The recent standards hearing into the conduct of former Norfolk County Council leader Derrick Murphy cost the taxpayer more than £35,000, it has been revealed.

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The county council had commissioned QC Jenni Richards to investigate Mr Murphy’s behaviour in connection with an email which was sent to the BBC in April last year.

And the authority confirmed today that the bill for her services was £35,275.

Ms Richards had recommended that the standards hearing find that Mr Murphy had breached the councillor code of conduct four times in relation to the email and that it clear him of three other breaches.

But the committee cleared him of six of seven, although it did find he had breached the code of conduct once. In asking his political assistant to claim it was not Mr Murphy who asked him to send the email, Mr Murphy, had the committee, said, brought his office and the council into disrepute.

The 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 Ms Richards, an expert in local government, to investigate.

She concluded Mr Murphy should face the standards hearing. She said her investigation had found Mr Murphy 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.

But the committee, having heard Mr Vaughan himself speak of his admiration for Mr Murphy and that he did not feel disrespected, concluded he had not been treated disrespectfully.

The committee members also rejected evidence from Mr White as “incomplete and unclear” after he told the hearing he had secretly recorded a conservation with Mr Murphy about the sending of the email.

Mr Murphy was cleared of the two alleged breaches in relation to his conduct when interviewed by Mr White.

Mr Murphy, having already stepped down as council leader and chairman and leader of the Conservative group, has decided not to stand as a councillor for Forehoe in May’s elections.

71 comments

  • What a big fuss over nothing this was. The man has decided to leave and so end of story. The one that takes over will be much the same so why all the carry on ? The money involved is peanuts and as for an incinerator they are talking about another one next door at the other big paper mill so there will be two now anyway.

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    Webbed Feet

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • These incinerator protesters are costing us a fortune. Next there is a public inquiry. How much is that going to cost ? They wont get anywhere but they will end up costing the local tax payers as usual. The whole campaign is a stupid expensive idea.

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    Canary Brain

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • This man was elected to safeguard NCC's financial interests. And he ended up costing us £35k and the rest. The man then has the bright idea of pursuing a case against NCC. He should be asked to repay the £35k!!!

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    Johnboy

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • Canary Brain or is it Di.ck.ens aka little tony in yet another disguise? The fault for having to spend any money at all on this investigation does not lay at the door of any anti incinerator campaigners, politicially motivated activists or the 7 complainants who were only ever determined to uncover the truth behind Cllr Murphys part in the Vaughan incident! The blame is purely and simply none other than Cllr Murphys for behaving as he did and NCCs for being party to burying the first investigation by Mr Anslow. That is the end of the story!

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    Joy, King's Lynn

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • So these people if faced with those in "authority" wouldn't face up to them? Ha ha ha. Given half a chance John Martin would have had plenty to say at King of the Universe's hearing, all of it highly relevant. When are you lot who dont like the public standing up for themselves going to clear off to North Korea where your attitude would get you a double portion of Kim Chee. They'd like you there. Meanwhile, I wasn't a complainant in this particular complaint but I fully support what they did. They did it on behalf of me and the people of Norfolk. Oh, except for those with one way tickets to Pyong Yan.

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    Electra

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • So 35K to a QC that says guilty of 4 and innocent of 3. But then Committee says guilty of 1 and innocent of 6.Something wrong somewhere. Still what did we all expect anyway. At least this cae was over quick mine took 6 months against "Weasell." and it still isn't finished.

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    Sandra Osborn

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • The questions that remain unanswered are - Why was Kevin Vaughan paid to leave? Hush money obviously, but what for, who was being protected by his silence and who was behind it?

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    Honest John

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • This man was elected to safeguard NCC's financial interests. And he ended up costing us £35k and the rest. The man then has the bright idea of pursuing a case against NCC. He should be asked to repay the £35k!!!

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    Johnboy

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • Why why why do totally innocuous posts on this 'forum' dissapear into the ether? If only the cost was £35 000! That is but one part of the overall costs of this sorry and sordid fiasco. There is more cost to come yet before the 'County' has finished dealing with this disagreeable situation.

