May 2021 elections

A number of elections are scheduled to take place on 6 May 2021, including those postponed in May 2020.  We try to remain a politics free zone when it comes to LTC. Firstly, because so far there has mainly been united opposition to LTC locally, and also because the admin team are tiny compared to the amount of group members on our social media channels (like Facebook) and when things get political we end up having to spend far too much time monitoring comments, time that could be better spent on campaigning!

However, we do see the importance on people knowing where candidates stand in regard to LTC, especially in COVID times when it’s trickier for everyone to be in touch with each other.  It has not been easy trying to contact all the candidates, especially since we represent people from all the impacted areas, but we have done our best, and these are the responses we have had.  Please do bear in mind that whilst we have endeavoured to contact all candidates, it has been difficult to find contacts for them all, and we have only had limited time to attempt to make contact on top of other TCAG workload that we have needed to attend to.

If any candidates who have not yet commented wish to send us a statement to be included in this list please email admin@thamescrossingactiongroup.com asap and we will add your comments to this page.  Thanks.

 

Gravesham candidates just below, click here to jump down to Thurrock candidates, and click here to jump down to Havering candidates.

Gravesham
Gravesham Borough Council Election of Kent Country Councillors

Gravesend East Division

Jordan Michael David Meade (Conservative Party) No comment obtained

Emma Louise Morley (Labour Party) Comment made by party on behalf of candidate
All Gravesham Labour candidates in the upcoming elections are able to unanimously say that we also are strongly opposed to the Lower Thames Crossing due to the impact it will have on residents, our environment and way of life.

Gravesham Labour have been opposed against this from the start and have raised this in the Chamber at Gravesham Borough Council and Kent County Council many times.

It is also Kent Labour policy to oppose this and features as a key policy in the Kent Labour manifesto thanks to our lobbying.”

Ukonu Elisha Obasi (Liberal Democrat) No comment obtained

Tony Rana (Labour Party) Comment made by party on behalf of candidate
All Gravesham Labour candidates in the upcoming elections are able to unanimously say that we also are strongly opposed to the Lower Thames Crossing due to the impact it will have on residents, our environment and way of life.

Gravesham Labour have been opposed against this from the start and have raised this in the Chamber at Gravesham Borough Council and Kent County Council many times.

It is also Kent Labour policy to oppose this and features as a key policy in the Kent Labour manifesto thanks to our lobbying.”

Alan Michael Ridgers (Conservative Party) No comment obtained

Martin James Wilson (Green Party) No comment obtained

Kieran Michael Wright (Liberal Democrat) No comment obtained

 

Gravesend Rural Division

Daniel Andrew Baber (Labour Party) Comment made by party on behalf of candidate
All Gravesham Labour candidates in the upcoming elections are able to unanimously say that we also are strongly opposed to the Lower Thames Crossing due to the impact it will have on residents, our environment and way of life.

Gravesham Labour have been opposed against this from the start and have raised this in the Chamber at Gravesham Borough Council and Kent County Council many times.

It is also Kent Labour policy to oppose this and features as a key policy in the Kent Labour manifesto thanks to our lobbying.”

Robin Banks (Liberal Democrat) No comment obtained

Susan Jennifer Hodge (The Green Party) No comment obtained

Bryan John Sweetland (Conservative Party)
Official… “The Dartford Crossing will still be over capacity even if the Lower Thames Crossing goes ahead” Something I’ve been saying for years. A second bridge could have been built & operational years ago for a fraction of the cost.

 

Northfleet and Gravesend West Division

Richard Paul Auvache Bayfield (The Green Party) No comment obtained

Conrad Broadley (Conservative Party) No comment obtained

John Patrick Burden (Labour Party) Comment made by party on behalf of candidate
All Gravesham Labour candidates in the upcoming elections are able to unanimously say that we also are strongly opposed to the Lower Thames Crossing due to the impact it will have on residents, our environment and way of life.

Gravesham Labour have been opposed against this from the start and have raised this in the Chamber at Gravesham Borough Council and Kent County Council many times.

