A district and county councillor for the Mulbarton area has announced his resignation from the Conservative party, so that he can stand as an independent against the leader of Norfolk County Council next year.

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Jon Herbert said he was cancelling his Conservative membership to fight against Derrick Murphy for the Forehoe division at next May’s county council elections.

The accountant, who was elected as a South Norfolk Councillor in 2007 and on to Norfolk County Council for the Forehoe ward in 2009 was deselected as a member of the South Norfolk Conservative Association earlier this year.

Mr Murphy, who currently represents Freebridge in west Norfolk was picked to be Conservative candidate to stand for the Forehoe division in south Norfolk.

Mr Herbert today said he had given up any hope of an appeal into his deselection being successful and had resigned his membership of Mid Norfolk Conservative Association

The councillor said he had become “increasingly disillusioned” with the way that Conservatives in Norfolk had represented their residents in local government and believed his deselection was “politically motivated”.

He added that the catalyst for his decision had come after South Norfolk Councillors approved plans for 180 new homes in Mulbarton, despite opposition from local residents and the parish council.

“I have been privileged to represent the residents of this special part of South Norfolk and stunned that the local politicians do not seem to want me because I am too independent and as a local person insist on representing local views in local politics above all else. It is the overwhelming response from local people to the news that an outsider who has not represented his residents, is to be brought in by the Tories that has led me to this decision to carry on as an independent.”

Mr Herbert will continue as an independent councillor for Forehoe until the May 2013 elections as well as an independent councillor for Mulbarton ward at South Norfolk Council. He is also a parish councillor for Mulbarton.

Norfolk County Council says it is still waiting to receive a QC’s report investigating Mr Murphy. An independent inquiry into the leader’s conduct was set up by the council’s senior standards enforcer. This was to examine Mr Murphy’s role in an email sent by a taxpayer-funded Conservative political assistant, which suggested questions to BBC Radio Norfolk.

The email sent by Kevin Vaughan stated that West Norfolk Council leader Nick Daubney was facing a leadership challenge and was struggling to come up with an alternative technology to the proposed waste plant at Saddlebow.

8 comments

  • Good luck to him. This is high farce indeed. The dreadful Murphy does a runner after making himself pulic enemy number one in KL, and like good lackeys everywhere the South Norfolk brigade stab a sitting councillor in the back to make way for the great one. Hopefully the electorate will give DM the sound thrashing he desrves.

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • I agree with you John but anything to oust Mr Murphy would be better for the county and democracy.

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    Marigold

    Wednesday, December 19, 2012

  • What a choice Murphy or Herbert.

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    John L Norton

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • I couldn't agree more John N. Neither will be getting my vote, I wouldn't waste the shoe leather!

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    Jaguar

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • So, the EDP is at last showing some interest in this investigation into Derrick Murphy's conduct, some six months after it was first told of the public complaints that finally prompted it. And will it then start an EDP campaign to have the report published when it is submitted to the NCC monitoring officer later this week? I very much doubt it.

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    Nemesis

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • As one of the seven members of the public who formally complained about Murphy's conduct six months ago, I have been trying to post under this article full details of what the complaints allege. Sadly, I have not got past the gate guardian. They are more serious that the article suggests.

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    John Martin

    Wednesday, December 19, 2012

  • What a disgraceful way for South Norfolk Conservative Association to behave towards one of their own members! Considering their action has been taken to make way for Usain Murphy, who is not only having to bolt from his current ward in West Norfolk after selling his constituents down the river, but he is also under investigation for his appalling conduct. Surely one has to ask why SNCA would even consider giving him a safe haven, let alone kicking out their current elected councillor? Birds of a feather maybe?

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    Honest John

    Wednesday, December 19, 2012

  • I know which of these two would have my vote, Jon Herbert. The other person is beyond contempt he has jumped ship to safer climes after signing away millions of our money to his American friends.

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    Joy, King's Lynn

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

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