The leader of Norfolk County Council was behind an email which appeared to undermine the leader of another council in the midst of controversy over the King’s Lynn incinerator, an investigation has revealed.

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The damning conclusion of an independent probe was that county council leader Derrick Murphy had asked his publicly-funded political assistant to suggest questions BBC Radio Norfolk might want to put to West Norfolk Council leader Nick Daubney, a fellow Conservative.

An email sent by Conservative political assistant Kevin Vaughan stated that Mr Daubney was facing a leadership challenge and was struggling to come up with an alternative technology to the proposed waste plant at Saddlebow.

But last night Mr Murphy was bullish over the implications of his involvement in that email, dismissing suggestions it was an issue over which he should resign.

He said Mr Vaughan had been “caught in the crossfire” amid growing animosity over the incinerator issue, and that Mr Murphy should have called the broadcaster himself.

And he insisted the email had not intended to undermine Mr Daubney, but merely to encourage Mr Conrad to quiz him about information already in the public domain.

The email, dated April 18, sent two days before Mr Daubney was due to appear on Nick Conrad’s radio programme to discuss the incinerator, suggested it might “be pertinent information” for the broadcaster to know that Mr Daubney was facing “a serious leadership challenge” and that his authority had failed to procure alternative technology to the plant.

The investigation, launched in May, sought to establish who had instructed Mr Vaughan to send the email and investigator John Anslow, after interviewing the political assistant and Mr Murphy, concluded Mr Vaughan had acted according to Mr Murphy’s wishes.

Anne Gibson, head of human resources and organisational development at Norfolk County Council, said: “The report has concluded that the leader of the county council agreed that he asked the Conservative political assistant to ensure that Nick Conrad of BBC Radio Norfolk was made aware of the leadership challenge at the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk and the failure of that council’s procurement for an alternative technology to the Energy from Waste plant, in advance of a programme Nick Conrad was hosting relating to the waste facility at Saddlebow. The political assistant acted on the leader’s wishes.”

While the council said the findings of the internal disciplinary process would remain confidential they said “appropriate action” had been taken and Mr Vaughan had not been sacked.

The email came as the Conservatives at Norfolk County Council and West Norfolk Council were at loggerheads over proposals for the incinerator in King’s Lynn.

Mr Murphy last night shrugged off suggestions his involvement could lead to calls for him to quit as council leader.

He said: “It is a salutary lesson for us, particularly me. At the end of the day the proof of the pudding will be in how we move on from this.”

He said Mr Vaughan was aware of abusive emails Mr Murphy had been receiving during the incinerator saga and had been “caught in the crossfire”.

Mr Murphy said: “There is no excuse for Kevin sending an email like that, but the two statements he made were factually correct and in the public domain.

“But I should have called up the Nick Conrad show myself. I wouldn’t have been the first politician to call up a journalist and I wouldn’t have been the last. “I feel sorry for Kevin because he was caught in the crossfire.”

He added: “I don’t think it was an attempt to undermine Nick. It was a statement of fact. I know Nick loves West Norfolk with a passion and I also love West Norfolk. But in my present job I have to love Norfolk more.”

On whether it would have repercussions within the Conservative party, with one Tory highlighting issues faced by another Tory, he said: “I don’t think the Conservative party are enamoured when any Conservative is seen to be fighting another Conservative publicly.”

But in a reference to West Norfolk Council’s attempt to secure a judicial review over the award of PFI credits for the incinerator, he added: “I don’t think a Conservative borough council trying to take the Conservative secretary of state to a judicial review was popular either”.

And Mr Daubney retorted: “It was a deliberate attempt to undermine me. If Derrick told him there was a leadership challenge that’s fine, but the email went further than that.

“If it was a full and thorough investigation, and I’m told it was, then I have to accept that.”

Mr Daubney suggested he could yet take legal action on the issue. He said: “I am not satisfied by the result and will take further advice as whether I can take action as a private individual.”

Mr Vaughan, a University of East Anglia graduate, had been the Conservative group’s political assistant since August last year and has been suspended since the email came to light.

dan.grimmer@archant.co.uk

90 comments

  • More dirty dealings by Mr Murphy. If it were a member of staff he would be sacked.

