Conservative in-fighting over the conduct of Norfolk County Council leader Derrick Murphy has escalated after one constituency association urged a neighbour to consider allegations he had brought the party into disrepute.

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The letter sent by South West Norfolk Conservatives’ chairman Lady Kay Fisher to party leaders in South Norfolk highlights national party rules that allow associations to expel members.

Such a move could threaten Mr Murphy’s County Hall career because anyone whose expulsion from a local Tory association is confirmed by the national party is removed from the national membership list and cannot contest elections for the party.

Mr Murphy dismissed the allegations against him as “tittle-tattle” and “nonsense” and said he was the victim of a dirty tricks campaign because of his support for the King’s Lynn incinerator, which put him at loggerheads with Conservative-run West Norfolk Council.

He said the letter contained “a considerable number of factual inaccuracies” and he had sent a “robust rebuttal” to the national, regional and local Conservative party chairmen.

Mr Murphy currently represents the Freebridge Lynn division, the site of the proposed incinerator at Saddlebow, but in May it was announced he would fight the Forehoe division, 50 miles away, for South Norfolk Conservatives in next year’s county council elections.

The EDP understands Lady Fisher’s letter alleges his conduct damaged the Conservative campaign in the recent Mid Forest by-election for Breckland Council – a claim Mr Murphy said was “arrant nonsense”.

South West Norfolk Conservatives’ executive council voted to send the letter by a “substantial majority” at a meeting on August 3.

David Pope, an executive council member and West Norfolk Council cabinet member, said: “We are trying to keep pressure on him all the time and make some of the county councillors think ‘We are getting in a bit of a hole and elections are coming up and is he our talisman?’ and we will see what happens.

“We are against the incinerator and he is obviously in favour of it and we are trying to use every means available to us to try to stop it and he is using all the means he has to get it done.”

South Norfolk Conservatives are already due to consider calls from two individuals to expel or deselect Mr Murphy at a management team meeting on August 28. He has said the complainants had “absolutely no evidence on which to base their statement”.

News of the letter comes after it was revealed that the North West Norfolk Conservative Association has written to the Conservative Party’s co-chairman, Baroness Warsi, about Mr Murphy’s conduct, saying that despite his “undoubted skills” he has the “propensity to sow divisiveness” and “pursue personal vendettas against those who oppose him” in a way which is damaging the party electorally.

Involvement of the Tory party at national level increases the pressure on all sides.

martin.george@archant.co.uk

55 comments

  • Murphy has done nothing wrong?? Another one who can’t distinguish between the two then. Too bright for Daubney maybe, but not for the party that elected him over Murphy, even though there’s not much to choose between the two. Dickens doesn’t miss an opportunity to put the boot into Daubney and Long, but conveniently forgets Murphy was at the same BC meetings for donkeys’ years, where all three supported the incinerator. Murphy has cost the Tories votes, and his behaviour is down to him, no one else.

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    Honest John

    Monday, August 13, 2012

  • It is refreshing to see so many people excited about next years NCC elections, but what will they have to vote for? Organise your opposition now, and keep away from party politics, they are all compromised and won't stand up for the whole electorate, that's why we are in these double dipping ruts. Why not use the forthcoming elections for police commissioner in November as a trial, if there is ever a job that should be done by an Independent, someone speaking for all Norfolk voters, then its this one. As for Mervin Lambert, now painted as not being not being snow white, I was expecting that a normal person will do this job, not a fairy queen.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Tuesday, August 14, 2012

  • The Tories, not the nasty party.......right!!!

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    Bazza46

    Monday, August 13, 2012

  • You could all send your comments to Baroness Warsi of course. chairman@conservatives.com Perhaps a link to this thread.

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    Marigold

    Tuesday, August 14, 2012

  • Oh give over Dickens (Or littletony if you happen to be in the Lynn area), you'll have the violin out next. This ultimately has nothing to do with West Norfolk at all - it's how badly the Leader of NCC has conducted himself. It comes to a pretty pass when a report by an independent investigator has to be stifled because it's so damning....

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    Fenscape 2

    Wednesday, August 15, 2012

  • The Con-servative party don't need any extra help in bringing the party into disrepute as David Camoron and George Osborne are doing a fine job of that alreadt.