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    Jaguar

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • It is not so much a question of not wanting something built on the doorstep but one of what has to be built in order to move forward. Looking at the facts it seems that the incinerator offers the best possible solution. Of course it will upset some but it will benefit a lot more. Once it is built and running people will forget about it. There were plenty of objections to the Campbell Tower but years later people felt attached to the building. This is the 21st century.

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    Not A Nimby

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • Make the spiv pay the costs.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • Murphy didn't have to go because of the email, he had to go because he asked Kevin to lie on his behalf.....durrr

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    Fred

    Thursday, February 14, 2013

  • This investigation wouldn't have cost anything if Fifi McNeill and the other pretendy bendy officers that we have to put up with in addition to the awful councillors had put in place a proper hearing at the time that the King of the known Universe, aka Murphy, had committed his offence. She didn't and the public had to step in. In view of the fact that this has blown open the behaviour of pretty much everyone in County Hall from Fifi to "I'm going to retire" Tomkinson and the nodding dogs who passed as Conservative representatives on the Committee it was money very well spent. Anyone who objects to all of this being uncovered is beyond the pale.

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    Electra

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • Maryjane this is the same situation we now have with Cllr Borrett. If NCC had any intention of doing the right thing and attempting to change the rotten culture, then it would seriously investigate Borrett's important part in this, before the public or other cllrs put in complaints and the whole dirty mess comes about again. The problem seems to be that the rotten culture is concealed by the legal department, so which employee or councillor are going to do the job they're paid to do and show some backbone and initiative at County Hall, as it should not be left to members of the public to make these complainants in the first place.

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    Honest John

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • What about the turbines going up everywhere. No one does much about that. Burning rubbish is the old way of doing things and better than land fill where is causes disease and smell.

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    Arthur Pewty

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • You have got to laugh at the optomism of the pro efw on here. Why the berating of local people supporting a cause that is strongly felt in West Norfolk? Is it because your company is being fined extortionate amounts or are you from the company that is a laughing stock for completely messing up the Cambridge bus lane? As for the former leader, he is a disgrace, its not just about the WN issues, he has constantly ignored the whole of the county. Please take BB with you...

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    d, west lynn

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • The hearing contributed towards him standing down. Money well spent IMHO.

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    The Wash Monster

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • The investigation is over so now they can get on with building it.

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    Del Boy

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • When the story of the e-mail saga first broke,Murphy could have admitted straight away that it was he not Vaughan who was behind the story. This would have saved the trouble and expense of employing a QC to get him to admit he was to blame. If he had been honest we would all be a good deal better off.

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    maryjane

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • Canary Brain I shouldn't start crowing just yet, whether you like it or not the odds are stacked against it. Eric Pickles will have the final say and the Conservatives can not afford to lose 65000 votes, and all the MPs in Norfolk are against it. I think its 5050 to be honest.

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    Sweet cheeks

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • Who would want to vote for any conservative now, because at the end of the day they ignore you. 65.516 people said No to waste incinerator. NCC spend more time using whitewash to hide the truth, they will pay for their mistake soon. Bill Borrett says he has done everything by the book, so ignoring 65.516 people is OK then. Borrett I would like to see the book that says that waste incineration is safe. Awe thats right Borrett there is no such book and you know it. You will not threaten my family with your constant annoying dithering we need a waste incinerator for much longer. Roll on May you will all be voted out. You will all be history like Murphy.

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    Jack

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • To the would-be belittlers, I think the discontent is a little more widespread in the county than just WN alone. Sure they had their say in a referendum, with an overwhelming outcome against, but let's not forget the predictably grubby and shambolic counter-attack by the NCC spin amateurs, chasing round all the other district, town, and parish councils in Norfolk in a desperate attempt to demonstrate broad public consensus. Aside from a handful of cr0ny-controlled areas in support, this was another spectacular failure. And the cost to NCC of that venture, the sole purpose of which was to shore-up a politically motivated incinerator project, is yet more of our money wasted for the aggrandisement of a tiny clique of borderline-c0rrupt politicians.