It is also Kent Labour policy to oppose this and features as a key policy in the Kent Labour manifesto thanks to our lobbying.”

Gary John Harding (Conservative Party) No comment obtained

Lauren Sullivan (Labour Party) Comment made by party on behalf of candidate
All Gravesham Labour candidates in the upcoming elections are able to unanimously say that we also are strongly opposed to the Lower Thames Crossing due to the impact it will have on residents, our environment and way of life.

Gravesham Labour have been opposed against this from the start and have raised this in the Chamber at Gravesham Borough Council and Kent County Council many times.

It is also Kent Labour policy to oppose this and features as a key policy in the Kent Labour manifesto thanks to our lobbying.”

Sharan Kaur Virk (Liberal Democrat) No comment obtained

 

Gravesham Borough Council Election of a Borough Councillor

Westcourt Borough ward

Samir Jassal (Conservative Party)
I was a Gravesham Borough Councillor from 2015 -2019 and a Cabinet Member during which time I campaigned and fought against the Lower Thames Crossing. This was and will be disastrous for our beautiful Borough where I have lived my whole life.  

If it transpires that our efforts to stop this awful piece of infrastructure being built in our Borough have been in vain, we must do our very best to mitigate the effects on our residents. If elected I will use my position to actively campaign and work for the best deal for Gravesham. To be explicitly clear I oppose the Lower Thames Crossing.

Karina Mary O’Malley (Labour Party) Comment made by party on behalf of candidate
All Gravesham Labour candidates in the upcoming elections are able to unanimously say that we also are strongly opposed to the Lower Thames Crossing due to the impact it will have on residents, our environment and way of life.

Gravesham Labour have been opposed against this from the start and have raised this in the Chamber at Gravesham Borough Council and Kent County Council many times.

It is also Kent Labour policy to oppose this and features as a key policy in the Kent Labour manifesto thanks to our lobbying.”

Ukonu Elisha Obasi (Liberal Democrat) No comment obtained

 

 

Thurrock

 

Aveley & Uplands

Srikanth Goud Panjala (Labour)No comment obtained

Maureen Pearce (Conservative) No comment obtained

 

Belhus

Graham Lloyd Hamilton (Thurrock Independents)
Please note that I entirely oppose the Lower Thames Crossing.  Briefly, it’s extremely detrimental to the well-being of Thurrock residents in particular, and the environment in general and a monumental waste of money, as well as causing unwanted congestion throughout the area.

Amin Hoque (Labour) No comment obtained

Georgette Polley (Conservative) No comment obtained

 

Chadwell St Mary

Adam Carter (Conservative) No comment obtained

Russell Peter Cherry (Thurrock Independents)
We do need a crossing but not here in Thurrock, when I was a councillor for CSM 2015 for four years I was against the crossing and made my objections known to Highways England. The crossing should be further East along the river and join up with the A130 taking traffic North via the A12 and A14 or West along the A127 and A12 to join the M25. Most traffic using the crossing here would be intending to travel North a lot of freight would be diverted away from Thurrock. This would link the ports on the East coast with those on the South. An additional train tunnel would also make sense. The proposed crossing does not take pressure off the M25, this tunnel so close to the original crossing will not help traffic or pollution in Thurrock.  The Government must be made to see the sense of it and spend the extra money or indeed in the future a third tunnel would be needed.

Carl Anthony Graham Morris (Labour)No comment obtained

 

Chafford & North Stifford

James Thandi (Conservative) No comment obtained

Mofeda Parvin Tuhin (Labour) No comment obtained

 

Corringham & Fobbing

John Cecil (Labour) No comment obtained

Graham Snell (Conservative) No comment obtained

 

East Tilbury

Jacqueline Dobson (Labour) No comment obtained

Susan Sammons (Conservative)
I am strongly against the LTC as this will greatly affect our small community and I cannot find anything that would bring a benefit to our area.  

I obviously live in the ward as well as my constituents and this will also affect me the same as them.  

I will continue to oppose this if I am re-elected.