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    It's_all_a_conspiracy

    Wednesday, August 15, 2012

  • This story in itself, the fact that it has come this far, should be enough for cllr., still, Murphy to take his hat. But what of it? he has resigned his north west Norfolk Conservative association membership and has not been elected by anybody else. Resignation at this point in time would leave him in a well deserved limbo. Sacking him from NCC, due to his bullying, does not change the culture that has brought this about. Cllr. Cliff Jordan and Cllr. Mackie are working in the same manner and only a wholesale exchange, with more Independents, can change NCC's standing now.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Monday, August 13, 2012

  • Clearing out the dirt from the County Council is well overdue getting rid of Murphy would be an obvious place to start. Unfortunately the rot at the top runs deeper than him alone, he has only been able to get away with his gutter politics for as long as this because so many of his close colleagues are just as bad. When Cabinet awarded the most expensive contract to the most expensive bidder, who gained? It certainly wasn't Norfolk's ratepayers!

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    Voter 65,516

    Monday, August 13, 2012

  • The waste incinerator has I believed been used as a weapon against West Norfolk for not agreeing to Derrick Murphy's and his cabinets moans and groans. Time to throw Derrick, Cliff and Mackie, Borrett out of Norfolk with their stinking waste incinerator. You should have listened to the people 65.516 people said NO.

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    Jack

    Monday, August 13, 2012

  • Mr Murphy and his gang of undesirables are allowed to be where they are today for three reasons. The first is that the electorate mutely puts their cross beside the name of anything that has Conservative after it. Let's hope that same electorate wakes up and realises that they are supporting some of the most appalling individuals it has ever been my misfortune to meet. The second is that the County Councillors of a smurf colouring have universally supported this disgusting behaviour and thereby allowed it to exist. Murphy is not the only one. Look at Spratt and Jordan. They should be gone yet their chums sit idly by letting them do exactly what they want with no consideration for the electorate. The third is that the Conservative Party at Central Office is refusing to take this problem seriously. Indeed it would seem that Colin Noble, who should be alive to the needs of the electorate, has been supporting Murphy according to the excoriating letter written by the Chairman and President of NW Norfolk CA. I hope sincerely that CCHQ takes it usual stance of doing nothing at all and allows these ghastly specimens to continue digging themselves even deeper into the mire. It will make the job of the independents so much easier come next May, and of course this November when one of the best candidates we could hope to have stands for Police Commissioner. Step forward Mervyn Lambert.

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    alecto

    Monday, August 13, 2012

  • Ingo is spot on by referring to the election for Police and Crime Commissioner in November. Surely this was never intended to be a political role. But the further advantage of voting in favour of a truly independent candidate is that it will lay down a sinificant marker for the May County Council elections, if such an independent secures election.

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    John Martin

    Tuesday, August 14, 2012

  • The issue here is Murphy’s behaviour and not the NCC incineration policy. Murphy has been caught red handed using a publically funded employee to undermine a fellow Local Authority leader, he has run from one of side of Norfolk to the other looking for a friendly electorate, he has joined and left Conservative Associations to try and outrun his responsibilities, he has misled voters about where he intended to stand for election, has ruined a young man’s career (the unfortunate Kevin Vaughan) and has cost the tax payer thousands of pounds in the cost of an unnecessary investigation and now a special pay off for Mr Vaughan. That is ample evidence of a man not fit to run a whelk stall let alone NCC – he should resign before he does any more damage.

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    Alistair Beales

    Monday, August 13, 2012

  • So you think the Conservatives should all retire do you Dickens? Excellent idea and I assume you include Smurphy and Mrs Smurph in that number. Bye bye.

