Labour man resigns in Canvey row

Essex Chronicle 1949

Labour man resigns in Canvey row

An ‘eve of the poll’ sensation has been caused at Canvey Island, Essex by the resignation of newly – elected Urban District Labour Councillor G A Pickett from the party. He and Councillor A. C. Mason (Labour) signed the nomination form of Councillor H. Bridge (Conservative) who is contesting a County Council by election on May 28.

Both Labour Councillors received “whip”‘ from Mr. Norman Carr, who is opposing Mr. Bridge, requesting them to make public a statement supporting his candidature and asking for a personal assurance that they will vote for him.

Councillor Mason has agreed, but Councillor Pickett stated “This is a command an order, and I will not tolerate receiving orders.” Both men signed because the Labour party had not announced they were contesting the election till the last moment.

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