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‘Bill is a good bloke. We have no angst’ - defeated Norfolk County Council leader contender backs new Conservative nominee

PUBLISHED: 13:20 22 February 2013 | UPDATED: 15:08 22 February 2013

Graham Plant, cabinet member for planning and transportation

Graham Plant, cabinet member for planning and transportation

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Defeated Conservative county council group chairman nominee Graham Plant insisted today: “Bill is a good bloke. We have no angst.”

Restaurant owner Mr Plant today lost the two-candidate contest to Bill Borrett, who is now in line to be approved as Norfolk County Council leader on Monday.

Mr Plant, who represents Breydon, said: “Bill has got the nod and it’s good for the Conservatives of Norfolk. My entire premise of going for the leadership election was to have a leader selected by the group going into the elections in May.

“I didn’t go into to it as a competition with myself and Bill. We’ve got a group behind the leader fully and to me that’s where we needed to be.

“Bill is a good bloke. We have no angst. We are where we are. We had no angst during the course of the pre-election or during the vote, nothing at all.

“We draw a line in the sand, we move forward and we present ourselves as a Conservative Party for Norfolk running up to the elections. I am sure our achievements and plans for the future will be enough to ensure we are hopefully selected again in May.”

The ballot at County Hall started at 10am and was held in secret.

Mr Plant has been a county councillor since 2009. He is cabinet member for planning and transportation and is also a Great Yarmouth borough councillor.

He owns the Italian Restaurant in King Street, Yarmouth, and the Tan Lane fish and chip shop in Caister.

Today’s election took place after former Norfolk County Council leader Derrick Murphy resigned. He did so last month, to focus on a standards hearing he was facing.

At that hearing he was cleared, by a committee of fellow councillors, of six of seven claims he had breached the council’s code of conduct, but on one count he was found to have committed a breach.

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