The former leader of Norfolk County Council has announced he will not seek to return to the role, after quitting as chairman of the Conservative group.

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Derrick Murphy emailed fellow Conservatives to announce his resignation as leader and chairman of that Conservative group hours after a standards hearing into his conduct over a controversial email.

He said revelations at that hearing meant he would have to pursue a number of “very important issues” against the council, which he said would be ”incompatible” with his position as chairman of the Conservative group.

Mr Murphy was cleared of all but one of seven claims made against him.

But in a remarkable day at County Hall, the standards committee found Derrick Murphy did bring his office into disrepute and heard how relations between Mr Murphy and the council’s chief executive had broken down.

Sanctions imposed by the committee include training in ethics, the committee writing a letter to Mr Murphy about his behaviour and a report of the breach will also be presented to the council.

But the committee found he had not treated either the Conservative political assistant Kevin Vaughan, West Norfolk Council leader Nick Daubney or Nick Conrad with disrespect.

And on the issue of breaching the code of conduct through his answers to chief executive David White, the committee did not uphold that, saying the evidence was incomplete and unclear.

The hearing heard how Mr White had secretly recorded an interview with Mr Murphy last April over the sending of an email.

That email was sent by Kevin Vaughan, the political assistant to the Conservative group at County Hall, to BBC Radio Norfolk, in April last year.

It was sent two days before Nick Daubney, leader of West Norfolk Council, was due to appear on Nick Conrad’s show to discuss the King’s Lynn incinerator, which has long been a source of tension between West Norfolk and Norfolk County Council.

It suggested it might “be pertinent information” for the broadcaster to know that the borough council leader was facing “a serious leadership challenge” and that his authority had failed to procure alternative technology to the plant.

When the email came to light it sparked an independent investigation at County Hall, which concluded in the summer that Mr Vaughan had acted on the wishes of leader Mr Murphy. Mr Vaughan later left the council, with a pay-off.

Following the independent report, seven people complained about Mr Murphy’s behaviour and the county council asked Jenni Richards, QC, an expert in local government, to investigate.

She concluded Mr Murphy should face a standards hearing, with her investigation finding he had asked Mr Vaughan to lie about who asked him to send the email and, in conversations with the council’s chief executive about the issue, Mr Murphy “gave answers that were misleading, evasive and lacked candour”.

That, she said, meant he did not treat Mr Vaughan with respect, amounting to a breach of the councillor code of conduct and bringing his office and the council into disrepute.

And that’s what was discussed today by the standards committee, where the committee heard chief executive Mr White say he had recorded a conversation with Mr Murphy, without Mr Murphy’s knowledge.

•There will be a full report and reaction in tomorrow’s Eastern Daily Press as well as an exclusive interview with Mr Murphy.

•For full details of today’s hearing, and the dramatic statements made throughout, read our live blog from County Hall using the link at the top-right of this page or by going to www.edp24.co.uk/news/standards-hearing-blog

117 comments

  • Is anybody surprised at the outcome? I know I am not. All this has done is strengthen the anti Murphy feelings. Hopefully come May it will be all over for him anyway.

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    pumpuii

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Dickens, I work for the government. If one of my staff did what DM did I'd've sacked him for poisoning the workplace. Just like DM has done NCC. This wasn't an anti-incinerator led exercise, I'll think you'll find most of Norfolk wanted to see this man removed for the good of Norfolk. I bet his p45 will come May....

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    d, west lynn

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Opposition parties will all be ready to take Tory seats at the elections. There will be more landslide victories against the Tories.. Derrick Murphy should have been kicked out. The Tories are their own worst enemy. Derrick Murphy is a liar this man will never gain any respect back form his voters. When does he get back out of the naughty corner?

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    Jack

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • How much longer are EDP going to allow D.icken.s to publicly make these false claims against 7 members of the public? How long has Jenni Richards QC been against the incinerator if her report is to be ignored too? I would love to see her do something about this non-stop tirade.

