The Conservatives retained this ward by 1 vote. That has been on the crest of a Brexit wave, although it seems a long time ago now.

Two years down the line and things are so different. There’s not any UKIP candidate. Just in case you did not know that they left and formed a new party called the Thurrock Independents.

Their result here will give them a very clear idea of whether they have a long term. In 2016, 706 votes were acquired by UKIP. The Thurrock Independents should be pleased. That may be optmistic.

Ben Maney has been a councillor here for a long time. The trusted community councillor, who chooses the problems and attracts them. There alway seems to be a form of petition. And should you discount the dour exterior, there’s always a lot of common feeling that comes out of Cllr Maney.

A lot is for parties for stuck into. Little Thurrock Blackshots will likely be affected by matters such as the brand new Thames Crossing, the close of Orsett Hospital, the 32,000 new homes that may come to the borough in addition to crime . however, it seems like the other parties don’t have the source to give it a go.

The polling will be interesting.

YT Prediction: Cons Hold

Little Thurrock Blackshots

Jacqueline Dobson (Labour Party)
Ben Maney (Conservative Party)
Oliver Smith (Thurrock Independents)

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