The deputy leader of Norfolk County Council is to step down from his cabinet position on Monday, the EDP can reveal.

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Ian Mackie says his job within central government includes new roles which are politically restricted - meaning he has to stand down from “high-profile local political roles”.

The Thorpe St Andrew division county councillor’s decision is expected to be confirmed at Monday’s cabinet meeting.

Mr Mackie, who is cabinet member for finance and performance, led the Big Conversation project, which has resulted in more than £100m of cash cuts and savings being made at the authority since 2010.

He will remain a county councillor.

Mr Mackie said: “This has been a very difficult decision, as most people know I have tried my best for Norfolk and have given everything I have to these roles since being appointed in 2009.

“It has been an honour to hold such a position and I shall greatly miss the great relationship with my cabinet colleagues, I wish them and my supportive officer teams well for the future.”

Mr Mackie said it had been a “very demanding period” for local government with budget grants significantly reduced, but he believed the council had “steered a careful course through this”.

He works for the Cabinet Office’s efficiency and reform group, which states its brief is to make central government “more efficient” and “radically” reform public services.

Mr Mackie added: “I will of course be continuing to serve the county I love and the wonderful community of Thorpe St Andrew and Great and Little Plumstead which I have had the privilege or representing since 2005. I hope to be back in the front-line of the county council again, one day.”

8 comments

  • Well Peter Watson, I agree the Murphy clan are in trouble but what ever would the mess be like if Labour were in charge?? Let me help you, massive debt, poor if not any service's people who need help would not get it and those who sit around would have money thrown at them. At least we can all hope for the end of Murphy but I hope we NEVER see the start of labour at county otherwise it will be the end for us all.

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    Sweet cheeks

    Sunday, September 16, 2012

  • Now for Murphy the Kingmaker Next year they will be vanquished I wish

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    No to tory boy

    Saturday, September 15, 2012

  • That is why sweet cheeks we need more independents to put checks and balances into the County Council and every other council for that matter. If some party tries to go off on a frolic of their own like the property developer wannabees of the Tory Cabinet a group of people who are councillors because they want to serve the people of Norfolk rather than sit in County Hall with their snouts in the trough will bring things to a crashing halt. Same will apply to all other parties who get ideas above their station. Still smiling at the thought of that awful little man going. Hopefully the start of many.

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    alecto

    Sunday, September 16, 2012

  • Not too sure i accept cllr.Mackie's rationale as what has really changed in his civil service role is not clear. but the effect of his decision is a major blow to the Tory leadership at county hall.It looks to me as though the Conservative group are simply falling apart.

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    Peter Watson

    Saturday, September 15, 2012

  • Hooray and about time. People have been pointing out the odd juxtaposition of his roles, Cabinet Office servant, district councillor and county councillor for months and months. I see similar councillor Carswell is also standing down but without such a fanfare. This has made my day.

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    alecto

    Saturday, September 15, 2012

  • Good riddance - I sincerely wouldn't give a toss if I didn't hear about this man ever again. Murphy next.....

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    User Removed

    Saturday, September 15, 2012

  • What about the families with small children in King's Lynn who would be in the frontline if this waste incinerator gets the go-ahead. The tory cabinet ignored them we will ignore you at election time.

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    Jack

    Saturday, September 15, 2012

  • Not much improvement for btritain to have this chap helping the cabinet office. After being booted out of his local constituency for discrepancies, whatever that means, he wiped our eyes by omitting incineration from the big conversation, now he's being picked by the cabinet for his stinginess.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Saturday, September 15, 2012

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