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    norfolkngood

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

  • Derrick Murphy has only his own vested interest at heart. And bows to John Bolden of Wheelabrator at every turn. Derrick takes our tax-payers money then rubs our noses in it, not for much longer. We are united across Norfolk and we will fight to the bitter end for DEMOCRACY for our children.

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    Jack

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

  • Murphy should be given a few weeks in the Police Detention Centre right next door to his planned Incinerator if it's ever built. He'd probably howl like a baby!!

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    Sandy.L

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

  • Thank goodness Nick Conrad has more sense than Murphy. I feel sorry for Kevin Vaughan as he has obviously been put through stress to satisfy the ego of the Council Leader. What hypocracy for Murphy to say he loves West Norfolk when he's intent on inflicting possible toxic floods and health problems on its residents. He loves WN so much that he's moving!! Mega Hypocracy!!

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    Sandy.L

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

  • Toxic floods? Get a grip. Typical of the sort of hysteria that has been surrounding this project. If you were worried about toxic floods the time to be anxious was when the muck works and gas work sites were still there, before the NarPuny route to the Ouse was improved and before all the defences were raised. Murphy's methods are grubby and questionable, but are Daubney's all without blemish?

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    Daisy Roots

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

  • With you Joy, totally ashamed to have ever called myself a conservative!

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    Canary Boy

    Friday, July 20, 2012

  • If we cannot trust the man at the top who can we trust? The scrutiny committee found Derrick innocent on all charges of bullying. This should have been resolved externally away from Norfolk. How do you interrogate your boss that has so much influence? This is a reason the planning decision should have been taken out of the hands of County Hall. Mentioned previously if Derrick Murphy has sunk to the depths of the gutter to discredit one of his own party what else has he been up to. NCC has teamed up with a corrupt company that has been fined for fraud and pollution. Derrick Murphy’s devious act shows what a bunch of cowboys reside at county hall. If the burner goes ahead and when there is a disaster NCC planners will have to answer to the Health and safety executive and they will be asking about the integrity of some involved in the procurement of the burner.

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    Choice

    Friday, July 20, 2012

  • Ingo. You make since and also no alternative means this planning application was predetermined from the very beginning. I like many others will take note about voting Kett’s Independent Alliance.

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    Knee deep In Toxic ash

    Friday, July 20, 2012

  • Derrick Murphy has only his own vested interest at heart. And bows to John Bolden of Wheelabrator at every turn. Derrick takes our tax-payers money then rubs our noses in it, not for much longer. We are united across Norfolk and we will fight to the bitter end for DEMOCRACY for our children.

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    Jack

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

  • This farce brings all of local government and the Conservative Party into disrepute in my opinion. Few people have confidence or trust or respect in local councillors now. Government probably cannot intervene, so who can? It can't wait till next year's elections.

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    bedoomed

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

  • Sorry for taking so long to get back to you, Andy T, but I'm afraid that I am not judge, jury and executioner. The external investigator performed the first two roles, and NCC will perform the third - assuming that it has the courage to stand up to Derrick Murphy and do so.

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    John Martin

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

  • Integrity???? I hope the voters remember next time he stands for election and I believe he is changing seats isn't he? Who would want ot be downwind of him?

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    andy

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

  • Joy, there are alternatives and you do not have to be party led to sort our your community's needs, as long as you are a true Independent and people trust you to act on behalf of all, not behind closed doors, listening and consulting on issues that matter locally and regionally, that's what matters. Organise and stand as Ketts Independent Alliance candidate, because party political dogma is bad for local communities. As Independents one can address the needs and find solutions within that community. Kings Lynn residents should collect funds for an independent monitoring station if this monstrosity of a brazier is ever build. Coltishall people should have been the first consulted on plans to develop and buy the airbase, not as an addendum. All these issues have now gone so far that even a last minute retreat can't stop the slide. I hope Mr. Vaughan will take up his case with HR and present it to the ombudsman.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

  • Cllr Murphy had thrown the gauntlet down to the public to come up with a viable alternative to incineration. When Cllr Daubney had listened to his electorate and come up with the goods County Hall had panicked and signed the contract in desperation as it is recycling, half the price of a burner and cleaner. It makes me wonder what hold Cllr Murphy has on other districts. Has he had a hold on other councillors to influence Caroline Spelman PFI, and MPs Eric Pickles visit to promote an enterprise zone at Great Yarmouth. I would suggest an independent investigation be held on County Hall and all County Councillors affairs. If the man at the top is in to manipulation what has his Councillors been up to.