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    alecto

    Tuesday, August 14, 2012

  • With reference to all of this that is going on at present I have to say I agree with Commander 500 - are NCC actually reading any of these comments? If so they really need to take heed of what is being said. It is not making Murphy a scapegoat he is doing that very nicely all on his own! NCC seem to have absolutely no idea about what the electorate demands and wants and they could find themselves very soon with egg on their faces if they do not sort this very nasty mess out. Only today I have read yet another media spin letter by NCC's media department supposedly written by Councillor Jordan (well that in itself is a laugh because he could have never written that piece so well), headed "Stick with US" - Why oh Why in his tiny mind would we EVER want to stick with that bunch of losers? I have never read so much clap trap in all my life. Jordan and Murphy and the rest of cabinet are all a long time past their sell by date. They would not know what the general public and the electorate wanted if it bit them on the bum! They do not LISTEN and if they appear to LISTEN they do what they want any way - we can't win against such bad politics. They are really not interested in anything we have to say and they will carry on regardless and ride rough shod over the electorate time and time again. They don't care have never cared and never will. RAF Coltishall - who? what? does it really matter ?- well YES NCC YES it does now PLEASE listen and don't pay everyone that matters lip service and please do not twist what is really happening by using the media to soft soak us all. We are intelligent human beings who are standing up for our rights. Remember us we are the little people that YOU (NCC) don't listen to and are really not interested in our views at the electorate that put you where you are much to our cost now. For goodness sake SORT YOURSELVES OUT and stop being a pain in the back side. Tell the truth for once in your lives and be up front with your public. After all without us none of you would have such a grossly over paid job you all would do well to remember that - Stick with us on this - I really really don't think so do you?

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    Slosers13

    Tuesday, August 14, 2012

  • Mr Murphy may dismiss the allegations against him as “tittle-tattle” and “nonsense” but the fact remains, he has not supported HIS electorate. It may be true that Nick Daubney and Brian Long were all out in favour of this incinerator but have now had a change of heart. However, the fact remains that they have. They have listened to the people and are fighting on their behalf. Mr. Smurphy has not done this - if he had remembered who pays his wages, there could have been a much different outcome. He can only blame himself for the position he finds himself in..

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    disolushund

    Monday, August 13, 2012

  • I trust the Party will look very closely at the behaviour of the management of South Norfolk Conservative Association who allowed this individual to muscle in (along with his wife) and take two places in the County Councillor list for South Norfolk. This will cost them those seats as the independence movement which is gathering strength from day to day will fight for those seats fiercely. And what about the Parliamentary seats Baroness Warsi? You are going to lose three of them for sure if you don't get this bunch of larrikins masquerading as Councillors under control.

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    alecto

    Monday, August 13, 2012

  • I am afraid that the facts are that the incinerator was born many years before Murphy was even residing in this area and before he was elected on the Borough Council or County Council. This project was entirely down to Nick Daubney and Brian Long who gave it every support and pushed it through. The deal with Palm Paper was linked to it and was treated in the same ‘fast track’ way by Daubney & Long. These two still want the plant built but they do not want the flack that goes with it - and so a nasty little political trick rears its ugly head - find someone dispensable to take all the blame - this time it is called Derrick Murphy.

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    Dickens

    Tuesday, August 14, 2012

  • Couldn't agree more with the remarks about Cliff Jordan. He keeps going on about being Norfolk born and bred - never finishes the saying though! If he thinks only Norfolk born people can properly represent the county then are we to assume he will be mounting a leadership challenge to Essex boy, Murphy? Essex is two whole counties away. Shock, horror.

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    alecto

    Wednesday, August 15, 2012

  • The reality of Norfolk's Conservative party for all to see-arrogant,out-of-touch and divided but equally incompetent-Norfolk Conservatives do not appear to have the basic skill to stitch-up one of their own, let alone their opponents.

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    Peter Watson

    Monday, August 13, 2012

  • If the other sixty-two Conservative members of NCC genuinely have the interests of the public at heart, they will lodge with the full Council a motion of no confidence in Murphy as leader at the earliest opportunity. Should they fail to do this, then quite reasonably they will be viewed by the public as emanating from excatly the same stable. That stable is one that badly needs mucking out.

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    Nemesis

    Monday, August 13, 2012

  • Dickens = NCC set up. Don't believe the hype.

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    Fenscape 2

    Tuesday, August 14, 2012

  • It is time that the Councillors in control at County Hall realised that the people of Norfolk are not prepared to put up with politicians who are not 'electorate friendly'. Mr. Murphy and some of his colleagues certainly seem to have a very bad, bullying attitude and those who consider themselves 'proper politicians' should disassociate themselves fairly promptly!