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    Honest John

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Please can anyone tell me where I can read the QCs report in full?

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    maryjane

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Ding goes the bell, its time for your blue pills Dickens. I have sat through the whole meeting today and Cllr. Murphy got away with lying and using Kevin Vaughn as a buffer in his row with West Norfolk twin hatters, the latter being the only ones mentioned en masse but never by name. Cllr. Murphy's evasive nature and his strained relationship with cllr.s and officers was mentioned ad nauseum, relations at senior level are at a standstill and I cannot see how the Chief executive and Cllr. Murphy can work together and lead Norfolk's affairs ever again, not after today's battle. The facts we heard today are crucial and a welcome as a lesson for the future. Sadly the Standards Committee could not bring it upon themselves to thank the members of the public who complained about his outrageous behaviour, it was not cllrs. who were bothered to uphold accountability and integrity, its had to come from us, the voters. Today the members of the public showed that Standards committee meetings can be held in public, without much interruption, they add an ambiance of respectability to the proceedings and Cllr. Murphy was found guilty, if only on one count.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Dishonest John and Fenbrain have not the slightest idea how this game is played. The clue is in the title - 'Council'

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    Dickens

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • EDP is less accountable than the Sun or NCC.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Peter Watson you talk like a fool, most tories dislike him its only the weak few that obey him. I dont care if he is blue, yellow or corrupt red he still done wrong and should be kicked out.

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    Sweet cheeks

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • No holding you back eh @Dickhead? Why would that be, are your comments not borderline libelous. Silly me, that's only used as an excuse when EDP doesn't like what your're saying. LOL

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • I think a holiday is in order - I hear that South Norfolk is lovely at this time of year....

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    User Removed

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • The King is dead - long live the King Nothing changes

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    Dickens

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • D.ickens, maybe Scooby can let you have his email address so you can send out one of your cryptic essays where you bitterly attack members of your own party who aren't towing the county conservative line?

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    User Removed

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Don't think so Nemesis, but if he does want to bring a case against David White, this has nothing to do with Norfolk taxpayers, the chief executive did this in a private capacity, for his personal reasons, he clearly stated and is on record as saying so. He further stated that the phone used to record was an iphone owned by his PA, who then transcribed the conversation afterwards. Ever heard @ this call may be used for training purposes and might be monitored'? almost every council and Government agency, as well as private companies record our calls and records are kept for some years. They can be asked for by the courts. There is also the possibility to retrieve the information from the PA's phone. But, is it really in the interest of the Tory party to have a cabinet member and standing councillor involved in ongoing legal disputes that paint them in a bad light?

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Sunday, February 3, 2013

  • This is about Murphy's conduct to his staff, Dickens, take your blue pills, there's a good chap.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Langwade is Murphy's man on KL Council - there is no way on this planet he would have wanted to be in a position to find against Derrick....

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    User Removed

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • EDP comment moderation, brought to you by the Josef Stalin Foundation fo free speech.

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Tory leader brings office into dispute, BBC says it is a "very serious matter" but to appease right-wing voters EDP goes with "Derrick Murphy to be given training in ethics". That it?

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    Jeffrey Osborne

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • What does Dickens, Popeye, blue tractor have in common. Billy UKIP Daw’s.

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    Alan Allan

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • Thanks for your comment, there may be a delay before it appears, but there is no need to re submit it! Oh yes there is, if the EDP only wants simple single liners, they should ask their journo's to join in here.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • So, who told him to resign? Happy days, anyway! But I fear (and hope), this is just the beginning.....

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    Scooby

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Save your applause popeye as the full report has now been published on the NCC website - it clearly shows that he is a liar that has brought his office into disrepute.

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    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Poor @d, of west lynn, and @Ingo, got that troublesome comment constipation? Often happens I find on certain stories, why is that, anyway for immediate relief try 3-2-commentdotblogdotcodotuk.

