Opposition hit out at Labour "campaigning" in West Thurrock

The leaflet in question

The leaflet in question

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Maldon and Burnham Standard: Matt Abbott by , Chief Reporter

THE Conservatives and UKIP have hit out at Labour for "campaigning" in West Thurrock before the funeral of late councillor Andy Smith.

A by-election will be held in the West Thurrock and South Stifford ward following Mr Smith's sudden death recently.

But Labour's opponents are unhappy that the party has been distributing leaflets before Mr Smith's funeral has been held.

Over the weekend, several Labour activists were out delivering "community news" fliers in the ward, which paid tribute to Mr Smith - who passed away on Tuesday, August 12 - but also appeared to announce a Labour candidate for the ward and attacked UKIP and the Conservatives.

Terry Brooks is quoted on the front of the leaflet as saying: "Andy and I campaigned many times on many campaigns - I learned a lot from him. It's an honour to be chosen to follow in his footsteps."

On the leaflet's reverse, there are quotes from various Labour party members, paying tribute to Mr Smith.

Tim Aker, the UKIP Euro MP for Thurrock and the eastern region and the party's MP candidate for Thurrock next year, said: "We in UKIP made the clear moral choice out of respect to Andy Smith, his family and friends not to campaign in the ward until after his funeral.

"The fact that Labour are already putting out leaflets that promote their new candidate and attack UKIP is in my view, shocking and completely inappropriate.

"We all know that Polly Billington is scared stiff of UKIP’s rise in Thurrock. But this really is a brand of desperate politics that represents the lowest of the low.

"UKIP will not be campaigning in West Thurrock and South Stifford until after Andy Smith’s funeral."

Rob Gledhill, leader of the Conservative group in Thurrock, said: "We are extremely disappointed by Labours decision to deliver political literature before the funeral of their colleague.

"Last year Labour incorrectly accused us, in the press, of canvassing in Stifford Clays before Diana Hale's funeral, but are more than happy to do similar in West Thurrock.

"I had spoken to the Labour leader and we agreed we would not be politically active in the area until after the funeral.

"Labour-run council hasn't even published the seat becoming vacant yet but are happy to name their candidate and attack other parties in this piece of literature.

"There is an unwritten rule that this type of activity does not take place before the funeral and to try to say it is solely a tribute to Andy Smith is a feeble attempt to justify their actions and breaking their word."

On Twitter, Labour councillor for West Thurrock and South Stifford, Oliver Gerrish, said the leaflet was a eulogy to Mr Smith. 

He criticised Phil Anderson, a Conservative, for "attacking" Labour in paying tribute.

Labour leader John Kent has not responded to a request by the Gazette for a response.

*Mr Smith's funeral will be held on Monday, September 8.

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1:36pm Wed 3 Sep 14

jackieboy says...

Were the conservatives not posting leaflets in west thurrock on saturday? Pot and kettle??
As far as I can see the labour leaflet is simply a tribute to Andy Smith. I cant see the word candidate anywhere on the leaflet. Sounds like the other parties are simply after a bit of free publicity!
Were the conservatives not posting leaflets in west thurrock on saturday? Pot and kettle?? As far as I can see the labour leaflet is simply a tribute to Andy Smith. I cant see the word candidate anywhere on the leaflet. Sounds like the other parties are simply after a bit of free publicity! jackieboy
  • Score: -32

2:23pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Indred Cold says...

Typical Labour snides and cowards
Typical Labour snides and cowards Indred Cold
  • Score: 36

10:41pm Wed 3 Sep 14

ardale lad says...

Well done ukip for having good sense in waiting until Andy Smiths funeral has taken place before campaigning.
Well done ukip for having good sense in waiting until Andy Smiths funeral has taken place before campaigning. ardale lad
  • Score: 26

11:23pm Wed 3 Sep 14

rocket1 says...

the chances of the conservatives winning west thurrock must be laughable,theres more chance of seeing Elvis riding shergar past the old shant.
the chances of the conservatives winning west thurrock must be laughable,theres more chance of seeing Elvis riding shergar past the old shant. rocket1
  • Score: 7

1:44am Thu 4 Sep 14

L LeBreton says...

That's a bit rich from UKIP's Aker. Considering his biggest cheerleader on facebook is none other than Chucky of Pitsea. For those who are unaware of Chucky of Pitsea, she has brought the business of Burke and Hair into the 21st century. That's one way of paying for her botox injections eh Chucky?
That's a bit rich from UKIP's Aker. Considering his biggest cheerleader on facebook is none other than Chucky of Pitsea. For those who are unaware of Chucky of Pitsea, she has brought the business of Burke and Hair into the 21st century. That's one way of paying for her botox injections eh Chucky? L LeBreton
  • Score: -20

9:18am Thu 4 Sep 14

ebagumtrebor says...

