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Thurrock Council AGM

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Thurrock Gazette: Matt Abbott

Matt Abbott, Chief Reporter

Steven Liddiard is elected as the borough's mayor for the next year

  • Sue Gray is elected as deputy mayor
  • Appointments to the council's cabinet and committees agreed
  • Ukip abstain from all votes - including of the mayor and chairmen to key committees.

  • Comments


    poortaxpayer 8:28pm Wed 11 Jun 14

    Bonkers to have Terry Hipsey Chair of the Planning Committee when he lives in Norfolk?

    Score: 7
    TOBI13 7:49pm Wed 11 Jun 14

    well now this is all very interesting vote UKIP get LABOUR??????

    Score: 6
    poortaxpayer 7:31pm Wed 11 Jun 14

    I hope they don't re-elect the Norfolk base Chair of the Planning Committee. Please choose someone who lives locally.

    Score: 6
    TOBI13 9:13pm Wed 11 Jun 14

    maybe we should take a LITTLE bit of a closer look at the voting tonight lol

    Score: 3
    Strike Back 10:38am Thu 12 Jun 14

    So I vote for UKIP and end up with Labour
    What was the point of that fat arsed sticky beaks

    Score: 2
    woodsider 11:19am Thu 12 Jun 14

    By not voting on committee chairperson allocations the UKIP councillors might be expressing some silent point of principle in not wanting to work with the established parties. They might argue the chairperson doesn't reflect how a committee votes so is an irrelevance. But they have inadvertently enabled the 'status quo' when they are supposed to reflect change. Committee chairperson has a strong influence over the direction of the committee and so, as several comments already indicate, the council is still firmly in the hands of the previous administration. I was neutral at the council election but was UKIP a wasted vote in local council terms?

    Score: 5
    cynic all 3:21pm Thu 12 Jun 14

    They held a meeting for 1 hour 35 minutes and apart from giving themselves silly titles they did not achieve anything . One big talking shop , Still its a good way to feel important and waste money .

    Score: 2
    L LeBreton 2:31pm Thu 12 Jun 14

    TOBI13 wrote…


    well now this is all very interesting vote UKIP get LABOUR??????

    Isn't it just? But a totally different kettle of fish with the UKIP councillors down the road in Basildon who won't have any truck whatsoever with toxic Labour.

    This bunch are clearly inept. I just watched a video of last night's "action" and ex National Front UKIP Cllr Robert Ray and his inept missus were clearly trying to up their image by abstaining from the mayoral vote and in effect, electing a Labour mayor.

    You could see the unease of the UKIP bunch quite clearly. Not at all like their colleagues in Basildon and elsewhere in Essex, they appear clueless and totally vacant.

    They only got elected in the first place because, for some people, if you stuck a purple rosette on a pig, they'd vote for it. This is particularly true of the candidates in Thurrock.

    The only decent one is Clive Broad, somebody who knows what he is talking about. Pity he hasn't got elected yet because he would kick some serious @rse. Instead the people of Thurrock elect this bunch of baboons.

    Definitely NOT the best individuals to promote UKIP as they are so desperate to get past Ray's National Front image that they will roll over and play dead for Labour.

    Pathetic.

    Shame on you Thurrock and for those of you who voted in Timur Aker (another political baboon). This man is a backstabber who @rselicks the UKIP "management" and has his nose so far up Farage's rear end he can practically see out of his mouth.

    In fact, I'd rather have voted in a Labour MEP than this no mark and believe me I detest Labour with a passion.

    But at least you know what you get when you vote Labour. Vote for this lot and all you get is a mishmash of left v right identity crisis.

    This lot clearly don't know their @rse from their elbow.

    Score: 2
    L LeBreton 2:34pm Thu 12 Jun 14

    Strike Back wrote…


    So I vote for UKIP and end up with Labour
    What was the point of that fat arsed sticky beaks

    because you were duped. You THOUGHT you were getting UKIP and instead you got a bunch of a-holes who don't know their @rse from their elbow.

    Normally you'd get decent Kippers but I'm afraid down at Thurrock they are the duff crop.

    Next time do some research on the candidates before you vote, seriously.

    Robert Ray and co abstained from the mayoral vote thus giving control to Labour.

    Talk about lily livered. See my above comments.

    Score: 1
    L LeBreton 2:41pm Thu 12 Jun 14

    woodsider wrote…


    By not voting on committee chairperson allocations the UKIP councillors might be expressing some silent point of principle in not wanting to work with the established parties. They might argue the chairperson doesn't reflect how a committee votes so is an irrelevance. But they have inadvertently enabled the 'status quo' when they are supposed to reflect change. Committee chairperson has a strong influence over the direction of the committee and so, as several comments already indicate, the council is still firmly in the hands of the previous administration. I was neutral at the council election but was UKIP a wasted vote in local council terms?

    Pity he never abstained on the merger with Barking and Dagenham. Thurrock UKIP group, turkeys voting for Christmas.

    Score: 5
    Strike Back 4:30pm Thu 12 Jun 14

    Labour OUT

    Score: 1
    TOBI13 11:14pm Thu 12 Jun 14

    well the circus has started and im sure their will be some fine acts to entertain us.However on a serious note this is our future in thurrock being discussed in these meetings. The genie is out of the bottle and we have all been kippered. Watch and learn.

    Score: 2
    Sugarman 2:20pm Fri 13 Jun 14

    Terry Hipsey should be made to step down as he lives in Norfolk. It's beyond stupid to let him stay in charge.

    Score: 5
    lorraine21 8:41pm Fri 13 Jun 14

    Congratulations to Sue Gray on becoming Deputy Mayor, well deserved and it could not have gone to anyone else better. Really pleased for her!

    Score: 0

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