This story concerns a pact between Labour and Conservative councillors on Thurrock Council in Essex to squeeze out UKIP members from the decision making process. Labour and Conservative have thrown aside all differences and will do all they to rule Thurrock without the input of those who the local voters chose to represent them.
It is a classic example of how the mainstream parties view you and your concerns which is to ignore them and ignore those who wish to speak up on your behalf. This is a bad omen for the future and I would not completely disregard the prospect of the mainstreamers doing a similar thing in the House of Commons.
“An unholy alliance between the Conservative and Labour parties is emerging, with party members in Thurrock, Essex, deliberating on how best to keep Nigel Farage’s new UKIP councillors out of decision-making processes.
Last year, Conservative Party activists slammed UKIP for considering a coalition to keep the Tories out of power in Norfolk, but the Conservatives seem to have adopted these very same tactics as animosity between the two parties shows no sign of relenting.
The Thurrock Gazette reports that in the Essex town where UKIP picked up five seats (three Conservative, two Labour), the Tories and Labour are now in talks over a “grand coalition” which seeks to lock UKIP’s six councillors out of the decision-making process.
It had been noted when the results came in last week that UKIP may now hold ‘kingmaker’ status in the council. But representatives of the 23 Labour and 18 Conservatives members “had anticipated a Ukip surge and were discussing the prospect of teaming up ahead of last week’s vote, which left both Thurrock’s main parties a lot lighter.”