The Echo newspaper has a copy of a memo sent out by the Chair of Rochford and Southend East Tories:
CONSERVATIVES must fight to avoid the "shame" of losing the second leader in two years at next week's elections, a leading activist says.
Catrina Lambert, chairman of Rochford and Southend East Tories, has sent out a stark warning to grassroots members warning three key seats could be lost next Thursday.
In the memo leaked to the Echo, Mrs Lambert admits council leader Murray Foster's seat is at risk in Prittlewell ward where ex-Echo columnist and BBC journalist Ric Morgan is standing for the Lib Dems.
Last year, council leader Anna Waite was ousted by the Lib Dems in the same ward.
Mrs Lambert says: "The priorities are now...to protect the leader, not only because Murray Foster is the right man for the job but because the shame of losing a second leader in two years would cause shockwaves across the whole borough."
Whilst in little old Rochford District:
The memo also reveals concerns about the future of Richard Amner, former Rochford District Council chairman, in his Barling and Sutton seat. He is facing opposition from Independent Robin Allen.
Mrs Lambert wrote: "A loss of this seat, where there are only 700 dwellings, would be seen as a disaster, even though there is a Conservative majority of 29 on Rochford council."
What also struck me was this bit:
Other Tory seats under threat are Shoeburyness and Thorpe ward. Mrs Lambert wrote in the memo it was essential to protect Thorpe, where new candidate Nigel Folkard had been "working 24/7 for the past few weeks".
Blimey. He's working 24/7 ? Seems like that's trying a bit too hard. I mean , can you imagine it:
Thorpe Bay, 3 a.m.
Tory: Good morning. Sorry for waking you up. I'm your Conservative Candidate and I wondered if we can count on your support?