Neil Speight (Independent)
From day one, as editor of the Thurrock Enquirer when the plans first began to surface through to the current day, my view is that the proposed solution of a new crossing is seriously flawed as it stands.

Undoubtedly something has to be done to alleviate the problems caused by the massive growth in traffic at the Dartford crossing – but I don’t think ploughing a six lane motorway through the green fields of north Kent and Thurrock is the way to do it – and the complete contempt with which Thurrock and its residents have been treated is a disgrace.   

Of course, it’s easy to knock a scheme and rant and rave about its creators – but having acknowledged that there is a problem, there needs to be a constructive approach. We have to draw positives out of this initial negative. 

My own view, right from the outset, was that the crossing should have been further east.   

A substantial deal of money has been spent in creating a series of decent roads accessed from South Esssex via the underused A130. It doesn’t take a great deal of imagination to draw a straightish line north from Rochester, over or under the river, to link up with the A130 and then past Chelsmford and linking up with the A120 and then either East Anglia to the east or the Midlands and North via the M11.

Sadly, it was an option that appears to have been discarded early in the game.

It appears a blindingly obvious solution to me, making use of existing infrastructure and I wouldn’t have thought, given decent roads already exist apart from the A131, which is dualled in parts and could be widened without ripping a huge furrow through virgin green land, that it would have as much impact on the environment as the current scheme.

But given that may in all probability now be just a dream and the link is set to go through Thurrock – what are the other options if we can’t bring about a total change in the mindset of the government and Highways England?

Well for one, I would be lobbying for a tunnel through a significant part of the planned route. Whether that be created by boring or by a cut and cover system, I leave to the experts, but it would (eventually) mean we could restore the green belt. Of course it would be a long process and the construction would be hugely impactful in the short to mid term.

It won’t take away the issue of emission from vehicles – that will still have to go somewhere, though if the dreamers are to be believed, we will be in an all-electric car society by the time the road opens (Funnily enough we rarely hear about electric lorries though!).

The pragmatist in me says that if it’s a done deal, we have to make it the best deal for Thurrock.  That means listening to what the people of Thurrock want. If we are to be bought off – the price has to be high. That involves a much greater commitment from the government to pumping money into the borough. Money that improves the lives and opportunities for residents.  

It means listening more to organisations like the Thames Crossing Group and the experts’ opinion and constructive thought that hard-working, sensible and committed people like Laura Blake have garnered.  

It means not treating consultation as something that has to be manoeuvred around but actually taking into account what people who live here say and want. 

I applaud the work of the Lower Thames Crossing Task Force – it was shameful that there was talk of closing it down,  and if I am elected you can be sure I will be championing its voice.

 

Grays Riverside

Tobi Adewa-Faboro (Conservative) No comment obtained

Daniel David Fallows (The Green Party) No comment obtained

Tony Fish (Labour) No comment obtained

 

Grays Thurrock

Sophie Corcoran (Conservative)No comment obtained

John George Kent (Labour)
I have campaigned against the proposed new Lower Thames Crossing for a decade. 

I have done this not because I don’t think we need a new crossing – we need at least one new crossing east of London – but because the proposals we have been given are the wrong crossings in the wrong place.  

The government’s preferred option cuts a six lane highway through eight miles of our green belt, splitting our borough in two, destroying homes and damaging our – already poor – air quality.  

It is an environmental and ecological disaster.  

It will hugely impact communities in across Thurrock – Stanford, Corringham,  East Tilbury, Orsett, Chadwell, Tilbury and Ockendon will be particularly badly impacted if this proposal is ever built.  

Any new crossing must do something to ease the horrendous congestion we suffer here on all too regular a basis. It must add to the capacity of the local, regional and national road network – the government’s proposal fails on all these counts.  

I believe that alternative proposals have been discounted too quickly. Proposals such as option A14, a long tunnel that goes from M25 junction 2, in Kent, and coming up between junction 29 and 30 in Essex. This option actually improves air quality, reduces congestion and does the least damage to our environment.  