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Haha D.ickens - he wasn't exactly cleared now was he? I think he was actually branded a liar that has brought his office into disrepute. You'd know that if you hadn't left half way through....

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    User Removed

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • maryjane, the report is here: www.norfolk.gov.ukviewstand010213item8pdf but as the EDPs system will remove the forward slashes just re-add them on either side of the word 'view' on the above link.

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    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Derrick Murphy looked calm and unruffled throughout the day. Why should he have been anything else ? He had done no wrong. He was and remains the victim of a campaign of systematic abuse which has been brought to him courtesy of being leader of a council that has decided to award a contract to build a waste incinerator. Nothing else. The bile and hate that has spewed forth as a result of NCCs decisions beggars belief. The pathetic lynch mob have failed again and scored another home goal. Their vile comment and abusive style can be readily seen on here and no doubt the comments have been collected and stored for future use to demonstrate what is really going on. This is a campaign of harassment against people in public office. Disgraceful it was allowed to get this far.

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    Dickens

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Clueless Fenbrain and Dishonest John struggle to work out the basics. Neither could manage the Sun crossword and so no surprises there.

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    Dickens

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Be sure to pass my regards to Cllr Murphy when you speak to him on the phone later D.icke.ns - I'm sure he'll need cheering up now he's stood down permanantly!

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    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Can you not feel it everyone? The naked fear in the words of Dickens? He is really angry with the anti incinerator campaigners, none of whom I saw at the meeting yesterday (No Richard, no Mike, no Michael). In view of his anger may I offer all those who had the gumption to bring this complaint when the weasels tried to hide it away my heartiest congratulations. And the more Dickens whinges and whines the more effective were their actions! I first became aware of John Martin, not because of the incinerator (I live nowhere near there) but the obvious democratic deficit that this poor County was suffering with this lot mismanaging the Council. Yesterday, as Ingo said was thanks to brave members of the public standing up for themselves and the people of Norfolk. That is the way it is going to be from now on. Anybody thinks they can run a ship of fools like Murphy did can think again. We are watching you like hawks.

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    Electra

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • blue tractor, can you smell the fresh air? yesterday was the beginning of something new, regardless of whether this post appears or not. Thanks to all those who showed our die in the wold cllr.s how its done.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • Thanks for your comment. There may be a delay before it appears, but there's no need to resubmit it, because we won't post it anyway if it is inconsistent with our own biased views.

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • d, don't worry too much about d.ickens - now Murphy has 'resigned' the bottom feeders will swim away and attach themselves to their new Leader. He is finished and rightly so - this is the tip of the iceberg.

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    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Cllr. Murphy was found guilty, he is 'evasive, controlling and its been members of the public who made this happen. Cllr.s need to have a serious accountability check, now take your blue pills Dickens, there's a good chap.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • EDP is aiding and abetting personal attacks and censors factual information

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Sunday, February 3, 2013

  • The councillors that have no backbone will be remembered on election day. When does Derrick get out of the naughty corner? Opposition parties will be loving this farce!

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    Jack

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • See, @Dickens can say what they like, insults, libul, it's all the same to the EDP moderators. Why is that? check out 3-2-commentdotblogdotcodotuk

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • The Terminator is terminated.

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    Peter Watson

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Derrick Murphy standing down should not in itself be allowed to prevent the much-needed incinerator from being built.

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    blue tractor

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • I sent another comment where is it EDP?

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    Jack

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Dickens, are you going to get a medal from Murphy for being a good boy and singing his praises there must be a brown envelope coming your way.

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    Sweet cheeks

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • This man was not guilty of anything. He has been under constant attack by a handful of so called ‘campaigners’ who do not want an incinerator built. Pushing these protesters along in the background are a few councillors who think they have got away with it. Rest assured readers they have not and a more interesting ‘inquiry’ will be coming along.

