Thurrock MP and Councillor war of words over WW1 centenary event

MP Jackie Doyle-Price

Councillor Lynn Worrall

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A WAR of words between Thurrock MP Jackie Doyle-Price and borough Councillor Lynn Worrall erupted over the no show of Tory members at Monday’s First World War centenary service.

Labour councillor Ms Worrall tweeted to say it was a disgrace and disrespectful that not one Tory councillor or Ms Doyle-Price attended the service.

Ms Doyle-Price responded by saying she was in Bosnia supporting victims of war and that not one Tory councillor was invited to the service at Tilbury Fort, demanding an apology from the councillor.

The Twitter conversation in full:

Lynn Worrall: Not one Tory councillor or JDP attended this important historic event. Disgraceful and disrespectful.

Jackie Doyle-Price: Neither disgraceful nor disrespectful. I have been in Bosnia supporting victims of war. Cheap and beneath you.

LW: I am big enough to apologise to you JDP. No excuse the Thurrock Tories were not represented at the service.

JDP: Incidentally I didn't receive an invite, nor did the Conservative cllrs I have asked. I think you owe them an apology too.

LW: All 49 cllrs were sent a save the date calendar invite from members services. I await my apology!

JDP: Not what I have been advised and as I haven't received anything, perhaps there has been an error.

LW: I take it no apology then for your error?

JDP: Err what error? My office received nothing. Think you need to check with TBC (Thurrock Borough Council). Very disappointing you are playing politics here.

LW: I was having a quiet evening till you tweeted requesting an apology I didn't need to give. The fact is no Tory attended.

JDP: Well think again before you tweet and press release defaming me and Conservatives in Thurrock without getting your facts right.

LW: I gave a report to full council, there was a calendar invite to all cllrs and a Tory on the events committee. I rest my case.

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12:51pm Wed 6 Aug 14

PTwine says...

How ironic that we find a local counsellor trying to points score and bad name our Thurrock MP at such an important and touching occasion. Reading the tweets I would suggest counsellor Worrall gives MP Doyle-Price a deserved apology. From back tracking and saying an invite had been sent, to counsellor Worrall giving a report to full council shows her mistake in not getting her facts right, a competent councellor!
To add to this, I have been a Labour supporter for many years and find the new 'Blue' Labour council in Thuurock deficient and poor. Begin to look after the people of Thurrock and earn your inflated allowances we pay for. Unless you do, I for one will looking elsewhere to cast my vote.
Peter Twine
How ironic that we find a local counsellor trying to points score and bad name our Thurrock MP at such an important and touching occasion. Reading the tweets I would suggest counsellor Worrall gives MP Doyle-Price a deserved apology. From back tracking and saying an invite had been sent, to counsellor Worrall giving a report to full council shows her mistake in not getting her facts right, a competent councellor! To add to this, I have been a Labour supporter for many years and find the new 'Blue' Labour council in Thuurock deficient and poor. Begin to look after the people of Thurrock and earn your inflated allowances we pay for. Unless you do, I for one will looking elsewhere to cast my vote. Peter Twine PTwine
  • Score: 13

3:28pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Indred Cold says...

Worall should be dismissed over this disgusting remarks I expect nothing else from labour scum bags
Worall should be dismissed over this disgusting remarks I expect nothing else from labour scum bags Indred Cold
  • Score: 22

7:14pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Ed Woods says...

We now have the sordid spectacle of Thurrock Labour and Conservative Politicians including Jackie Doyle-Price MP slagging each other off on Twitter and trying to score cheap political points against each other. They need to have their collective heads banged together and reminded their pathetic bahaviour is overshadowing the commemoration event. Grow up, act like adults not stupid immature prats and show some decorum and community leadership. One would have expected more dignified behaviour from our elected representatives.
We now have the sordid spectacle of Thurrock Labour and Conservative Politicians including Jackie Doyle-Price MP slagging each other off on Twitter and trying to score cheap political points against each other. They need to have their collective heads banged together and reminded their pathetic bahaviour is overshadowing the commemoration event. Grow up, act like adults not stupid immature prats and show some decorum and community leadership. One would have expected more dignified behaviour from our elected representatives. Ed Woods
  • Score: 9

8:00am Thu 7 Aug 14

Dave_ says...

Ahhh the wonders of social media. When will people learn especially those in the public eye, that it will bite you more than cuddle you and once out there it's out there.
Ironically I know a few people in ex-serice organisations who would be invited to these events and given it's a known date and the months of media interest, they only got "invites" last week and couldn't attend. Frankly it seems the organisation of these was a shambolic.
Ahhh the wonders of social media. When will people learn especially those in the public eye, that it will bite you more than cuddle you and once out there it's out there. Ironically I know a few people in ex-serice organisations who would be invited to these events and given it's a known date and the months of media interest, they only got "invites" last week and couldn't attend. Frankly it seems the organisation of these was a shambolic. Dave_
  • Score: 4

3:46pm Thu 7 Aug 14

ebagumtrebor says...

This all sounds a bit contrived to me on behalf of Councillor Worrall. Either no invites or late invites appear to have been sent. Surely the MP would have sent her apologies if she'd received an invite as she would know the reaction if she hadn't. Similarly with the Councillors. It all seems like a shabby trick from the Labour Councillor. Why is it that the local Labour party seem hell bent on cheap political tricks and hypocritical finger pointing. God forbid if they get voted in next year.
This all sounds a bit contrived to me on behalf of Councillor Worrall. Either no invites or late invites appear to have been sent. Surely the MP would have sent her apologies if she'd received an invite as she would know the reaction if she hadn't. Similarly with the Councillors. It all seems like a shabby trick from the Labour Councillor. Why is it that the local Labour party seem hell bent on cheap political tricks and hypocritical finger pointing. God forbid if they get voted in next year. ebagumtrebor
  • Score: 7

12:09pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Paul_Grays says...

I'm all for helping others but why is JDP even in Bosnia. I'm sick of people being voted and paid to represent their region but engaging in activities that have nothing to do with Essex/UK.
I'm sure it was not a jolly but was it also really necessary.
And please don't give me the Clegg/Cameron dross about Moral duty and the UK being a key player for change on the international stage.
I'm all for helping others but why is JDP even in Bosnia. I'm sick of people being voted and paid to represent their region but engaging in activities that have nothing to do with Essex/UK. I'm sure it was not a jolly but was it also really necessary. And please don't give me the Clegg/Cameron dross about Moral duty and the UK being a key player for change on the international stage. Paul_Grays
  • Score: 2

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