The desperation of the Labour party, more particularly Comrade Kent and Sister Polly, is now there for all to see. Polly's chance of winning next years election are slim at best and Kent is terrified he'll lose his £60k + allowances. They slated the Tories for apparently doing this in Stifford Clays after the death of Diana Hale. Now they do the very same thing. They are hypocrites and, as usual for politicians, they're out to look after number one. It is not without a sense of irony that the policies that will see their demise are the very policies that their party inflicted on this country and that they so slavishly and rabidly supported. The policies of mass immgration, multiculturalism and political correctness. Policies that have seen hundreds of people that live here and have relatives here, probably living on benefits, go off to fight in a foreign country and declare the British people as the enemy that they want to kill. Policies that have seen paedophiles free to abuse and rape children at will free from any threat of arrest because the left didn't want to offend. Glad to see the left's policy of supporting women hasn't been sacrificed in the name of political correctness. What baffles most people is what goes through people's minds that they can still support a party that supports these policies.
The desperation of the Labour party, more particularly Comrade Kent and Sister Polly, is now there for all to see. Polly's chance of winning next years election are slim at best and Kent is terrified he'll lose his £60k + allowances. They slated the Tories for apparently doing this in Stifford Clays after the death of Diana Hale. Now they do the very same thing. They are hypocrites and, as usual for politicians, they're out to look after number one. It is not without a sense of irony that the policies that will see their demise are the very policies that their party inflicted on this country and that they so slavishly and rabidly supported. The policies of mass immgration, multiculturalism and political correctness. Policies that have seen hundreds of people that live here and have relatives here, probably living on benefits, go off to fight in a foreign country and declare the British people as the enemy that they want to kill. Policies that have seen paedophiles free to abuse and rape children at will free from any threat of arrest because the left didn't want to offend. Glad to see the left's policy of supporting women hasn't been sacrificed in the name of political correctness. What baffles most people is what goes through people's minds that they can still support a party that supports these policies. ebagumtrebor
  • Score: 24

10:59am Thu 4 Sep 14

Drunken Master says...

rocket1 wrote:
the chances of the conservatives winning west thurrock must be laughable,theres more chance of seeing Elvis riding shergar past the old shant.
The Tories have no chance in gaining seats in areas full of council tenants. Labour knows this and that's why they like to keep these people happy.
[quote][p][bold]rocket1[/bold] wrote: the chances of the conservatives winning west thurrock must be laughable,theres more chance of seeing Elvis riding shergar past the old shant.[/p][/quote]The Tories have no chance in gaining seats in areas full of council tenants. Labour knows this and that's why they like to keep these people happy. Drunken Master
  • Score: 11

12:09am Fri 5 Sep 14

rocket1 says...

Drunken Master wrote:
rocket1 wrote:
the chances of the conservatives winning west thurrock must be laughable,theres more chance of seeing Elvis riding shergar past the old shant.
The Tories have no chance in gaining seats in areas full of council tenants. Labour knows this and that's why they like to keep these people happy.
i think you are wrong there,south stifford is all owner occupier and so is most of purfleet nowasays,are you still rolling round in your karate suit?,you little fat git MR E?.
[quote][p][bold]Drunken Master[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rocket1[/bold] wrote: the chances of the conservatives winning west thurrock must be laughable,theres more chance of seeing Elvis riding shergar past the old shant.[/p][/quote]The Tories have no chance in gaining seats in areas full of council tenants. Labour knows this and that's why they like to keep these people happy.[/p][/quote]i think you are wrong there,south stifford is all owner occupier and so is most of purfleet nowasays,are you still rolling round in your karate suit?,you little fat git MR E?. rocket1
  • Score: -8

7:22am Fri 5 Sep 14

Drunken Master says...

rocket1 wrote:
Drunken Master wrote:
rocket1 wrote:
the chances of the conservatives winning west thurrock must be laughable,theres more chance of seeing Elvis riding shergar past the old shant.
The Tories have no chance in gaining seats in areas full of council tenants. Labour knows this and that's why they like to keep these people happy.
i think you are wrong there,south stifford is all owner occupier and so is most of purfleet nowasays,are you still rolling round in your karate suit?,you little fat git MR E?.
I've told you before rocket I've never done Karate and I'm neither little or fat so get your facts right before you through insults hiding behind your keyboard.
[quote][p][bold]rocket1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Drunken Master[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rocket1[/bold] wrote: the chances of the conservatives winning west thurrock must be laughable,theres more chance of seeing Elvis riding shergar past the old shant.[/p][/quote]The Tories have no chance in gaining seats in areas full of council tenants. Labour knows this and that's why they like to keep these people happy.[/p][/quote]i think you are wrong there,south stifford is all owner occupier and so is most of purfleet nowasays,are you still rolling round in your karate suit?,you little fat git MR E?.[/p][/quote]I've told you before rocket I've never done Karate and I'm neither little or fat so get your facts right before you through insults hiding behind your keyboard. Drunken Master
  • Score: 10

12:36pm Fri 5 Sep 14

Skipton man says...