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    Dickens

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Opposition parties will all be ready to take Tory seats at the elections. There will be more landslide victories against the Tories.. Derrick Murphy should have been kicked out. The Tories are their own worst enemy. Derrick Murphy is a liar this man will never gain any respect back from voters. When does he get back out of the naughty corner?

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    Jack

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • The campaigners against the incinerator are to be thanked for alerting the rest of us just how arrogant and utterly complacent they are.Due to their tireless campaign everyone can see the truth about Tory Norfolk.

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    Peter Watson

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Murphy should have openly realised that his position was untenable long before it came to this meeting. Trying to bluff it out was always likely to end in tears.

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    andy

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • So, who told him to resign? Happy days, anyway! But I fear (and hope), this is just the beginning.....

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    Scooby

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Keep it up D.icken.s - it was nothing to do with KLWIN as well you know. Just a silly smear on your behalf as usual.

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    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • He was found guilty on one charge of bringing his office into disrepute . Therefore he should never be leader of Norfolk County Council again . In fact , he should resign from the Council . The voters hope for high standards , his are about as low as you could go .

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    dragonfly

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • D.ick.ins you do talk alot of rubbish most of the time. Why do you think DM resigned....????

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    Scooby

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Murphy has stood down as chairman and leader of the Conservative group for Norfolk County Council. He will remain a councillor - but not for long!! I don't buy the Sun, thanks.

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    Honest John

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Is that 4 changes to the headline of this story plus assorted additons and modifications to the content of this article in the past 5 hours. That's what you call fast moving! The life of an EDP journo, never a dull moment eh. Must be so tough, where do you find the time to moderate so many comments as well?

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • D.ick.ins you do talk alot of rubbish most of the time. Why do you think DM resigned....????

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    Scooby

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • The legacy of this Tory blood-spilling at county hall is a bill for £20 million to cancel the incinerator project at Lynn.This is the legacy of 4 years of Tory Norfolk.A bill for £20 million.

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    Peter Watson

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Who leaked the email from Murphy to BBC Radio Norfolk? Roll of drums.... possible legal action?

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    Rhombus

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Maryjane the full report is now in the Agenda for today's SC meeting on NCC's website. It could have been a bigger waste of money, poor Derrick now has to pay his own legal fees because his mates let him down, talk us through why you turned up in the first place Cllr 'I'm leaving' Langwade, when you were compromised all the way along?

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    Honest John

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Can I also suggest that we outsource the provision of a course on Ethics to our friends from the Turks and Caicos Islands? It strikes me that they might have a better grasp on things than the incumbents of county hall....

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    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Well I will give Langwade full credit, he said he would sort it for him. I expect he is sitting a Murphy's table getting ready to accept his medal

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    Sweet cheeks

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • EDP, sort your mods out and let people comment who have been at the meeting!!!!

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Derrick Murphy was saved by a few conservative chums, but they have made things a lot worse for their own party. Who in there right mind would vote for a conservative who did not give a damn about Norfolk. Roll on the elections.

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    Jack

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Blue Tractor lets build it on your door step, when planning is refused and all the rest of the under handedness comes out it can be built at Coltishall which is more central to the county.

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    Sweet cheeks

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • I've been at the meeting and the EDP is aiding and abetting a lair.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Fenscape perhaps it is time the Di.ckens emails from the run up to the 2011 elections were sent to Daubney and Long. Perhaps they can identify the elusive MD and end his bile. Interesting that David White spoke of a man who likes to talk in riddles and evade answering direct questions! For the many who viewed those emails that should have rung a bell.

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    Canary Boy

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • Of course he was cleared. He had not done anything wrong in the first place unless you count upsetting a few anti incinerator campaigners who are being encouraged by King's Lynn councillors.

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    Dickens

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Don't think EDP are responsible, or certainly not Dan Grimmer, he predicted the outcome in today's paper. What a waste of time and agree with Dans report, hopefully this will convince Murphys prospective voters on the south side to avoid his box when at the poll station.

