LiveThurrock Council AGM

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Thurrock Gazette: Matt Abbott by , Chief Reporter

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Summary

  • 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.

8:35pm

And that brings the AGM to a close. It is certainly set to be an interesting year of politics in Thurrock.

8:32pm

An interesting night.

A schedule of meetings for the next year is agreed - these will be on the council's website for you eager beavers keen to get along and watch those open to the public.

8:30pm

Ukip HAVE influenced proceedings tonight - but by showing, perhaps, that they don't wish to.

8:29pm

What this does mean - with Ukip abstaining - is that there will be more Labour representatives on outside bodies than last year.

For instance, on the TRUST Management Board last year, Cllr Phil Anderson (Conservative) was the representative. This year, it will be Labour's Richard Speight.

8:22pm

I should add, sorry, that councillors are now voting on which councillors sit on outside bodies. These include bodies like Campain to Protect Rural Essex, Coalhouse Fort Project,  East Thurrock Community Association etc.

8:19pm

And now Labour abstain from a vote between Ukip's Graham Snell and the Conservatives' Simon Wootton for appointment to the Citizens Advice Bureau management committee.

8:13pm

For the first  time tonight, Ukip vote with the Conservatives to make Brian Little vice-chair of the planning committee. Terry Hipsey was made chairman of the committee just a short while ago.

8:06pm

Ah, now, when pressed once more by the new Mayor, Cllr Gledhill concedes that it is "just wasting the council's time". There will be a vote "en-masse" for chairs of the other committees. Basically, this means a show of hands.

8:04pm

Oh no, I pre-empted that vote. Apologies, it was 24-19 this time. One of the independents voted for Labour.

8:02pm

The mayor has just asked the leader of the Conservatives whether they wish to continue with requisition votes.

"Yes," he replies. "It is sad and tedious, but sometimes that's just how democracy is."

So we go again. This time with Cllr Yash Gupta against Cllr Shane Hebb for chairman of tthe Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

Ukip again abstain. We're ploughing towards a highly unexpected 23-20 win.

8:00pm

Cllr Cathy Kent is appointed as chairman of the Cleaner, Greener and Safer Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

7:59pm

7:49pm Wed 11 Jun 14

TOBI13 says

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

7:56pm

For those that aren't sure, the O&S committees scrutinise the council's department reports before they are presented to the council. They effectively act as a "check" on the work of the council.

Cllr Morris-Cook wins that vote, 23-20.

7:55pm

And Ukip are again abstaining by the look of things...

It remains to be seen as to whether or not every vote on the committee will follow this voting pattern. We're on course for a Labour chairman of the Children's services O&S committee.

7:54pm

So there are contested chairs for ALL committees except one. This is going to take a while as AGAIN, the Conservatives ask for a "requisition vote".

Chairman of the Children's overview and scrutiny committee first.

Cllr James Halden for the Conservatives and Cllr Val Morris-Cook for Labour....

7:50pm

Councillors are now discussing the make up of committees, in particular, the Overview and Scrutiny committees and who chairs them.

Just as they did last year, the Conservatives are arguing that those in opposition (the Conservatives, Ukip and the Independents) should chair those committees.

7:45pm

In his address, Mr Kent has just announced that a decision on the Lower Thames Crossing is expected "in the next few weeks".

That's big news - so soon in the municipal year, too.

7:43pm

Council leader John Kent is addressing the meeting now. An interesting speech. He makes a point of saying that the election results recently were not a personal reflection on Wendy Curtis, Lynn Carr or Phil Anderson.

He adds that Tunde Ojetola, defeated in his bid to be a mayor again, is well respected but that the "vagaries" of politics have come to the fore, given how tight the situation was tonight.

7:39pm

Patricia Forrester is announced as the Mayoress for Steven Liddiard.

The Thurrock Community Chest will be the mayor's main charity.

Cllr Kent, in his speech, says: "Although this may have been unexpected, you are well respected across the chamber."

7:34pm

Nice words from Cllr Gray, who says she will "try not to let anyone down" and will do her best to "follow in Wendy Curtis' footsteps".

7:32pm

As before, with Ukip abstaining, the Labour candidate wins the vote by 23-20.

7:30pm

Cllr Sue Gray is elected as deputy mayor of Thurrock for the next year.

7:27pm

And Ukip are abstaining from this vote too. It looks like we're going to have a Labour one-two in the posts of mayor this year - just as we did last year.

7:26pm

The Conservatives have put up Cllr Tunde Ojetola for this one, too. For Labour, it's Cllr Sue Gray.

7:25pm

Now for the vote of a deputy mayor...

7:25pm

He finishes by urging Cllr Liddiard to "make the most of this wonderful opportunity".

7:24pm

Of course, deputy mayor Wendy Curtis lost at the ballot box three weeks ago. It would normally be the case that the deputy would proceed to become mayor, but not on this occasion.

So we have the fun and games of a deputy mayor to be elected yet, too.

Cllr Fish, the outgoing mayor, now saying many thank yous!