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • V, if you read Ms Richards recommendation, I was there and heard her say so, as well as Mr. Revells to the point judgement of what this has done to NCC and what example it sets to councillors, the lack of integrity, accountability and sheer lying involved, then you must ask why it is the Standard board was weighed in favour of DM, despite Cllr. Langwade's exit halfway through, when emails mentioned came too close to the collar for him. How was it possible that after all this the AStandard Board acted against the public interest and that of its own statutes, i.e to keep the day to day NCC affairs amicable and conducive with the code of conduct. why is it that the recommendations of NPLaw, our very own 'open all hours' office should account for more than that of a QC? What has become clear is that the interest of us does not count, that party politics matters most to these characters, and that we can do something about that. In May.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • Dis dat canary no nimby, Jenny Richards QC identifies Derrick Murphy broke seven code of conduct rules. The committee cleared him of six because some of his mates could lose valuable financial benefits. It is equivalent to nine members of a jury finding the criminal not guilty because they have an interest with the prisoner. It is not unusual to find councillors on planning committees declaring an interest and leave the room the day of meeting. How many talked about the issue over a glass of bear with councillor mates prior to the committee meeting. Could be development control board Kings Lynn Bill D?

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    Ben Baxter

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • Pity they did away with surcharging. Is there another legal remedy to recover the cost from DM?

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • NCC put the fear of God into the minds of residents of west by using stick instead of carrot to force an incinerator in their back yard. When Ann Stewart failed to convince the public breathing in dioxins is good for your health also when she found Cory Wheelabrator had been fined for fraud and polluting many times then she jumped ship. NCC decided to use the enforcer Derrick Murphy to crack a nut with a sledgehammer but he also tried to demolish Kings Lynn Borough Council at the same time. Not content with that he dragged BBC Radio Norfolk into the equation wrecking Kevin Vaughn and David Whites careers. If residents of Norfolk did not make a complaint about Derrick Murphy who would the next victim be? Derrick Murphy had been found guilty of discrediting fellow colleagues especially Nick Daubney who had found NCC used underhand tactics to discredit the anti-incinerator campaign. With evidence that NCC were part of this deception Cory Wheelabrator must now be suspended from treating Norfolk’s waste until a full independent inquiry is held. The first part the inquiry should be why NCC got involved with CW knowing they have been fined numerous times for fraud and polluting the environment.

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    Alan Allan

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • Really simple to explain, "V". Richards is an independent expert in such matters, whereas the decision to clear him on six of the charges was made by people who can be at best described as prejudiced.

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • £32k will seem small beer when the bill comes in for removing the smell from the NCC cabinet offices. Furthermore there isn't enough money anywhere to make the Tories smell sweet, however did they get the nickname "the Nasty party"?

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    Bazza46

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • So Mr Conrad refers to the complainants as a "Gang". Hope he and his production team are enthusiastically reading up the legal tomes on libel and scratching around for actual written evidence that these people not the Council instructed the QC. Because if he can't....

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    Electra

    Thursday, February 14, 2013

  • But think of the long term benefits - another £20 million penalty clause avoided when NCC jumps into bed with the next Cory. Or are you saying the remaining lot are going to be as bad as he was?

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • On the question of the figure of £32,275, this was not the cost of "the hearing". Jenni Richards QC spent six months on her investigation, prior to attending the hearing at the request of the NCC monitoring officer. She interviewed countless witnesses, some of them twice, and she produced a closely-typed forty page report. I suspect that NCC had value for money. What cannot be forgiven is the fact that the leader of a local authority in charge of millions of pounds of public money attempted to persuade a junior employee to lie for him. That is why there is a bill of £35,275 to pay now.

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    Nemesis

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • So if the committee cleared him of 6 of the 7, and found he breached the code once, what was the point of hiring Richards then ?. Yet another waste of money which should be taken from the committee's pay. Also, can we, the tax payers have a complete breakdown of Richards part in all this, and the cost ?. No !. Thought not.