Finally, we should be putting real pressure to stop Highways England from behaving  in a way that suggests they already have permission to build the proposed crossing when, in reality, they haven’t even managed to submit an acceptable Development Consent Order (DCO) application, let alone been granted permission!

 

Little Thurrock Blackshots

Joycelyn Redsell (Conservative) No comment obtained

Magun Singh (The Green Party) No comment obtained

Oliver Mark Smith (Thurrock Independents)
My personal views on this as a resident and candidate in Blackshots are that the current proposals are a complete joke. The data shows the proposed crossing will not lower emissions, and data on road building shows that the more roads you build the more cars people get: build it and they shall come. 

The plans are going to cut through the heart of core communities like East Tilbury and Orsett, creating noise pollution as well as more air pollution. 

We need to keep resisting these current plans with all the means at our disposal; Heathrow residents have fought against a new runway for decades with success so there is no reason we cannot achieve the same. 

Do I think a new crossing is needed on the Thames? Yes. 

Do I think the current proposal is fit for purpose? No. 

Thurrock will remain the bottleneck and carpark of the Southeast when there is a traffic issue, and a new crossing should be further down the Thames closer to Canvey to link with the newly expanded A130.

Marc John Francis Sugrue (Labour)
I am totally against option C of the Lower Thames Crossing. Diverting the increasing traffic away from the Dartford Crossing will add time and costs to journeys and will be pointless and a waste of tax payers money.

Ockendon

Ruth Elizabeth Clapham (Labour)
I am opposed to the LTC

Maurice Kelley (Thurrock Independents) No comment obtained

Luke Spillman (Conservative) No comment obtained

 

Orsett

Stephen John Andrews (Independent) unable to locate any contact details

Sue Little (Conservative)No comment obtained

Gary Watson (Labour) No comment obtained

 

South Chafford

Clifford John Holloway (Labour) No comment obtained

Augustine Ononaji (Conservative) No comment obtained

 

Stanford East & Corringham Town

Jack Duffin (Conservative) No comment obtained

Valarie Morris-Cook (Labour) No comment obtained

Gbenga Olajugbagbe (Thurock Independents)
As related toThames crossing issue, my position resonates with the local population on the issue. I understand that the Highway England want to reduce the pressure on the tunnel. However, that will increase pollution in Thurrock, causing an increase in pollution-related diseases. The other issue is the increase in traffic which will lead to grid-locks, thereby making life more difficult for people in Thurrock. In addition to these, the route will necessitate that people will have to be relocated because their houses will be in the route of the new crossing, thereby causing people to be unsettled and judging by the past government’s handling such resettlements, it will make life difficult for the population. So I am with the people of Thurrock in rejecting the current plan regarding the Thames crossing. As  this will affect the lives of the people.

 

 

Stanford-le-Hope West

Dean Peter Braun (Reform UK)
With regards to LTC, I strongly oppose the project and I do not foresee any circumstances where this proposal could be approved given the environmental and health impacts that would be imposed on Thurrock residents by the project. I find it improbable that the immediate and long term environmental and health impacts can be mitigated. Any suggestion that there may be a net environmental benefit of constructing the LTC is laughable.

Thurrock is ranked as one of the worst areas in the country for air pollution by a leading charity and suffers from the pollution caused by the M25 and A13 exacerbated when there are issues on these roads; adding another heavy usage road through our towns is wholly unacceptable and will inevitably impact the health of our residents.

Ross James Byrne (Thurrock Independents)
The LTC is such an important issue throughout Thurrock,  I fully support the actions of Laura and the team. I would also be fully supportive of Fraser as chair of the LTC task force.  

The big concern for Stanford is the amount of new traffic generated from the closure of the Tilbury turn off that will force cars and HGVs to exit the Stanford turnoff to go fully around the already over capacity roundabout to reach Tilbury. The 2 lane bottle neck under the Orsett cock is another major concern, I will happily join forces to fight for the best possible outcome for Thurrock. Highways England have not covered themselves in glory thus far, together we are stronger.