7:22pm

Don't forget, your input into tonight's coverage of the meeting is welcomed! You can comment below or, indeed, tweet me (@GazetteMatt) or the Thurrock Gazette (@ThurrockGazette).

7:20pm

On the outgoing mayor, council leader John Kent, pays tribute. He says Cllr Fish has been an "amazing ambassador" for Thurrock.

7:18pm

Cllr Liddiard says he is honoured to have been elected mayor. He says that Cllr Tony Fish will be a tough act to follow - and that he will. Cllr Fish and his consort have worked tirelessly in the last 12 months.

Cllr Liddiard adds that he intends to promote "respect" and "harmony" in Thurrock politics.

7:12pm

Councillor Liddiard is elected as the Mayor of Thurrock for 2014/2015.

The independents voted for the Conservative candidate, but the Tories were still defeated, 23 votes to 20.

7:10pm

Yes, it's going to be one of those nights. One of those long nights.

7:09pm

We're amid a "requisition" vote here, meaning the name of each councillor is read out and their chosen mayor then recited.

7:08pm

Interesting development...

The Ukip councillors are ABSTAINING in the vote for a mayor. That means a Labour mayor is likely here...

7:08pm

Interesting development...

The Ukip councillors are ABSTAINING in the vote for a mayor. That means a Labour mayor is likely here...

7:06pm

So, after prayers from Reverand Darren Barlow - it's time to elect a mayor.

For Labour: Cllr Steven Liddiard

For the Conservatives: Cllr Tunde Ojetola

7:00pm

Good evening!

Welcome to the Gazette's live coverage of the first meeting of municipal year.

I'm sat in the chamber at Civic Office in Grays which is filling up!

Comments (14)

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7:31pm Wed 11 Jun 14

poortaxpayer says...

I hope they don't re-elect the Norfolk base Chair of the Planning Committee. Please choose someone who lives locally.
I hope they don't re-elect the Norfolk base Chair of the Planning Committee. Please choose someone who lives locally. poortaxpayer
  • Score: 6

7:49pm Wed 11 Jun 14

TOBI13 says...

well now this is all very interesting vote UKIP get LABOUR??????
well now this is all very interesting vote UKIP get LABOUR?????? TOBI13
  • Score: 6

8:28pm Wed 11 Jun 14

poortaxpayer says...

Bonkers to have Terry Hipsey Chair of the Planning Committee when he lives in Norfolk?
Bonkers to have Terry Hipsey Chair of the Planning Committee when he lives in Norfolk? poortaxpayer
  • Score: 7

9:13pm Wed 11 Jun 14

TOBI13 says...

maybe we should take a LITTLE bit of a closer look at the voting tonight lol
maybe we should take a LITTLE bit of a closer look at the voting tonight lol TOBI13
  • Score: 3

10:38am Thu 12 Jun 14

Strike Back says...

So I vote for UKIP and end up with Labour
What was the point of that fat arsed sticky beaks
So I vote for UKIP and end up with Labour What was the point of that fat arsed sticky beaks Strike Back
  • Score: 2

11:19am Thu 12 Jun 14

woodsider says...

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?
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? woodsider
  • Score: 5

2:31pm Thu 12 Jun 14

L LeBreton says...

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.
[quote][p][bold]TOBI13[/bold] wrote: well now this is all very interesting vote UKIP get LABOUR??????[/p][/quote]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. L LeBreton
  • Score: 2

2:34pm Thu 12 Jun 14

L LeBreton says...

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.
[quote][p][bold]Strike Back[/bold] wrote: So I vote for UKIP and end up with Labour What was the point of that fat arsed sticky beaks[/p][/quote]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. L LeBreton
  • Score: 1

2:41pm Thu 12 Jun 14

L LeBreton says...

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.
[quote][p][bold]woodsider[/bold] 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?[/p][/quote]Pity he never abstained on the merger with Barking and Dagenham. Thurrock UKIP group, turkeys voting for Christmas. L LeBreton
  • Score: 5

3:21pm Thu 12 Jun 14

cynic all says...

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 .
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 . cynic all
  • Score: 2

4:30pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Strike Back says...

Labour OUT
Labour OUT Strike Back
  • Score: 1

11:14pm Thu 12 Jun 14

TOBI13 says...

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.
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. TOBI13
  • Score: 2

2:20pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Sugarman says...

Terry Hipsey should be made to step down as he lives in Norfolk. It's beyond stupid to let him stay in charge.
Terry Hipsey should be made to step down as he lives in Norfolk. It's beyond stupid to let him stay in charge. Sugarman
  • Score: 5

8:41pm Fri 13 Jun 14

lorraine21 says...

Congratulations to Sue Gray on becoming Deputy Mayor, well deserved and it could not have gone to anyone else better. Really pleased for her!
Congratulations to Sue Gray on becoming Deputy Mayor, well deserved and it could not have gone to anyone else better. Really pleased for her! lorraine21
  • Score: 1

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