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    Alan Allan

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

  • PS&P. Unfortunately Mr Murphy is tarring the conservative party. I for one will not vote for any conservative (having done so for 35 years) come the elections, what with this kind of person and a local MP that just sits on his hands. They are both in high position and both just seem to ignore the electorate in their own way which is a reflection on the conservatives.

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    Marigold

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

  • I think the 'love' is very one-sided LFB - I wonder if he'd love Norfolk half as much if he lost all of his allowances and expenses? He's overstepped the mark this time - bye bye Dekker, don't let the door hit your backside on the way out!

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    Friday, July 20, 2012

  • 'These MP's represent Norfolk people' wrote Jack. Thats what they were elected for, to represent all people not just those who vote for them. Norfolk voted for reusing reducing and recycling its waste and Cllr. Murphy's team has broken this contract we had. Neither has he considered a plan B, what if Pickles calls it in? what plans are in existence to proceed with? It will be left to us locally, because consecutive conservative administrations failed to consider anything else. Labour has had no other plans either, they prepared this nationwide incinerator building programme, some 65 of them, they are as bereft of ideas as the Tory's. We ought to hear of zero waste sites with associated businesses using recycled materials being sited next to them, of MTB and gasification of waste, but nothing is forthcoming or suggested by officers on NCC. Why not? When will the EDP start talking alternatives?

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Friday, July 20, 2012

  • As the Moody Blues sang "Go Now". Seems a good colour too, and the adjective is spot on.

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    bedoomed

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

  • No one is interested in Mr Vaughan, we all now how intimidating and aggressive a certain person can be, anyone who has attended County has seen or experienced it. We do need the report in the public domain though so for just once Murphy is held responsible for his appalling behaviour! Another employee at County, who I will not name said to me recently that "innocent people are getting caught in the crossfire"! I am sorry for those people and wish they would blow the whistle and stop the rot at County Hall. It must be an absolutely dreadful place to work!

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    Joy, King's Lynn

    Friday, July 20, 2012

  • Give back tax-payers money Derrick. What you have done to your own party is just appalling.

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    Jack

    Monday, July 23, 2012

  • No one is interested in Mr Vaughan, we all now how intimidating and aggressive a certain person can be, anyone who has attended County has seen or experienced it. We do need the report in the public domain though so for just once Murphy is held responsible for his appalling behaviour! Another employee at County, who I will not name said to me recently that "innocent people are getting caught in the crossfire"! I am sorry for those people and wish they would blow the whistle and stop the rot at County Hall. It must be an absolutely dreadful place to work!

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    Joy, King's Lynn

    Friday, July 20, 2012

  • Kevin Vaughan should show what he is made of and sign a disclaimer allowing the report to be printed. Then they would have no excuse.

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    alecto

    Friday, July 20, 2012

  • Mr Martin, Judge, Jury & executioner! And Jack, .. "People will die..." Bit extreme as the 'pollution' is likely to be much less than a City trafic jam. Nothing like trial by press to get the dogs howling and snapping!

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    Andy T

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

  • The rot in any organisation, or in any Council, starts at the top and permeates its way down, and it is rife throughout Norfolk. No wonder the likes of Cllr Iles shows no remorse when these people are hand picked by the Leader. Do we have to wait until the elections next May or will someone in County Hall develop a spine and stop the rot that is firmly taking root.

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    Honest John

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

  • Shabby using an underling for despotic despite.

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    tully

    Friday, July 20, 2012

  • Does Murphy claim his travel expenses from King's Lynn to County Hall or is it from his second home in Hethersett?