Terry Piccolo (Conservative) No comment obtained

Leslie James Strange (Labour) No comment obtained

 

The Homesteads

Gary A Collins (Conservative) No comment obtained

John Robert Fox (Thurrock Independents)
I am totally opposed to the Lower Thames Crossing in its proposed location Option C. Do we need another Thames crossing yes? Not at this proposed location Option C, as it will have a huge impact on the communities as it cuts its way through splitting the borough in two. Air quality will get worse as well as increased traffic congestion on the local routes in the borough.  

Why should the residents of Thurrock have to suffer this they deserve better! If a crossing has to be in Thurrock one of the earlier proposals Option A14 a tunnel from junction 2 on the M25 to between junctions 29 and 30 on the M25. This option will not split the borough in two and air quality would improve, and traffic congestion would reduce.

Mark Wayne Hurrell (Labour) No comment obtained

Bill Poskitt (Reform UK) No comment obtained

 

Tilbury St Chads

John Arthur Allen (Independent)
As you are already aware I’m sure that I remain steadfast opposed to The LTC from ripping through the true beating heart of Thurrock which I’m convinced will be both an ‘Environmental & Ecological Disaster’.  

However My real concern is one of Health, The Health & Wellbeing of many residents who will most certainly be impacted by this Motorway, & its long term detrimental affect on people’s health in an already suffering area to which Respiratory Illness is evident with large numbers within the Thurrock Population that suffer from the affects in increased Air Pollution attributed to PM’s Particulates in fossil fueled engines (Road Traffic) Also the dust that enters the air we breathe from both tyres & brakes very much needs to be taken into account. 

I Wish I could have The Power to stop this threat dead iin its tracks! As I worry so much for the future of Thurrock’s Health (Young & Old) Because without Our Health & Wellbeing we have nothing or very little to hold into. 

I strongly feel that The LTC is undoubtedly The biggest threat that Thurrock will have to endure for many years to come.  

I Will endeavour to continue to be The Voice of many Good Thurrock People within Council Chambers who feel the same way I do that people’s health should always be above or come before any profit making Toll Road That could potentially cause premature death through the affects of added Air Pollution.

Joseph Kaley (Conservative) No comment obtained

Kairen Raper (Labour) No comment obtained

 

West Thurrock & South Stifford

Brian Seeger (Conservative) No comment obtained

Lee Watson (Labour)
I do think we need a crossing but NOT where they are proposing and certainly not in Thurrock. With Thurrock that already has  one of the highest poor air quality, having this crossing not only destroys 8 miles of green belt but cuts our borough in half.

Traffic will only get worse and at least twice a week already West Thurrock, South Stifford, Purfleet on Thames, Aveley and Ockendon becomes gridlocked due to issues relating from the M25. 

I cannot see any benefit of this to Thurrock only congestion, poor air quality and an environment and ecological disaster.

 

 

There are no elections in Little Thurrock Rectory, Stifford Clays and Tilbury Riverside and Thurrock Park.

 

Havering and Redbridge

 

As a London borough Havering is having GLA elections

Thomas Patrick Clarke (Liberal Democrats)No comment obtained

Melanie Jane Collins (Green Party)No comment obtained

Judith Anne Naomi Garfield (Labour Party)
As the elected London Assembly Member for Havering and Redbridge, I would be with the affected communities in London to hold the government to account for their proposals in respect of the Lower Thames Crossing (LTC) by Highways England. 

I would support and be with the say of local London people in respect of any proposals to be consistent with their environmental, health, social and economic wellbeing and the respective impact assessments eg air quality. 

I would oppose the LTC where it did not safeguard the interests of London residents. 

I would also pursue this through the plan of Transport for London (TfL) to scrutinise the evidence of Highways England for the LTC through public examination.

Keith Anthony Prince (Conservative Party)No comment obtained

Richard James Tice (ReformUK – London Deserves Better)No comment obtained

Andy Walker (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)
Opposed to the proposed Lower Thames Crossing and I support the TCAG campaign.

 

 

We thank those candidates who have taken the time to respond.