Drunken Master wrote:
rocket1 wrote:
the chances of the conservatives winning west thurrock must be laughable,theres more chance of seeing Elvis riding shergar past the old shant.
The Tories have no chance in gaining seats in areas full of council tenants. Labour knows this and that's why they like to keep these people happy.
Yes, but they're not are they?
And never will. Vote UKIP, make history.
[quote][p][bold]Drunken Master[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rocket1[/bold] wrote: the chances of the conservatives winning west thurrock must be laughable,theres more chance of seeing Elvis riding shergar past the old shant.[/p][/quote]The Tories have no chance in gaining seats in areas full of council tenants. Labour knows this and that's why they like to keep these people happy.[/p][/quote]Yes, but they're not are they? And never will. Vote UKIP, make history. Skipton man
  • Score: 5

2:07pm Fri 5 Sep 14

tgw123 says...

Drunken Master wrote:
rocket1 wrote:
the chances of the conservatives winning west thurrock must be laughable,theres more chance of seeing Elvis riding shergar past the old shant.
The Tories have no chance in gaining seats in areas full of council tenants. Labour knows this and that's why they like to keep these people happy.
@ Drunken Master

Labour also likes to keep its traditional support base brainwashed and stupid. The most dangerous thing for Labour is that people should be educated to think and speak freely for themselves. Never mind claims that Labour does more for education, the party these days is nothing more than a middle class hang out and run on spin and slogans. pure mind control.
I have voted Labour in the past but never will again. Their hypocrisy and deceit turns my stomach. I voted Conservative in 2010 but will not do so in 2015. So what will I do, vote for the LibDems? You'd have to be off your head wouldn't you?
So, is there an alternative? Is there a party that wants root and branch reform of the sleazy, dishonest, self-serving British political system? Have a guess who I am considering voting for in 2015. Wouldn't it be fantastic to have a different kind of party, wedded to and grounded in the ordinary people of this country - from all walks of life and backgrounds - holding the balance of power in a hung parliament from 2015? I'm not prophesying that it 'will' happen, but by God and sunny Jesus I certainly hope it does... Roll on UKIP.
[quote][p][bold]Drunken Master[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rocket1[/bold] wrote: the chances of the conservatives winning west thurrock must be laughable,theres more chance of seeing Elvis riding shergar past the old shant.[/p][/quote]The Tories have no chance in gaining seats in areas full of council tenants. Labour knows this and that's why they like to keep these people happy.[/p][/quote]@ Drunken Master Labour also likes to keep its traditional support base brainwashed and stupid. The most dangerous thing for Labour is that people should be educated to think and speak freely for themselves. Never mind claims that Labour does more for education, the party these days is nothing more than a middle class hang out and run on spin and slogans. pure mind control. I have voted Labour in the past but never will again. Their hypocrisy and deceit turns my stomach. I voted Conservative in 2010 but will not do so in 2015. So what will I do, vote for the LibDems? You'd have to be off your head wouldn't you? So, is there an alternative? Is there a party that wants root and branch reform of the sleazy, dishonest, self-serving British political system? Have a guess who I am considering voting for in 2015. Wouldn't it be fantastic to have a different kind of party, wedded to and grounded in the ordinary people of this country - from all walks of life and backgrounds - holding the balance of power in a hung parliament from 2015? I'm not prophesying that it 'will' happen, but by God and sunny Jesus I certainly hope it does... Roll on UKIP. tgw123
  • Score: 11

11:09am Wed 10 Sep 14

poortaxpayer says...

L LeBreton wrote:
That's a bit rich from UKIP's Aker. Considering his biggest cheerleader on facebook is none other than Chucky of Pitsea. For those who are unaware of Chucky of Pitsea, she has brought the business of Burke and Hair into the 21st century. That's one way of paying for her botox injections eh Chucky?
Has a UKIP member been throwing stones at your puppy or something?

Or are you still sore that UKIP won't allow you to be their candidate again due to you not bothering to do any campaigning, never being found and not bothering to attend either of your counts to hear the results of your elections?
[quote][p][bold]L LeBreton[/bold] wrote: That's a bit rich from UKIP's Aker. Considering his biggest cheerleader on facebook is none other than Chucky of Pitsea. For those who are unaware of Chucky of Pitsea, she has brought the business of Burke and Hair into the 21st century. That's one way of paying for her botox injections eh Chucky?[/p][/quote]Has a UKIP member been throwing stones at your puppy or something? Or are you still sore that UKIP won't allow you to be their candidate again due to you not bothering to do any campaigning, never being found and not bothering to attend either of your counts to hear the results of your elections? poortaxpayer
  • Score: 3
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