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    Honest John

    Saturday, July 21, 2012

  • Shouldn't the pertinent questions be coming from the public, why do politicians feel they need to control everything. Councillors should be judged by their actions (or lack of) and on the evidence Mr Murphy shouldn't the leader of the council, he is clearly not fit to do the job, but hey, we are only the electorate, what do we know?

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    MrMingMong

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

  • Looking at John Martins post. What on earth did “abusive e-mails” you claim to have received have anything to do with your instructions to Mr Vaughan? The answer is he has been using this tack to undermine planning officials and his county councilors that predetermined the outcome, all nine of them. He has been using the sympathy vote. What gets me is he should have had no involvement as he is the leader and also has a duty to his constituents. He said he could not vote on the planning but he has used proper gander to discredit the opposition.

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    Knee deep In Toxic ash

    Friday, July 20, 2012

  • Mr Knee deep. There is now enough evidence that Cllr Derrick Murphy was caught red handed trying to influence the planning committee. He used character assignation on Councillor Daubney. As a feeble excuse he mentioned abusive emails but he did not inform the authorities. Why not! The problem is he is a past master at aggravating people to respond and play into his trap. A form of bullying. This must have had bearing on the planning committee’s decision. This decision must now be null and void.

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    Alan Allan

    Friday, July 20, 2012

  • I totally agree Kevin Vaughn should not be made the scapegoat for this.It should not turn into another case of when the posh boys are in trouble they always sack their servants.It is Murphy,not Vaughn,who should face the music.

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    Peter Watson

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

  • If these allegations are true then the Cory Wheelabrators planning application is tarnished and should be disqualified. The leader has openly given an advantage to Cory Wheelabrator by manipulating the Borough Council by discrediting Nick Daubney by email to Radio Norfolk. His action has broken every rule in the planning book by giving CW an unfair advantage. Does it run deeper and County Hall should now be scrutinised by a police investigation.

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    Alan Allan

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

  • Sold down the river by murphy and his cronies,just what do they have to gain?,and how much money has changed hands? .

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    Steve33

    Saturday, July 21, 2012

  • Murphy is right about one thing, the proof of the pudding will definitely be how NCC and the Conservative Party respond to this. The Leader of Norfolk County Council has once again brought the County and the Party into disrepute, how many more times is this sort of behaviour going to be swept under the carpet? He should not be allowed to resign, he should be made an example of as a warning to all the others behaving in the same manner, and dismissed from office.

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    Honest John

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

  • Has anyone ever had a complaint upheld against any County Councillor? If so, how, and when...in the 1980's?

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    bedoomed

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

  • Surely this is headline material? Why is this story buried in a long list of news items?

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    Trevor Ashwin

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

  • What would the outcome of the incinerator planning decision be if this information was in the media then? I expect many County Councillors had thought poor old Derrick and voted for the burner through on spite. What else has he and County Hall been up to. The plan of action was to discredit the Borough for going against and scrutinising County. Just one other point, BBC Radio Norfolk’s Nick Conrad was involved and he has got off Scott free. The last episode was over Cllr Murphy with Democracy in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The same format was apparent when Nick Conrad asked Mike Knights anti incinerator to attend the show at the last minute and the same bio against the anti-incinerator campaign was in full swing. It was like one of NCC stage managed planning meetings. County Hall has the luxury of being close to BBC Radio Norfolk and not just by geographical.

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    Knee deep In Toxic ash

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

  • Daisy: I don't subscribe to the notion that "bad things" have gone on before so we needn't worry about more "bad things".

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    norfolkngood

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

  • Yet again this is another example of the tawdry depths Councillor Murphy will scour to achieve his aim. Many of us in South Norfolk will never forget his shoddy, back handed behaviour towards the hugely respected County Councillor Adrian Gunson. It has been mooted that Councillor Murphy intends to stand in NR15 during the next election. People of Swainsthorpe & Mulbarton be on your guard. This man appears to have little ntegrity and will employ any tactic, including bullious behaviour to achieve his end.