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    Marigold

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • May I respectfully suggest that no-one responds to the blogger Dickens he is such a bore and like all bores when ignored eventually go away.

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    maryjane

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • @Jack, you poor thing, might I be so bold as to suggest a little 3-2-commentdotblogdotcodotuk

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Get that final comment from Dickhens, the first 2 sentences are clearly autobiographical, but for some reason transposes the description to Fenscape. What would Freud make of it?

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Monday, February 4, 2013

  • Nothing changes - until May 2nd 2013. LOL

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Another one bites the dust. I wonder how much of a compensation package this one rates.

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    norman hall

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • The games up D.icke.ns - exactly the sort of tactics that landed the Tory administration into hot water today. It doesn't matter what decision the Standards Committee came to, it doesn't change the 40 pages of damning evidence from a top QC.

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    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • The Standards Committee have successfully made fools of themselves and have brought NCC into disrepute today. What does it say when the Chief Executive has not been able to trust the Leader of the Council but has done nothing about it? Is that why he's sliding off so as he wouldn't get done for gross misconduct - there's still time for that Mr NotSo White. Cllr Murphy's constituents now know for sure their Councellor is a liar, how comforting for the electorate at Forehoe to know in advance, SNCA can go out tonight and celebrate along with the rest of the Conservative invertebrates. Back in your box Borrett!

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    Honest John

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • @Jack, you poor thing, might I be so bold as to suggest a little 3-2-commentdotblogdotcodotuk

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • More personal attacks by Dickens, he must be very clever. Meanwhile, factual and more detailed comment giving real information are blocked, not Gangnam style but Eastern Daily Prattle style.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Sunday, February 3, 2013

  • Where is my comment EDP?

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    Jack

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • What a waste of public money. One wonders what the so called ‘anti incinerator mob’ will come up with next now the ‘Lynn Gate‘ Inquiry is over ? Another failure by this lot to try and further their cause. All this served to achieve was to make a lot of people in power close ranks. A man has been seen to have been hounded out of office in a witch hunt. No one in authority has any time for so called ‘ campaigners’ who pull these stunts. This was the final nail and they drove it in themselves. Very silly move. Congratulations on making certain the incinerator is built.

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    Dickens

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • What a waste of public money. One wonders what the so called ‘anti incinerator mob’ will come up with next ? They have cost the tax payer enough and we hope they will now go away and give it a rest.

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    Dickens

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Well done Derrick. You have sent the 'secret seven' scuttling back to their HQ in deepest Norfolk . It will be fun watching what this toxic little gang come up with next.

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    Rhombus

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • This is the best result the opposition political parties could wish for. I expect events of today will be on opposition campaign literature in every letter box in Norfolk by the end of April. This was the best and only chance to wipe the slate clean for the Tory party but missed a golden opportunity. I have always voted Tory but no more.

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    Alan Allan

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • The only honourable thing Murphy has done - resign. Good riddance.

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    norfolkngood

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Why do pro-incineratorColt purchasepro DM comments get published but not the other way round?

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    d, west lynn

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Do shut up Dickens!

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    John L Norton

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Dickens you bore us with anti-incinerator slander. Go back to CW,BAM or NCC...

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    d, west lynn

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • U2 eh @Police Commissioner??? get it off your chest at 3-2-commentdotblogdotcodotuk

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Derrick Murphy looked calm and unruffled throughout the day. Why should he have been anything else ? He had done no wrong. He was and remains the victim of a campaign of systematic abuse which has been brought to him courtesy of being leader of a council that has decided to award a contract to build a waste incinerator. Nothing else. The bile and hate that has spewed forth as a result of NCCs decisions beggars belief. The pathetic lynch mob have failed again and scored another home goal.

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    Dickens

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • The crack pot anti incinerator ‘campaigners’ resort again to insults and abuse of other posters on here in a sad and pathetic attempt to push their cause. Obviously they have learned nothing which is no surprise. ‘An empty vessel makes the most noise’ as the saying goes.

