General Election: Thurrock Constituency Hustings on 5 June

from Rev Darren Barlow, Rector at St Peter's & St Paul's Parish Church, Grays, and Grays Team Ministry

Jackie DPThe Thurrock Hustings for the upcoming General Election will be held on Monday 5 June at Grays Parish Church, High Street, Grays RM17 6LN.


  • 7pm Refreshments
  • 7.30pm Welcome & candidates opening pitch
  • 7.45pm Pre-submitted questions (which should go to the Thurrock Gazette)
  • 8.30pm approx. Open to the floor
  • 9.15pm approx. Close 
Last time (only in 2015!) an extra 15 minutes were allowed in the event that any decent questions should keep coming.

Topics this time round are the huge national debates around Brexit, the NHS, immigration and terrorism, and the major local issue of the Lower Thames Crossing.

John KentThe Thurrock constituency's 4 candidates are:

  • Tim Aker (UKIP)

  • Jackie Doyle-Price (Conservative)

  • John Kent (Labour)

  • Kevin McNamara (Liberal Democrats)

Meanwhlie, the South Basildon and East Thurrock consitituency candidates are:
  • Reetendra Banerji (Liberal Democrats)
  • Paul Borg (BNP)
  • Sim Harman (Green)
  • Stephen Metcalfe (Conservative)
  • Byron Taylor (Labour)
  • Peter Whittle (UKIP)
No hustings have been announced for the South Basildon and East Thurrock consitituency yet - as soon as they are (and we get to hear about them), we'll publish details.


offered by Tim Harrold

Kevin MacNamaraHustings always promise to be lively affairs and it's a great way for believers to become acquainted with local candidates and their standpoints. Here's a few questions you can ask yourself as you engage with this process:
  • Is this person a career politician or a conviction politician?
  • Should I vote for the person or the party?
  • Should I just vote for the party I've always voted for regardless of the candidate's abilities and personal integrity?
  • Does the candidate have a character and background of integrity?
  • What are the candidate's personal morals in the light of Christ?
  • Will this person represent our community?
  • Do I sense God's hand on this person?
  • Does the Lord have a greater plan for one candidate over the others?
  • How do the candidates respond to questions of Christian weight?
  • What does this mean for the local Christian Faith Community?
This is - again - a crucial election for so many reasons, and it's important that the members of the church body make an informed, considered and prayerful choice and vote for God's man or woman for Thurrock, as well as consider the Lord's will for the United Kingdom. The dilemma comes when your preferred local candidate does not necessarily represent your preferred government!

Scriptures to help you as you prayerfully prepare for the hustings and the elections:

Tim AkerFor unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Saviour... 1 Timothy 2:1-3

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12

This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. Give to everyone what you owe them: if you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honour, then honour. Romans 13:6-7

  • Jackie Doyle-Price, Thurrock's MP since 2010
  • John Kent, former Leader of Thurrock Council
  • Kevin MacNamara
  • Tim Aker, MEP

Darren Barlow and Tim Harrold, 25/05/2017

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