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    disolushund

    Monday, August 13, 2012

  • The real issue here is that Murphy has cost the Tories votes and Daubney and his cronies are terrified they will be out of office. Well just for the record it was Nick Daubney and his side kick Brian Long that were all out in favour of this incinerator. They nodded through every step right up until they realised it might cost them their posts. Then they both had a dramatic change of heart and went against it but sadly far too late. This has been going on for donkeys years. Murphy involvement is very recent. He is being made a scape goat by Daubney and Long. Petty minded politics at its very worst.

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    Dickens

    Monday, August 13, 2012

  • Does anyone at County Hall ever read these comments. If they did they would realise what the population of Norfolk think of Murphy, Jordan and co. Please get rid of them out before they destroy the whole of the county. They are doing a really good job of it at the moment. I can't wait until the next elections

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    Commander500

    Monday, August 13, 2012

  • Dickens, will you please stop focusing on Daubney, Long, jealousy and the incinerator. This discussion is about Murphy ordering an employee of NCC to send an email intending to undermine another Council Leader and the fact that his actions have cost a great deal of money to be paid unnecessarily from the public purse to compensate Mr Vaughan for the stress caused. The wider issues, if you want to bring them up and which will impact on the May 2013 elections, do include the incinerator but equally RAF Coltishall, Yarmouth Outer Harbour, the NDR and developments in Wymondham. All of these projects have serious issues with how County Councillors (not just Murphy) and officers have dealt with the public and acted without full consideration of either public impact or the financial viability of those projects.

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    Joy, King's Lynn

    Wednesday, August 15, 2012

  • Nice timing by EDP to publish a story about Murphy and the Turks & Caicos today. I have just read an article in the T&C papers from 2 yrs ago, the people believe they have been ‘invaded’ by the UK and undemocratically stripped of their power. They slated Bellingham, and he and the FCO chose his mate Murphy. The rot with the Conservatives has set in at the top, so it really is up to the districts to sort this out, and quickly. Maryjane, Mickleburgh was also rewarded with directorships at NORSE in May.

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    Honest John

    Monday, August 13, 2012

  • The Con-servative party don't need any extra help in bringing the party into disrepute as David Camoron and George Osborne are doing a fine job of that already.

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    It's_all_a_conspiracy

    Wednesday, August 15, 2012

  • Ultimately locally elected members of Norfolk County Council have the democratic legitimacy of its own leadership in their own hands.If they do not have confidence in their current leader,on behalf of the people they represent,a no-confidence motion should be discussed at full,open,council where cross-party support should be sought.I would certainly petition for such no-confidence motion to be heard.

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    Peter Watson

    Monday, August 13, 2012

  • Why should taxpayers pay for Mt Murphy's crass, cowardly behaviour? Take the special payment from his allowances, and a bonus too for Mr Vaughan for having been put through hell for so long. The wheels are off the bus.

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    bedoomed

    Monday, August 13, 2012

  • Dickens you have an awful lot to say on this matter maybe you should be in power or maybe you already are and you are a loyal friend of Mr Murphy. I dont think it has anything to do with an incinerator more to do with Mr Murphy trying to control everybody. I believe there are plans in the pipeline for more incinerators in other parts of Norfolk so we will see if South Norfolk welcomes him with open arms when they get one. I do think Mr Murphy should go as he is not now credible as a leader as he has alot of bagage, I think he is a bully and there is not smoke without fire. You never see Mr Daubany act in this way and therefore he should stay and I think Mr Long sits on the fence and he should make his mind up which way he would like to go. Mr Daubany and Mr Long have been elected several times but will Mr Murphy get elected again? I doubt it.

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    Sweet cheeks

    Tuesday, August 14, 2012

  • Slosers13, I have responded to the letter in the EDP allegedly written by Cllr Cliff Jordan since it was intended - in part - to take a swipe at me. Let us hope that the EDP views me as being entitled to a right of reply. As with most of these letters, it is easy to detect the hand of Mrs Joanna Hannam, the extremely well paid head of communications in County Hall. A much more sensible letter appears in today's EDP written by the leader of the Lib Dems in County Hall. He calls upon Cllr Derrick Murphy to resign as leader of the Council now and to repay the costs of Kevingate.