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    Fox Moth

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

  • I was a conservative that ended when this man decided come hell or high water he would inflict an incinerator on my community. I suggest that the conservative association may like to sever links with this person before they lose what little credibility they have left. As Andy said, we thought bankers were bad, this man takes the biscuit over them!!

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    Joy, King's Lynn

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

  • Several months ago I suggested that the EDP do a poll on whether Murphy is fit and should remain as leader of the NCC (you have polls on other political issues) why not this one?

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    maryjane

    Friday, July 20, 2012

  • He claimed £39000. His wife Janet clains £18500. very strange!

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    Choice

    Saturday, July 21, 2012

  • And people think bankers are bad!

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    andy

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

  • If Mr Daubney wants to take private action then I am sure he needs to look no further than most of the population of Norfolk for donations to help him. As for Murphy saying that Kevin shouldn't have sent the email. Kevin is a young lad in an economic environment where it is very difficult to find a job and though he probably disagreed with what he was told to do his position at the Council would have become untenable if he had disobeyed his boss. This is a total disgrace and the only way it can be redeemed for the Tories is for Murphy to go.

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    alecto

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

  • This article needs forwarding on to Mr Localism himself, David Cameron. Tony Bromly you are correct about spin. The hype about gangs of unruly mobsters ascending from the shady depths of Kings Lynn was greatly exaggerated the day of the predetermined planning fiasco last month over the incinerator. Character assassination on a large scale. Henry Bellingham MP had witnessed this. Security guards with dark glasses ready to deal with elderly grey-haired pro recycling campaigners.

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    Choice

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

  • The County Council has helped Cory Wheelabrator every step of the way. They have put ever obstacle going in the way of opponents. We need to remember how close they were by to CW when they accepted evidence from a dodgy phone poll by CONres sorry ComRes. CW canvassed shoppers at Tesco’s “buy one get a new lung free”. We are dealing with a devious council and a corrupt American Company that has history of corruption and pollution.

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    Knee deep In Toxic ash

    Friday, July 20, 2012

  • Is Dastardly Derrick morphing into Bono of U2? It`s the lizard-like aspect those designer specs lend to his already shifty features.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, July 22, 2012

  • John. Take the EHO out of that list. They are employed by the Disrtict Council ie KL&WN. The Environment Agency are a Government body who "regulate" these activities.

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    norfolkngood

    Friday, July 20, 2012

  • Too many unanswered questions. Why so desperate to try and undermine Nick Daubney? Why does he want to to discredit the cheaper recycling alternative wanted by West Norfolk? Why did Murphy ignore another costed alternative after challenging people to find one? After shortlisting 2 incinerator companies why opt for the technically inferior bid costing tens of millions more? He said he would face his electorate then ran away to South Norfolk, will voters remember his name when he hides behind a blue rosette at the 2013 elections?

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    Voter 65,516

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

  • Cllr Murphy has been accused of bullying and this is a fine example of character assignation via Email! The same man accused the public of harassing him and other councillors but no evidence of this and none had reported any incidents to the police. This is a case of using spin to discredit any opponents of the incinerator.

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    tonybromley1951

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

  • The breaking news is that NCC is now refusing to release the report prepared by the independent investigator, John Anslow. It says that this must remain confidential because it relates to the employment of Kevin Vaughan. FOIA requests will be dealt with appropriately. So, we now face an internal cover-up attempt to protect Murphy from full details of what actually happened emerging. Of course, the truth is that the report is about the unconscionable efforts of one Conservative politican to use an officer, whose salary and pension are paid by the public, to cause damage to another Conservative politician. How much worse can it get?

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    John Martin

    Friday, July 20, 2012

  • Every MP across Norfolk want Eric Pickles to call in planning permission. These MPs represent Norfolk people. Derrick Murphy represents Wheelabrator. It is disgraceful for NCC cabinet members to threaten to take away funding from councils who do not play their game. Police investigation is long overdue. The whole thing is a scam.

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    Jack

    Friday, July 20, 2012

  • But trial by press is all that is left to the people of Norfolk. We have all known what this creature is like but he has slid, teflon coated, out of disaster after disaster because the Council have refused to act in the best interests of the people who live in Norfolk. We would all have loved him to have been judged through the proper channels but that didn't happen. Roll on the day he is voted out of office. Cant think the people of Forehoe are going to be like Johnson's sheep and vote for such a person.