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    Dickens

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • To paraphrase Mandy "I am an ankle-biting object of dik ed's devotion and a quitter"

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Scooby. You think I have no idea what is happening ? Wait and see what unfolds with Mr Murphy and also the Incinerator. You will be in for a surprise. I will say no more for now on that point.

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    Dickens

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • More personal attacks by Dickens, he must be very clever. Meanwhile, factual and more detailed comment giving real information are blocked, not Gangnam style but Eastern Daily Prattle style.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Sunday, February 3, 2013

  • So, who told him to resign? Happy days, anyway! But I fear (and hope), this is just the beginning.....

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    Scooby

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • All the usual insults and attacks from the fish wives and weaklings. We all know the sort. Little gang - loud shouting - abundant cowardice. The uneducated always resort to type shouting from under the bin lid.

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    Dickens

    Sunday, February 3, 2013

  • So the great ‘Lynn Gate’ inquiry was an unmitigated disaster for the anti incinerator campaigners. This was of course a forgone conclusion to anyone with an idiom of common sense (Honest John excepted ) and has added another spectacular home goal to the protesters score. They seem to have attempted to hijack the Standards Committee in a futile attempts to further their cause. This will be now used in evidence against them at a more important later date either openly or more likely covertly and will in effect completely demolish the last slight chance they might have had to stop this project. If there is one thing that no one working in any capacity in Government posts will condone it is this sort of thing. It is an absolute unwritten no mans land. If ever a campaign was so badly led it was this one which could go down in history as a master class in how to get it all wrong.

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    Dickens

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Give it up EDP, no need to stop people posting here, your censorship is childish

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • To paraphrase Mandy, "I am an ankle-biting liar and a quitter"

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • The contents of the full report makes extremely disturbing reading - the tactics and depths that the Tories at NCC have sunk to is a real eye opener. I wonder whether the same sort of behaviour was rife during the whole debacle surrounding the proposed incinerator? Answers on a (very small) postcard please.

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    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • My sympathy lies with the people who voted for Derrick Murphy.. What a disgrace he is to his party. Time to go Derrick and remember and lock all the doors when you go. The stom is not over yet it is just beginning.

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    Jack

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • The self appointed 'Police' here who have taken it upon themselves to bring these spurious charges amount to a handful of anti incinerator protesters who appear to have abused the Standards process to further their cause.

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    Dickens

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • comment censored? Why would that be? anyway, now you see why White is not 'commercial' - he would have used the secret recording to blackmail Murphy if he fitted that billing.

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Oh dear, I seem to have been ethered... Think the report found that he was a liar that brought his office into disrepute?

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    User Removed

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Popeye would that be Langwade,Pitcher,Cousins,foster,Jorden,Steward and Borrett???

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    Sweet cheeks

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Ding goes the bell, its time for your blue pills Dickens. I have sat through the whole meeting today and Cllr. Murphy got away with lying and using Kevin Vaughn as a buffer in his row with West Norfolk twin hatters, the latter being the only ones mentioned en masse but never by name. Cllr. Murphy's evasive nature and his strained relationship with cllr.s and officers was mentioned ad nauseum, relations at senior level are at a standstill and I cannot see how the Chief executive and Cllr. Murphy can work together and lead Norfolk's affairs ever again, not after today's battle. The facts we heard today are crucial and a welcome as a lesson for the future. Sadly the Standards Committee could not bring it upon themselves to thank the members of the public who complained about his outrageous behaviour, it was not cllrs. who were bothered to uphold accountability and integrity, its had to come from us, the voters. Today the members of the public showed that Standards committee meetings can be held in public, without much interruption, they add an ambiance of respectability to the proceedings and Cllr. Murphy was found guilty, if only on one count.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • With Norfolk's Mental Health Services in decline, I think it is wonderful that the EDP provide a platform for the likes of popeye and d.icke.ns to rant away while their medication goes obviously unchecked. Lets hope they don't see the very large report in tomorrows EDP eh?

