliament for the East of England last month, said: “In Norfolk and Cambridgeshire county councils, we’ve held the balance of power and successfully changed the structure from the cabinet system to the committee system.

“It’s something we’ve already discussed, it’s party policy. We’re not going to rush into it but, with the four-year terms our councillors have got, it’s a priority and a deal-breaker for anything the party is asked to vote on.”

Labour leader John Kent revealed the line up of the 2014/15 cabinet last week ahead of tonight's (Wednesday) council annual general meeting.

Ukip also plans to open a constituency office in Thurrock following its success in the local and European elections.

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2:07pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Jack222 says...

A silly idea; committees mean no decisions are made unless they make enormous noise. Basically a ploy for UKIP to get on committees, make enormous noise and complain when their ideas are rejected...
A silly idea; committees mean no decisions are made unless they make enormous noise. Basically a ploy for UKIP to get on committees, make enormous noise and complain when their ideas are rejected... Jack222
  • Score: -45

3:56pm Wed 11 Jun 14

matthedad says...

Great idea
Great idea matthedad
  • Score: 36

5:07pm Wed 11 Jun 14

poortaxpayer says...

Tonight please remove the Norfolk living Chairman of the Planning Committee and replace him with someone who lives in Thurrock and will have to live amongst their decisions unlike the current Chair who can clear off to his Norfolk cottage.
Tonight please remove the Norfolk living Chairman of the Planning Committee and replace him with someone who lives in Thurrock and will have to live amongst their decisions unlike the current Chair who can clear off to his Norfolk cottage. poortaxpayer
  • Score: 25

11:28am Thu 12 Jun 14

woodsider says...

Thurrock Council (under committee based governance) prevailed over the progressive decline of the borough over 40 years. When the council went unitary (outside of Essex control) it was almost immediately tied by Thames Gateway DC usurping its authority leading to further decline. Only since the move to the cabinet governance structure and since the removal of the Thames Gateway unelected control, has there been positive moves towards improvement in Thurrock - albeit still very limited. Going backwards is not the answer. But reversion to becoming a part of Essex might. Sitting as a minnow between Essex, Kent and London is dangerous ground.
Thurrock Council (under committee based governance) prevailed over the progressive decline of the borough over 40 years. When the council went unitary (outside of Essex control) it was almost immediately tied by Thames Gateway DC usurping its authority leading to further decline. Only since the move to the cabinet governance structure and since the removal of the Thames Gateway unelected control, has there been positive moves towards improvement in Thurrock - albeit still very limited. Going backwards is not the answer. But reversion to becoming a part of Essex might. Sitting as a minnow between Essex, Kent and London is dangerous ground. woodsider
  • Score: -2

11:34am Thu 12 Jun 14

woodsider says...

In fact UKIP might consider promoting the reunion of Thurrock into Essex. Recent election results reveal Thurrock voters to be close in opinion to the surrounding Essex districts and not in synch at all with outer London voters. Just look at the case of Yarm voters who recently voted in a local referendum to promote the case for their district being reunited with Yorkshire based on the traditional and cultural background of the district. Look at all performance indicators of Essex boroughs relative to Thurrock; they are better in most cases.
In fact UKIP might consider promoting the reunion of Thurrock into Essex. Recent election results reveal Thurrock voters to be close in opinion to the surrounding Essex districts and not in synch at all with outer London voters. Just look at the case of Yarm voters who recently voted in a local referendum to promote the case for their district being reunited with Yorkshire based on the traditional and cultural background of the district. Look at all performance indicators of Essex boroughs relative to Thurrock; they are better in most cases. woodsider
  • Score: 4

2:18pm Thu 12 Jun 14

L LeBreton says...

Timur (correct spelling) Aker is as sincere as a knocked off Chinese imitation Sekonda watch.

Why would he go from 85 grand a year as an MEP down to 65 grand as a Westminster MP.

All Euro MPs are paid £700 without questions asked or receipts required to travel to the EU parliament while Thurrock's MP gets a bog standard travelcard.

On top of all the generous perks, Euro MPs get £300 a day CASH just for turning up while Westminster MPs get zilch. Euro MPs get very little case work and none of them do surgeries while Westminster MPs have to work very hard to see their constituents so why are we to believe Timur Aker would genuinely want to be forced to do an honest day's collar representing Thurrock in Westminster when he can be a freeloader riding the EU gravy train all the way to Brussels and back.

Who is he trying to kid?

In 2010 /11 the people of Aveley and Uplands Ward saw through him and rejected him at the ballot box. Thurrock doesn't want this two time loser representing them. Or maybe he should apply for the parliamentary seat that covers Skegness. I understand Timur had a very interesting night out in 2012 at a bar in Skegness.
Timur (correct spelling) Aker is as sincere as a knocked off Chinese imitation Sekonda watch. Why would he go from 85 grand a year as an MEP down to 65 grand as a Westminster MP. All Euro MPs are paid £700 without questions asked or receipts required to travel to the EU parliament while Thurrock's MP gets a bog standard travelcard. On top of all the generous perks, Euro MPs get £300 a day CASH just for turning up while Westminster MPs get zilch. Euro MPs get very little case work and none of them do surgeries while Westminster MPs have to work very hard to see their constituents so why are we to believe Timur Aker would genuinely want to be forced to do an honest day's collar representing Thurrock in Westminster when he can be a freeloader riding the EU gravy train all the way to Brussels and back. Who is he trying to kid? In 2010 /11 the people of Aveley and Uplands Ward saw through him and rejected him at the ballot box. Thurrock doesn't want this two time loser representing them. Or maybe he should apply for the parliamentary seat that covers Skegness. I understand Timur had a very interesting night out in 2012 at a bar in Skegness. L LeBreton
  • Score: -9

10:25am Fri 13 Jun 14

OckendonPaul says...

Maybe not everyone is as money orientated as L Lebreton...
Maybe not everyone is as money orientated as L Lebreton... OckendonPaul
  • Score: 5

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