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    John Martin

    Wednesday, August 15, 2012

  • I think the word 'dismisses' sums up the affair. Mr Murphy is dismissive of any opinion but his own, and seems to have no sense of shame that he has been the cause of a young man leaving his job. I hope that the electors of his new constituency will see him for the manipulative person that he is, and give him the cold shoulder!

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    julygirl

    Monday, August 13, 2012

  • The debacle over Derrick Murphy and his lady wife seems more to do with petty jealousy, recrimination and vengeance than anything else. So a few councillors have had their arms twisted by the Tory Whip. So what ? Welcome to politics. It is no different in Westminster or anywhere else. The Conservatives should keep their mouths shut and wash their dirty linen in private. What a bunch of amateurs. They should stick to what they are good at - being retired.

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    Dickens

    Tuesday, August 14, 2012

  • Derrick Murphy has clearly lost the ability to distinguish between what is right and what is wrong. Institutions are full of such people because they are a danger to society. He has ‘encouraged’ the legal department at County Hall to give him ‘untouchable’ status, and others have followed in his footsteps, receiving the same immunity. Nemesis is spot on, the other members have a duty to unite and take long-overdue action, they elected Murphy as their leader in the first place, and must therefore take responsibility for his actions as well as their own.

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    Honest John

    Monday, August 13, 2012

  • Why doesnt the EDP go all the way, and interview Cliff Jordan, and publish his 'party' comments. At least Mr Murphy has nothing to hide.

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    Harry Brown

    Monday, August 13, 2012

  • Murphy has done nothing wrong. His only crime was being too bright for Daubney and his cronies. Now they have launched a dirty tricks campaign so typical of their level of local politicians. They should all be on Parish Councils where they belong. A sad pathetic bunch.

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    Dickens

    Monday, August 13, 2012

  • Soon to be ex-Councillor Muckleburgh is the biggest smurph of the lot. Anyone who votes for her next May would have to be bonkers. And Dickens, think on this. It takes an even braver man to admit he was wrong so all power to Daubney's elbow. And shall we get away from this being an incinerator fight? This is about an absolutely awful bunch of councillors causing mayhem all over Norfolk. I don't know any of the Councillors over in the west but I have some pretty unsavoury specimens on my own doorstep that I hope will be got rid of in the next election. Joy of King's Lynn is right when she says that each part of Norfolk has a different score to settle with this lot.

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    alecto

    Monday, August 13, 2012

  • I sense that the sharks will already be circling around his executive chair...... the unfortunate thing is that the prospective candidates in the cabinet are just as awful as he is.

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    Fenscape

    Monday, August 13, 2012

  • Please do not get me wrong. I have no time for these councillors and even less time for the Tories in power who have made themselves look an utter shambles. Bitter in fighting and public displays of petty minded brinkmanship is no way to run local government. Those Tories that collectively elected Murphy to lead them should show solidarity publicly no matter how they feel privately. It seems that Norfolk Conservatives need schooling in the basics if party politics. The fault here is with Murphy’s peers rather that with Murphy himself.

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    Dickens

    Tuesday, August 14, 2012

  • The Conservative group had known it would not be an easy ride to impose an incinerator anywhere in Norfolk especially with staunch opposition to Costessey. NCC searched worldwide to track down a company that has been fined $4.5 million for fraud and a list as long as your arm for pollution. Does not inspire much confidence in NCC and this is another reason not to trust them and the ruling Tory group. Most of my friends and neighbours will ditch the Tories if the burner gets built. Not just the county elections they have to be worried about but the next general elections. Elizabeth Truss and Henry Bellingham will be in a vulnerable position. I live near Swaffham. Gillian Sheppard would have taken the incinerator case to the Westminster from day one. I can now see all the opposition parties writing their campaign leaflets for May 2013. A few West Norfolk Tory councillors will regret the day they neglected the public in favour of rewards for towing the party line.