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    "V"

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • In a case such as this - should not he who was proved guilty be responsible for costs? If there had been any doubt , McNeill would not have had to call in an independent QC, and by the way, in legal fees terms, the County Council came off lightly. It was a great pity that the Standards Committee in their deliberations proved to be incapable of understanding her extremely well produced case. What part did they not understand? They can only have been influenced by the 'blarney' in front of them and the threat of him returning to power and taking his revenge.

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    maryjane

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • People always want to have a go at people in authority mainly because it lets off steam and you can get away with it. No one would say these things in person to someone unless they were looking for a fight. That said building this waste disposal plant is not a bad thing and my view is that the decision is best left to those who know what they are talking about. The professionals that is.

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    Not A Nimby

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • What's the big deal, we are well used to these charlatans wasting our money by now.

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    Unemployed and Luvin it.

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • To be honest did you expect anything else, they waste money like its going out of fashion. If they cut every councillors money for say a few months then it can be paid back in full then they will think twice about having a looney as the leader in the future.

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    Sweet cheeks

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • Key question: where is the real story? £35k for the cost of the QC but how much of taxpayers money has the whole affair cost? 1) Investigation into Kevin Vaughan by Mr Anslow (including officer time) 2) Cost of Vaughan's payout (3) Holding the Standards Committee (security, time of senior officers in nplaw and others who attended the hearing) 4) Cost of QC 5) Cost pro-rata of David White planning and executing his secret recording of Murphy 6) Cost of NCC communications team dealing with the media and issuing press releases and it goes on and on. This could run into hundreds of thousands of pounds. How will we ever find out? They will never tell us. Perhaps we should send that fine upstanding young man and his dog into county hall to find the answers for us!

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    pig in trough

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • Tip of an expensive iceberg.

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    Canary Brain

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • Derrick Murphy has caused the tax-payer all this money because he did not admit it was him that sent the offending email from the start. There has now been two investigations. In the first investigation when it was found that Derrick Murphy was behind the email to Leader Nick Daubney David White should have held Derrick Murphy accountable for his actions, but David did nothing. Opposition parties should have complained about this but they too kept quiet.. No wonder members of the public had to complain this should have never happened. Derrick Murphy said he is loyal to the conservative party, instead Derrick Murphy should have been loyal to his voters. Awe thats right he did not have any. Bill Borrett is also involved in this email saga, so how will Bill Borrett have a chance of being the next leader.It will be more of the same old tactics to hide everything from the Norfolk people. We need a new Leader who is passionate about Norfolk. Lets hope that the conservatives make the right choice and elect a leader that listens, and works for the good of our county.

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    Jack

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • To be honest did you expect anything else, they waste money like its going out of fashion. If they cut every councillors money for say a few months then it can be paid back in full then they will think twice about having a looney as the leader in the future.

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    Sweet cheeks

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • Censored again, what a bore, try 3-2-commentdotblogdotcodotuk

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • I'm no detective but would guess the top 3 commentors are the same person. Or are at least in the same office.

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    d, west lynn

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • Who cares if this chap has left ? Most people would not know who he was if they fell over him. They change all the time anyway. It’s just a pity it cost 35k this time when it could have been free of charge in May. Talk about dumb moves.

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    Diss 'N' Dat

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • It seems weak kneed Christine can dish it out but can’t take. Goes off reporting to teacher like a little tell tale. Two can play that game and I will report what she thinks is a ‘comment’ in future. Although judging by what she has said so far that much is open to question. What a big baby.

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    Canary Brain

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • For me it is simple... NCC has wasted a fortune in ratepayer's money as a consequence of its malignant culture of arrogance and ignorance. Meanigful consultation with Norfolk's communities has not taken place for years. The incinerator is the most infamous example... Other's examples include the mystery purchase of RAF Coltishall & Yarmouth's Outer Harbour development. @ The incinerator "pros" (do you remember Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf?) Why have you become so noisy in such proximity to the county elections? Who is this "little group of incinerator protestors?" Is it the 60,000 plus electors in West Norfolk who voted "No"? Is it the thousands of residents who wrote their planning objections and letters to Eric Pickles (who seemed quite impressed)? Is it the hundreds who turned up to the pre-inquiry meeting? Is it KLWN Borough Council? I for one say DM's hearing was a necessary evil & he should be thanking his lucky stars he got off so lightly.