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    alecto

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

  • I cannot recall a time when Norfolk's Conservative party was in such disarray.The sort of underhanded dirty tricks campaign waged by Murphy is usually saved for the Tories' political opponents,not for those on their own side.This,after the recorded votes of the planning committee where 2 Tories on the committee abstained,reveals the deep divisions within Norfolk's Conservative party.It shows too the depths to which Murphy was prepared to sink to save his own skin.No wonder when the complete incinerator shambles could cost Norfolk's council tax payers a £20million fee for breakage of the incinerator contract.Derrick Murphy must be a very worried man and his political colleagues even more so.

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    Peter Watson

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

  • These are some of the questions that Derrick Murphy should answer now: 1. Why did you not come clean at the outset? 2. Is there a single valid reason why you should not now resign from NCC? 3. Do you intend to apologise publicly to Cllr Nick Daubney for the political damage you sought to do to him? 4. Do you intend to apologise to Kevin Vaughan for the stress that you have caused to him by not admitting responsibility immediately? 5. Will you arrange for immediate publication of the investigator’s report? 6. Will you repay the costs of the investigation? 7. What on earth did “abusive e-mails” you claim to have received have anything to do with your instructions to Mr Vaughan? 8. How can you possibly deny that the whole exercise was not an attempt to undermine Cllr Daubney? 9. Why do you think that Nick Conrad chose not to use the material? I am sure that you can all think of others.

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    John Martin

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

  • Jack. I agree with you that the police should be involved because County Hall left valuable information off that should have been included in the planning committee meeting. This fiasco about Murphy’s involvement to influence the outcome of the decision by discrediting Councillor Daubney is industrial sabotage. We talk about bankers but we are condoning it by paying into a corrupt regime via our rates.

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    Knee deep In Toxic ash

    Friday, July 20, 2012

  • Fenscape you are wrong. Derrick was flustered and put Janet’s glasses on by mistake or he is a cross dresser. Seriously he has ruined many people’s lives with his bully tactics. It is not nice to be on the receiving end Mr Murphy is it.

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    Knee deep In Toxic ash

    Sunday, July 22, 2012

  • A further update. The Chairman of North West Norfolk Conservative Association has also very honestly admitted to receiving a copy of the investigator's report. How can NCC suppress it now? This could be the beginning of the end for Derrick Murphy.

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    John Martin

    Friday, July 20, 2012

  • "I also love West Norfolk. But in my present job I have to love Norfolk more"this what Mr Murphy said.So why is selling his home in Watlington??? NCC claims the incinerator is safe and there is no health risk to people and wildlife.So why does he want to jump ship? Yours sincerely Senior Citizen (South Lynn)

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    LFB

    Friday, July 20, 2012

  • When you look at all the large projects (that few of the electorate want) NDR, Growth Triangle, Saddlebow and in the EDP today Coltishall. All under Secrecy, confusion, dodgy deals with one common denominator.

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    Marigold

    Monday, July 23, 2012

  • I think you'll find that the only thing with a spine at county hall is Derrick's book on N azi Germany......

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    Monday, July 23, 2012

  • Thanks for those snippets of news John, things are hotting up so it seems and Cllr. Murphy's past is catching up with him, too many hounds are the hare's death. Unless the president of the North west Norfolk Conservative Association holds a public office, he can publish the report received, although decency would have it that he talks to Mr. Vaughan first.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Friday, July 20, 2012

  • It is not only Cllr Nick Daubney who has an axe to grind; it is also Henry Bellingham MP after Murphy’s mob made a fool of him at the predetermined planning fiasco. How can you call in the incinerator when the inspectors have to sort out all the false statements and misinformation made by CW and NCC? There is something wrong when the consultation period was extended many times to alter the figures. The truth is County wanted to give the Borough a bloody nose for opposing the burner. I expect NCC have sent false or held back information to Eric Pickles.