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    Alan Allan

    Tuesday, August 14, 2012

  • Derrick Murphy long ago ceased to be a problem for the Conservative Party alone; he has for some time now been a problem for the whole of Norfolk. He has what can only be described as dictatorial approach to local government, underscored by a selfish and arrogant determination to achieve his personal aims, whatever the cost to others. Along the way, those who have been promoted by him have emulated his methods. I don't think I have ever seen a leader of Norfolk County Council attract such well-deserved opprobrium. Surely, he must now recognise the fact that the game is up and resign.

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    Nemesis

    Monday, August 13, 2012

  • The real issue here is that Murphy has cost the Tories votes and Daubney and his cronies are terrified they will be out of office. Well just for the record it was Nick Daubney and his side kick Brian Long that were all out in favour of this incinerator. They nodded through every step right up until they realised it might cost them their posts. Then they both had a dramatic change of heart and went against it but sadly far too late. This has been going on for donkeys years. Murphy involvement is very recent. He is being made a scape goat by Daubney and Long. Petty minded politics at its very worst.

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    Dickens

    Monday, August 13, 2012

  • On 11th August 'Political aide quits....' Murphy tells us that two members of the executive committee of the NWN Conservative Association have written letters to Baroness Warsi in his support -one is Mickleburgh- just this moment newly elevated to the Cabinet post of Adult and Community Services- by Derrick Murphy-- good on yer girl- same person who was supposedly threatened by the anti-incinerator bogeymen. More money in your pocket.

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    maryjane

    Monday, August 13, 2012

  • Dickens, this is not about the alleged sins of Nick Daubney and Brian Long in the past. In fact, it is nothing to do with the Saddlebow incinerator. It is all about the arrogant and dictatorial behaviour of Derrick Murphy since October 2010. He has caused nothing but turmoil for his own personal ends, without reagrd to the cost to others - including the residents of Norfolk. Please let us concentrate on what is right for the future. For all our sakes, it has to be a future without this man. Anyone else in his position with a conscience would have resigned ages ago. He no longer has the trust of the electorate, and he has brought NCC into disrepute.

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    John Martin

    Monday, August 13, 2012

  • Almost immediately after Derrick Murphy won the leadership contest in October 2010, he was the subject of a conduct complaint by one of his Conservative colleagues alleging bullying. (That colleague was subsequently made a deputy Cabinet member.) Three more complaints followed making a similar allegation. In all – to date – some twelve conduct complaints generally have been lodged against him. That alone should tell the people of Norfolk something about him. Yes, Mr Murphy will say that he was largely exonerated, but that is as much to do with the way in which NCC deals with such complaints as anything else. I congratulate the EDP for allowing comments on this article to be posted. It is vital that the residents of Norfolk have a means of expressing their views on this man.

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    John Martin

    Monday, August 13, 2012

  • Good points Dickens, yet Daubney sen that it was inopportune and changed course, just as Westminster politicians do, as you say. It might have escaped you that peoples ire does not reside with NCC's top echelon alone, but with the party political system at large. The fact that us are not allowed a choice of electoral systems, but have to accept the worst possible option of all, or else, speaks for the aloof self aggrandising political system of the minority. I'm sure you would like to see a more representative system rather than being dulled off with lies at every electoral turn. Lets not expect others to do it for us, if we can't be bothered ourself.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Tuesday, August 14, 2012

  • Murphy talks about 'tittle-tattle' and 'nonsense' - what about his foul-mouthed telephone calls - there is no shortage of evidence of this man's behaviour.

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    maryjane

    Monday, August 13, 2012

  • Maryjane, is that the same Mickleburgh who has just been made a Director of Norse Care Services Ltd and Norse Care Limited. The same Mickleburgh that has never spoken a word on behalf of those she should represent and the same Mickleburgh who was rewarded with the chairmanship of a committee after her failure to attend a scrutiny meeting to carry out her role (for which she is handsomely paid) and scrutinise the award of incinerator contract to Cory Wheelabrator on behalf of people in West Norfolk? Anyone going to vote for her in May????

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    Canary Boy

    Monday, August 13, 2012

  • And now we hear this vision of nastiness is thought of highly enough by the Conservatives to tell people in the Caribbean how to behave. Are you kidding me?