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    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • -This is a sorry tale-lies, deceit,bullying and if that is what treating someone with respect means all I can say is the tories are on ce again the nasty party. Their refusal to accept the findings of a QC is arrogance. who are these superior mi nded standard committee members? They surely didn't base their opinions on Murphy's lawyer's deliberations? They are just a bunch of cronies cuddling up to their paymaster-this must never be allowed to rest and those who believe in honesty and integrity and above all democracy must continue to voice their opinions and influence the next election

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    maryjane

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Did you get sent home early?

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    Honest John

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Oh d.ickens you do make me laugh with your crass hypocrisy. Can you not remember all the poisonous emails you sent from under the relative safety of your own bin lid which sought to undermine the leadership of King's Lynn Borough Council? Talk of fat men and headmasters ring any bells?

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    Sunday, February 3, 2013

  • Whatever happened to Langwade did he have a senior moment. and forget why he was there or perhaps he felt it was all a bit too rough for his delicate nature?

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    maryjane

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • D.i.ck.ens please return to the rock from where you came. You're just boring now

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    d, west lynn

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • I have just read the full report which has been put on the NCC website. It is damning.

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    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Could someone please tell me why Dickens can get away with making insulting comments and others cannot?

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    Sandy.L

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • So, who told him to resign? Happy days, anyway! But I fear (and hope), this is just the beginning.....

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    Scooby

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Peter Watson you talk like a fool, most tories dislike him its only the weak few that obey him. I dont care if he is blue, yellow or corrupt red he still done wrong and should be kicked out.

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    Sweet cheeks

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • maryjane, 3rd time of trying here, a friend has put it up on dontbinlynn dot com

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    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • maryjane, a friend has put it up on www.dontbinlynn.com

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    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • See, told you! Anyone expecting anything else, i.e. anything more than the least damaging token slap on the wrist to show justice has been done and avert any suggestion of a 'fix', has been living in dreamland. What's that brilliant light, a new star in the east? Oh no, it's all that gleaming whitewash at County Hall. As if a load of his cronies would do anything other than exhonerate him so far as is reasonably defensible. Whatever evidence was presented they would come up with some weasel words to question its credibility, thus lighting the blue touchpaper for Dickens and the rest to go forth with missionary zeal, pronouncing the word to the great unwshed voters of Norfolk, HE IS RISEN!

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Didn't take D'icken.s long to £gloat, but then he sees nothing wrong in pork pies.

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    Honest John

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Alas poor dik ed, they knew not what was coming...

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • No wonder no one wants to be a councillor in Norfolk if the people who post on here are anything to go by. I have heard the stories about webbed feet and using carrots for currency but never thought it was true until now. I pointed my friends in London to this site and it has been buzzed around the City like a storm. Keep it coming you lot this stuff is priceless.

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    Canary Brain

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • What a vulgar person Dickens is! Talk of empty vessels surely he recognises himself here!The news is good however we now have to try an d regain a bit of integrity - there are still those councillors who have a reputation for weasel words,un truths and dishonesty and the coming months will sort them out. The Tory establishment is rotten to the core from the CCA downwards and many MPs who have been asked to sort this mess out have refused to lift a finger. They only ask that members sell their souls for the sake of a blue rosette.

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    maryjane

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Fenscape is not the sharpest knife in the box as we have witnessed often enough and has struggled to put the basics together. Sadly relies too much on insult in the absence of the ability to make a worthwhile point as we see on a regular basis. The leadership of the council makes no difference. The council will continue in e exactly the same way. There is no victory and these same angry commentators will switch their poison dripping to whoever is in the chair - and so on. Attacking a council is like attacking an army with an endless amount of replacement troops. Waste of time, money and energy.

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    Dickens

    Sunday, February 3, 2013

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