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    Alan Allan

    Friday, July 20, 2012

  • Fenscape - easy No-one listened to those that knew and if they did, they didn't want to hear.

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    maryjane

    Sunday, July 22, 2012

  • Ingo there are already plans to take soil and water samples from designated sites on a yearly basis. Volunteers have already put themselves forward to have annual blood and respiratory function tests. This all needs funding but Cory Wheelabrator are offering a community fund and what better way to spend the money! Stats of all kinds have been gathered to give control figures and will be updated yearly. If they do go ahead someone in authority will end up paying for the impact the incinerator will have on our community.

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    Joy, King's Lynn

    Friday, July 20, 2012

  • No wonder Derrick Murphy is leaving West Norfolk, he has done the dirty on everyone and has to go. People will die if this waste incinerator goes ahead. This whole sorry episode is an absolute disgrace.

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    Jack

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

  • Yes, he 'loves' West Norfolk sooo much, he's stuck two fingers up to the electorate there and made a bolt for a safer seat. The only thing Murphy loves is power and the sooner he loses it, the better for all of us.

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    Thursday, July 19, 2012

  • As bent as a nine bob note.

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    Catton Man

    Friday, July 20, 2012

  • Councillor Murphy should be facing a Leadership challenge and looking for an alternative career. Norfolk needs him like it does an Incinerator when Swaffham fails Air Pollution standards.

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    tully

    Friday, July 20, 2012

  • Dirty tactics for grubby ends.

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    tully

    Friday, July 20, 2012

  • This man cannot continue to dominate our council. Andy Gardiner, along with other decent political figures, must make sure Murphy NEVER gains a seat in South Norfolk.

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    Wymondham boy

    Friday, July 20, 2012

  • Cllr Murphy has been accused of bullying and this is a fine example of character assignation via Email! The same man accused the public of harassing him and other councillors but no evidence of this and none had reported any incidents to the police. This is a case of using spin to discredit any opponents of the incinerator.

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    tonybromley1951

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

  • He must think he's pretty untouchable - surrounded by forelock-tugging acolytes in the Cabinet plus total access to NCC's PR engine and the legal might of nplaw too - both handsomely kept in clover by the Norfolk taxpayer I might add..... a total abuse of power. How have we let one man get away with this sort of behaviour for so long?

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    Sunday, July 22, 2012

  • Mr. Murphy should apologise to us all not just to his employees and officers, for the waste of money he has caused us, the stress and bitter feelings he has aroused in people. I will thank him for making it obvious and plain to people that party politicians like himself are out of touch and unable to bring consensus, not in public or in his own party. The voters of Forehoe should think twice before they invite trouble and ignorance into their constituency.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

  • Ha ha ha. This is absolutely hilarious...the number of comments that is! Do you not think this goes on all the time? And not just at Norfolk, but all over the Country, in all levels of politics? Doesn't make it right but some of the comments i've seen on here are absolutely disgusting. Talk about scapegoats, that's exactly what you're trying to make out of Murphy...because it will get built and for a couple of months you might not like it, but you'll soon find something else to protest against.

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    Yorkshire

    Wednesday, July 25, 2012

  • Mr Martin, Judge, Jury & executioner! And Jack, .. "People will die..." Bit extreme as the 'pollution' is likely to be much less than a City trafic jam. Nothing like trial by press to get the dogs howling and snapping!

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    Andy T

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

  • Dishonest and corrupt.

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    T Doff

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

  • All you all aware that in May, NCC adopted a new simplified Members' Code of Conduct. One aim was to avoid the submission of "vexatious complaints". Under the new version, it is virtually impossible to find a provision that Derrick Murphy has breached by this outrageous conduct. No such problem would have arisen under the old version. So everyone who is intent on submitting a conduct complaint against him to NCC will have a problem. Yes, he has failed to treat Nick Daubney with respect but that hardly scratches the surface of what he has done. NCC needs to remedy this immediately.