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    alecto

    Monday, August 13, 2012

  • The complaints are based on the email Murphy ordered his political assistant to send, nothing to do with the incinerator. This is all down to Murphy's dirty tactics and hatred of Daubney, that goes back much further than the incinerator. Politicians cannot allow personal hatred, or vendettas, to cloud their judgement. Some of his cabinet colleagues are exactly the same!

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    Wymondham boy

    Monday, August 13, 2012

  • I am glad to say John Martin that they did allow your right to reply and it did get printed! I do feel so strongly about how the NCC are behaving in all projects at the moment. Why are they being allowed to behave in this way? Are they not answerable to someone or anyone? Certainly my experience of meetings I have been to with them is appalling. The cabinet behaves in an almost cavalier and bravado way. They have no intentions of listening to the electorate and indeed they do not even have the decency to even pretend to listen at meetings. They just carry on without any consultation on anything. Councillor Jordan and Co are rude, condescending and very very patronising. And the exaggeration of the truth at these meetings is really unbelievable. I can honestly say if I had not experienced this with my own ears and eyes I would not have believed that a government body could behave so badly. I am probably very naive when it comes to local councils but even I did not think they could behave in this way and get away with it. Why is NCC so bad at representing us? Why is no one answerable? I know this is politics but come on surely even these cabinets and councillors cannot be allowed to continue in this manner. All these projects that are currently ongoing such as the KL incinerator, Ex RAF Colitshall, and many many others surely somewhere someone is going to pick up on this that this cabinet is not doing its' job properly and that Murphy, Jordan and co have to be brought to task and dismissed? The conflicts of interest on their own should be enough for the legal beagles to put an end to all of this. How can the electorate be represented fairly when the government bodies concerned are only in it for their own gain? I ask again for action on this cabinet and I ask again for these councillors to be looked into in their practices. I am the electorate and I demand fair play and for my votes in the past and present to be represented fairly and justly and I demand to be heard. I have voted Conservative all my life - NO MORE I am ashamed to be even associated in any way shape or form with that party I am done with bad practicing politics - call it naive but I will not be wasting my votes next time. These Councillors and the NCC owe it to the electorate to give us fair play and have a responsibility of representing us fairly, openly and to remain transparent at all times. THIS SIMPLY IS NOT HAPPENING. I DEMAND ANSWERS.

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    Slosers13

    Friday, August 17, 2012

  • I don't think the entire blame for all of this is down to the dispute over the incinerator, and can therefore be made somehow less important! The problem is that Mr Murphy, and his cabinet colleagues, have lost the ability, they MUST once have had, to listen too and consider the views of the ordinary person in the street. They are local politicians and as such must realise they are accountable to both their political party groups and, more importantly, the ordinary person in the street who has seen thousands of people, not only in the West, ignored. Speak to those involved with Yarmouth Outer Harbour, the NDR, KHM, RAF Coltishall you will find all have had the same problems as those of us in the West.

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    Joy, King's Lynn

    Monday, August 13, 2012

  • John Martin – I sincerely hope the EDP prints your letter of reply, it would certainly show an incorrect bias if it did not, and perish the thought of the EDP showing bias towards the NCC. Why does Mrs Hannam have to write other people’s letters anyway? Derrick Murphy would only resign if he knew the difference between right and wrong, clearly he does not. My question is: How long will County Hall continue putting Harry Potter’s cloak around these people?

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    Honest John

    Wednesday, August 15, 2012

  • KL Borough Council had decided to listen to the electorate and oppose the incinerator. This was after the Tory Party manifesto on localism. Many twin hatters still perused promoting the incinerator at parish councils. This included Janet Murphy and close neighbour Richard Rockcliffe. I can now see towing the party line has its rewards as mentioned Jean Mickleburgh. Problem for them is May County elections. What goes around!

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    Alan Allan

    Monday, August 13, 2012

  • Harry Brown, you seem to be in the know. I have heard about party tricks with a dart board in County Hall but I amagine that comments made by some of the more 'endearing' characters who support Murphy would be very enlightening if made public. I am sure they would prove just how much respect these people have for the public who had considered them fine upstanding citizens until recently!

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    Canary Boy

    Monday, August 13, 2012

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