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    Kadmos

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • Any guesses the £s pay-off for Kevin Vaughan? My guess £20,000

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    Rhombus

    Friday, February 15, 2013

  • Maryjane this is the same situation we now have with Cllr Borrett. If NCC had any intention of doing the right thing and attempting to change the rotten culture, then it would seriously investigate Borrett's important part in this, before the public or other cllrs put in complaints and the whole dirty mess comes about again. The problem seems to be that the rotten culture is concealed by the legal department, so which employee or councillor are going to do the job they're paid to do and show some backbone and initiative at County Hall, as it should not be left to members of the public to make these complainants in the first place.

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    Honest John

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • These pro incinerator people must of lost the plot, perhaps it should be built on there door step. Kings Lynn is growing rather and it sits well in the wash and supports our coast line and I agree it shouldn't be built there. I think the whole thing is wrong but if we must have one and if it is safe which I doubt I think it should be central i.e Norwich. But lets be honest its all a big con and there are more back handers than anybody thought possible. Have you noticed some cabinet members have some really nice cars???

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    Sweet cheeks

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • Derrick Murphy was part of a premeditated plot to ruin colleague’s careers by character assassination. It was fortunate some of his close pals on the committee closed ranks not realising Derrick Murphy will be claiming huge damages because Davis White for recording him.

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    Alan Allan

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • What has 'Christine' been smoking ?

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    Canary Brain

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • Forget you petty minded conspiracy theories Joy of Lynn. I am entitled to comment as well. You seem to be the one on here making the same comments under dozens of disguises but don’t tar everyone with your sordid brush. Waste of time and money I say. This little group of incinerator protestors are the ones that are costing us all a fortune. They wont get anywhere so it is all for nothing. They want a public inquiry next. That could last for weeks. How much is that going to cost us all ? The bill will be massive. Thanks a bunch to the incinerator protesters for putting our council tax up. Make them pay the bill not us.

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    Canary Brain

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • Christine is this same bloke with the nickname Diana. I listened to Radio Norfolk this morning and Nick Conrad was spouting on about the cost of the inquiry. BBC Radio Norfolk should rein verse the costs because Murphy felt confident enough to approach them. The only reason both parties got found out because of a person bottled out and opened a can of worms.

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    Knee deep In Toxic ash

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • I say, steady on there mrs. I heard the old boy was going to do the decent thing and offer to pay, but then again that was from mons00n and you can't believe a word he says any more either.

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • These pro incinerator people must of lost the plot, perhaps it should be built on there door step. Kings Lynn is growing rather and it sits well in the wash and supports our coast line and I agree it shouldn't be built there. I think the whole thing is wrong but if we must have one and if it is safe which I doubt I think it should be central i.e Norwich. But lets be honest its all a big con and there are more back handers than anybody thought possible. Have you noticed some cabinet members have some really nice cars???

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    Sweet cheeks

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • Norfolk County Council - More contaminated than Supermarket Lasagne. More corrupt than a third world dictatorship. Maybe they should invite Mr. Mugabe to come and advise on ethics and standards. The unacceptable and arrogant face of Conservatism at work here in County Hall. Government of the people, but NOT for the people, by a nest of schemers who's primary concerns are their fat saleries, their expenses and the furtherance of their political careers. Localism - Just one more lie and broken promise from Mr.Cameron and his "elitist" chums. Roll on the elections, then we can exchange this bunch of clowns for another similar bunch of clowns, but with a different different name. Is'nt democracy wonderful?

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    mrsmurphy

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • Mr Murphy has done a lot of other good work and it is a pity for him to end on this note but the hearing has found him to be wrong on one count and that is that. I don't think it will make much difference though when it comes to building the burner facility on this site. They have been on about it for years now and it is unlikely to be stopped with these tactics. Someone else will just carry on the same way. Shame about all the money being wasted. It could have gone on much needed services instead.

