Hague fumes at losing leadership

Thurrock Gazette: Cllr Garry Hague Cllr Garry Hague

“WE will be back” is the message Garry Hague, now ex-leader of Thurrock Council, wants the people to know.

In an in-depth interview with the Gazette, the ousted leader also called for defected Tories Anne Cheale and Stuart St. Clair-Haslam to “do the decent thing and step down”.

We asked him how he feels about the Labour administration, which took over from his Tory group last week, being propped up by two former Tory group members and BNP councillor Emma Colgate.

He said: “The people that have done this have put themselves and their own interests above their residents and above their own political party. I just don’t understand it.”

So what is his take on how Labour gained power?

He said: “They have cheated democracy. The people clearly voted for more Conservative councillors and they wanted the same for the council.”

With Cllrs Cheale and St Clair Haslam blaming him for their defections, we asked why had he not stepped down when Cllr Cheale tabled a vote of no confidence against him earlier this year?

“It is not for me to say, it is a decision for the group. We had a good year of improvement and its been recognised externally. Thurrock was just starting to build a very positive reputation again.

“It is galling, the group and I have done a very good job and it’s been recognised outside the council. I have lots of residents saying they voted for a Conservative council and now that’s not the case.

“I have never thought about stepping down.”

Now in opposition, will the Tories still be driving towards the same goals?

He said: “We will be a very vigorous opposition, we are very positive about what we have done and about getting back control of Thurrock. We hope it won’t be too long before we are. I think the coalition set up is very unstable.”

I also asked him if he was surprised when Cllr St Claire Haslam defected from the Tories two weeks ago to form the Thurrock Concerned Conservatives with new mayor Anne Cheale.

He said: “Stuart had a troubled time on planning, but I did support him. I was surprised when he jumped ship.

“He should have spoken to me if he had any problems. We will be taking steps to make sure Anne Cheale and Stuart St Clair Haslam are no longer members of the Conservative party.”

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9:10am Wed 26 May 10

Mattster says...

I await Labours promise to get the lorries off london road and up devonshire to be fullfilled. Maybe then they wouldnt be continually fracturing the gas and water mains in London Road.
I await Labours promise to get the lorries off london road and up devonshire to be fullfilled. Maybe then they wouldnt be continually fracturing the gas and water mains in London Road. Mattster
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12:26pm Wed 26 May 10

essexboy_since_2004 says...

Very sad for Thurrock and very sad to see Councillor Hague have to stand down after the Conservatives were voted in to run the council. The whole thing is a complete joke. I hope this circus will not last long and I expect to see Garry back steering the ship soon.
Very sad for Thurrock and very sad to see Councillor Hague have to stand down after the Conservatives were voted in to run the council. The whole thing is a complete joke. I hope this circus will not last long and I expect to see Garry back steering the ship soon. essexboy_since_2004
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1:28pm Wed 26 May 10

devonian says...

Stuart St Clair and Anne Cheale should step down. How spineless, spiteful and egoistically these two elected councillors have behaved. Hopefully both will be voted out in the next local elections. Labour crept in by the back door like low life and may their rule be short lived. Hope all those that contributed to this fiasco soon get their just deserts.
Stuart St Clair and Anne Cheale should step down. How spineless, spiteful and egoistically these two elected councillors have behaved. Hopefully both will be voted out in the next local elections. Labour crept in by the back door like low life and may their rule be short lived. Hope all those that contributed to this fiasco soon get their just deserts. devonian
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5:29pm Wed 26 May 10

bumble 46 says...

Mr. Hague you state that the current situation is an insult to democracy talk about the pot calling the kettle black I seem to remember a few weeks ago you LOSING A VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE but stated that because there was nothing in the constitution of the Council you you ignored that decision if that is not an insult I don't know what is as a common courtesy you should have stepped down the statement you have made is an Hypocrisy
Mr. Hague you state that the current situation is an insult to democracy talk about the pot calling the kettle black I seem to remember a few weeks ago you LOSING A VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE but stated that because there was nothing in the constitution of the Council you you ignored that decision if that is not an insult I don't know what is as a common courtesy you should have stepped down the statement you have made is an Hypocrisy bumble 46
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12:22pm Fri 28 May 10

old man of grays says...

That's his perks knackered ain't it
That's his perks knackered ain't it old man of grays
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4:50pm Fri 28 May 10

I Know too says...

Yeah .. now Johh Kent and Val Cook-Morris are getting them
Yeah .. now Johh Kent and Val Cook-Morris are getting them I Know too
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7:57am Sat 29 May 10

Thurrockforall says...

Politics is about obtaining power. Lot of hard work to do with a Borough needing to get back on track. One of the Quangos to go, could be Thasmes Thurrock Gateway. Interesting Times ahead.
Politics is about obtaining power. Lot of hard work to do with a Borough needing to get back on track. One of the Quangos to go, could be Thasmes Thurrock Gateway. Interesting Times ahead. Thurrockforall
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