Independent councillor joins Conservatives in West Norfolk after party helps defeat King’s Lynn incinerator plan

PUBLISHED: 17:31 23 April 2014 | UPDATED: 10:41 24 April 2014

Marcus Hopkins, who has joined the Conservatives

Marcus Hopkins, who has joined the Conservatives


An Independent councillor has decided to join the Conservatives after being “very impressed” with how the party handled the King’s Lynn incinerator debacle.

Former Independent Marcus Hopkins, who has represented St Germans on West Norfolk Council for three years, has joined the borough’s 40-strong ruling Tory group.

He said: “After seeing how well the Conservatives did with the fight to stop the incinerator going ahead, I was very impressed and want to be a part of the follow-up.

“I feel that to be part of the party will enable me to have more involvement and it is harder to do that when you are part of a very small group as an Independent – it doesn’t have the same impact.”

Conservative council leader Nick Daubney said he was very pleased to have Mr Hopkins on board.

He said: “Marcus Hopkins has joined the Conservatives due to the direction we are going and the decisions we are making. The way he has voted has always been our way of thinking.”


  • Nick Daubney says he is very pleased to have Councillor Hopkins on board, looked Hopkins up on the Borough web site and cannot find anything he has done in the three years he has been on the council, he rarely attends his parish meetings. Last September appears to be the only time he has spoken at the Council, this was to back the NIMBY Tories in sanctioning the burning of green bin waste in neighbouring Lincolnshire, so a pro burning councillor has joined the pro burning Tories. Daubney says, “Marcus Hopkins has joined the Conservatives due to the direction we are going and the decisions we are making. The way he has voted has always been our way of thinking” from that remark it is clear that Hopkins was a conservative who deceived his electorate in 2011 into thinking otherwise, for that deception he should face a by election. He will be in good company with many of Daubney's faceless yes men. All he has to do is sit on the back benches, raise his hand when instructed and take the £5000.00 + allowance.

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    Friday, April 25, 2014

  • Nice hairdo good skin and lovely earrings.

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    Del Boy

    Friday, April 25, 2014

  • Oh dear Marcus. People don't like their councillors jumping ship whatever they voted for. I would think your seat will go UKIP anyway next time round and you will be on yer bike.

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    Friday, April 25, 2014

  • They have been, on the face of it, working hard for many years to stop the incinerator, why wait til after the work has been done to join?

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    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • He does not know very much about who stopped the incinerator, bless, and his electorate, played about something rotten by his insecurity, might want to reconsider their support for this turncoat.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

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