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    The-Blue-Flag

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • Hell hath no fury like a conservative scorned! http:www.lynnnews.co.uknewslatest-newsking-s-lynn-unhappy-tory-resigns-after-46-years-1-4413138

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    Canary Boy

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • Poor old Di.ck.ens, Del Boy, Can.ary Bra.in etc. We all know who you are ...."BILLY no mates". Since you lost your seat you're also "BILLY Turn Coat"

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    Sandy.L

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • Perhaps he got £35,000 like David White? Could that be a standard exit silencing fee? After all, White could have gone for a lot more but breaching his own data protection policy and bringing his office and that of the civil service local government management into disgrace put a stop to that. Why aren't we entitled to know how much Vaughan got? How many other pay offs has Borat (Borrett) signed off to protect himself and his role in the whole affair from being discovered. What else are Borat and White hiding? How many more skeletons are there in NCC's cupboards?

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    pig in trough

    Sunday, February 17, 2013

  • Diana Daws has created some new accounts namely Arthur Pewty and the blue flag. His agent Michael stone UKIP is none too pleased with him.

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    Ben Baxter

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • Ben Baxter is quite thick it seems. I have no idea who Michael Stone is and cannot stand the thought of UKIP. If you need to say something Ben Baxter get your facts right and then you sound a bit less like an hot headed idiot. I do happen to think burning our rubbish is a good idea and that is all and I would like to see an incinerator built. Far from stopping me from commenting I will increase my activity even if it serves only to annoy people like you.

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    Arthur Pewty

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • Poor old "little tony" aka "Dick.ens" and "Canary Brain". We all know who you are ...."BILLY no mates". Since you lost your seat you're also "BILLY Turn Coat".

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    Sandy.L

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • So Bird Brain thinks we have half a brain. It is actually four brains and rather fine large ones at that. Not being slaves to the Tory Party we don't have frontal lobotomies like you. Hasn't someone delivered your one way ticket to Pyong Yang yet?

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    Electra

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • @Honest John Why was Kevin Vaughan paid to leave?....well if he had been sacked he might just have taken it to tribunal...which is outside the control of NCC. By the way, I am not sure that the inquiry proved that Murphey sent the email, any takers?

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    Rhombus

    Thursday, February 14, 2013

  • We all want to know why Vaughan left with a payoff. NCC publicly said that his actions hadn't warranted being sacked and he had declined another position. Was that all a smokescreen? Can't help but feel if we could discover the answer to this question, it would be the key to unlocking the truth to the whole mess! Norfolk is now a laughing stock because of White, Murphy and co! The QC said Vaughan was doing his job yet the guy vanishes without a trace with a load of taxpayers money. Why? Murphy claimed at the hearing that he and the Conservative Group had wanted Vaughan back but David White blocked it and this led to the breakdown of trust between them? Why? What does Vaughan know and why was he cautious about answering questions at the hearing. Something to do with an agreement he signed with NCC. Why is this guy being silenced? What does he know? It is all very frustrating as there are people out there who have gone to great lengths to hide the truth from the public and used our money to fund their sinister actions. I don't think we'll ever know the truth!

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    pig in trough

    Friday, February 15, 2013

  • Murphy didn't have to go because of the email, he had to go because he asked Kevin to lie on his behalf.....durrr

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    Fred

    Thursday, February 14, 2013

  • The minutes of the hearing will show how Councillors voted.The information will be useful in assessing who could think independently of Party lines.

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    bedoomed

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • @Jag, it's the dawn of a new era. Censorship , aka moderation, is so Soviet. In the new way of doing things comments simply "disappear", until the article is archived when they may reappear some time later, when it's safe because no-one will read them.

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • Of course, this sorry, sad and sordid 'carry on' has already cost more than £35 000 to date and the cost will inevitably continue to rise. What an utterly detestable man.

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    Jaguar

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • This man was elected to safeguard NCC's financial interests. And he ended up costing us £35k and the rest. The man then has the bright idea of pursuing a case against NCC. He should be asked to repay the £35k!!!

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    Johnboy

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • It looks like the public are going to have to pay a lot more than this to clear up the mess Norfolk's Conservative party has made of the county.

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    Peter Watson

    Monday, February 11, 2013

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