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    Nemesis

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

  • Alan x 2, Cory Wheelabrator have been helped by much bigger fish than Murphy, starting with Defra officials. If there was nothing wrong with the incinerator, why have all those charged with protecting public health and environmental rolled over and kept quiet? £money. The UK is on the verge of being fined up to £300million by the EU for continually failing to abide by EU NOx pollution levels, and Norfolk’s Planning Committee have just passed this application that knowingly breeches them. Cory Wheelabrator, the BC’s EHO, NHS, all said the increase was insignificant, well it’s not to Europe.

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    Honest John

    Friday, July 20, 2012

  • What's new? County Councillors were warned of pending disaster before he was elected. however the thought of money in their pockets probably was the reason they elected him anyway. He had no significant experience, was a troublemaker in NWNorfolk. Now it will be up to them to get rid of him as he has brought the conservative party on the Council into disrepute More than likely they will sit on their hands. The Cabinet also have a lot to answer for and have also been discredited for being weak, frightened and ineffectual. From the lack of transparency to their claims for expenses (food allowance for instance) they have behaved disgracefully. Can anyone tell us why Murphy and his wife have such large travel allowances when he doesn't even drive? Does she get chauffeuring allowances on top of her own travel costs? It is all too disgusting.

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    maryjane

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

  • There has been a further development. The President of North West Norfolk Conservative Association has very honestly confirmed that a copy of the investigator's report was sent to him. (He has no connection with NCC.) He may have passed further copies on. Copies may have been sent by NCC to any other number of people. How can NCC refuse now to publish the report?

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    John Martin

    Friday, July 20, 2012

  • It's just like Jeremy Hunt who threw his special advisor under the train to save his own skin.

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    Jeffrey Osborne

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

  • Have told Conservative Central Office that after my lifelong support, due to Murphy, they will not get another vote, or another penny,out of me!

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    Joy, King's Lynn

    Friday, July 20, 2012

  • Once again Murphy hides behind one of his team. This man is not only bringing the Conservative Party into disrepute but the whole of the County Council. This man rules by the whip and his lackies just follow him like sheep and make mistake after mistake. Wake up County Council before the whole of Norfolk is destroyed by this man and his team. I was a staunch conservative - no more!

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    Commander500

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

  • Slosers13

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

  • I've given up hope on Mr Murphy sorting a new car park for Holt. Privately he has told individuals we will have one by Christmas. Now even his own councillors are laughing at such a suggestion!

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    Jono

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

  • Andy T - have you seen the email? It was a spineless and premeditated attempt to stir up bad feeling by someone who didnt even have the guts to put his own name to it but hid behind an employee instead. If I had been Kevin Vaughan, the 'appropriate action' would have been sitting in a meeting with HR with an agressive Unison rep next to me, threatening all sorts of hell and damnation if they attempted the disciplinary route under such circumstances. Murphy is quite happy to shoot his mouth off with little prompting at the best of times. I wondered why he'd been so quiet of late.......

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    Thursday, July 19, 2012

  • All I can add is Devious Derrick RESIGN ! (Before you get the push) Norfolk has had enough of your ways...

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    depressed Norfolk

    Monday, July 23, 2012

  • Well why are we all so surprised not! This man and his corrupt council has to be stopped when are our Parish Councillors and our District Councillors going to wake up and smell the coffee? This man and his so called team are destroying Norfolk bit by bit. Kings Lynn, Coltishall what next - world domination? This man has to be stopped and NOW. I will NEVER EVER vote Conservation again EVER. NCC WAKE UP and sort this out once and for all please for all our sakes this man is making the good people of Norfolk lives a misery.......

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    Slosers13

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

  • Good question maryjane - between them they claimed over £7,600 on mileage allowances in the last financial year..... kerching! Pity they couldn't all have shared a car with David Harwood who lives down the road from them; he maxed his mileage at over £5,500 doing many of the same journeys on the same days!

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    Thursday, July 19, 2012

  • Peter Watson - pls don't tar all Conservatives with the same brush, this man is a manipulative bully who should be sacked, or at the very least resign (if he has an ounce of integrity). His fellow County Councillors should raise a vote of no confidence and get a Leader drafted in with some manners and morales. Derrick Murphy is an absolute disgrace.

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    Public Sector & Proud

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

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