The new opposition UK Independence Party at Norfolk County Council has picked its new leader - Richard ‘Toby’ Coke.

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The 59-year-old, who represents Gayton and Nar Valley, was selected as the 15-strong group’s leader at a meeting today.

Mr Coke, who is also UKIP’s prospective parliamentary candidate for North West Norfolk, has previously said that his main goal as the councillor for Gayton and Nar Valley is to stop the proposed incinerator at Saddlebow.

On his website, in a pre-election appeal to voters, Mr Coke wrote: “UKIP councillors will fight against the Conservative controlled Norfolk County Council decision to build an incinerator.

“It must be emphasised that UKIP’s long standing manifesto policy of binding local referenda would have ensured that this project would never have got onto the drawing board.

“UKIP does support King’s Lynn Borough Council’s plans to build an anaerobic digestion plant that produces an inert building material with no pollution.”

Speaking to the EDP over the weekend, Mr Coke had also said that: “My other priorities are to lower people’s council tax and business rates.

“The critical thing is to maintain frontline services. Anything to do with diversity, for example, I view as unacceptable to spend taxpayers’ money on.”

Mr Coke said he had not become actively involved in politics until 2009, when David Cameron’s refusal to promise a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty spurred him into action.

He said he joined UKIP because the party was committed to withdrawal from the European Union.

His deputy will be Stan Hebborn, 52, who represents Watton. Mr Hebborn spent 14 years in the RAF, 21 years as a policeman and was chairman of the Surrey Police Federation, before he retired to Watton two years ago.

A part-time manager for an international law firm, Mr Hebborn said it was clear from his campaigning that immigration was a key issue.

Bill Borrett emerged on Saturday as the unopposed leader of the Tories – a position he has held since the demise of former leader Derrick Murphy – as a talked-of leadership challenge failed to materialise.

But he will only become leader of the county council if things go his way at the first full council meeting of the new-look authority next Monday. Labour are set to oppose his leadership.

Labour leader George Nobbs, who led a group of just three ahead of the elections and now has 14 including seven from Norwich, was re-elected by his group yesterday warned the Tories it would not be “business as usual” at County Hall.

The Liberal Democrats chose Dr Marie Strong, from Wells, as their leader and James Joyce as her deputy, while Green group leader Richard Bearman continues in that role.

The make-up of Norfolk County Council is now Conservatives (40), UKIP (15), Labour (14), Liberal Democrats (10), Green Party (4) and Indepdents (1).

36 comments

  • Do be quiet LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE, I dislike UKIP intensely, as far as I am concerned a extreme right wing Tory party that come to to the fore on populist rhetoric are an extremely dangerous group of people. I didn't vote for them and never will.

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    John L Norton

    Monday, May 6, 2013

  • The opposition to the Tories is now more middle-class, white men who are even more Conservative than the current lot!

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    Jono

    Monday, May 6, 2013

  • We are dealing with a serious heavyweight intellectual here. He's going to lower business rates is he? Set by Government and collected by Districts, without a shred of local discretion. Unless he is thinking every one of us should be subsidising business rates? Why not go the whole hog? Why not pay towards their rent, heating and electricity as well? It's going to be a difficult 4 years for service users, residents and staff alike. These upper class clowns, voted in by misguided working class people, are going to cause some serious dfamage.

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    Tom Jeffries

    Monday, May 6, 2013

  • The kippers are everyone's party. nuLabour stopped representing workingclass chaps like myself yonks ago. Blair and his EU rent boy cronies chose purposely to undermine the workingclass, with cheap failed commie labour. Us natives are fighting back through the ballot box....Vote UKip, the peoples party

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    nrg

    Monday, May 6, 2013

  • Hate to say I told you so.

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    Dickens

    Wednesday, May 8, 2013

  • Nice pic of 'Tim, nice but dim'. Shame the 'Indepdents' only got one seat - wonder how the independent candidates did?

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    Thoreauwasright

    Tuesday, May 7, 2013

  • "Mr Hebborn said it was clear from his campaigning that immigration was a key issue" Well that did not take long. Typical UKIP. All they ever say is the EU and immigration. You are in LOCAL politics chum - know the difference.

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    Dickens

    Monday, May 6, 2013

  • Perhaps Mr Cock would like to tell us what proportion of our council tax bills are spent on diversity. I suspect his sums don't add up.........

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    robotsthatcare

    Monday, May 6, 2013

  • Don't talk a load of rubbish nrg, of course they are everyone's party, until they get any kind of power, believe me they are extreme Tories of the worst kind.

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    John L Norton

    Monday, May 6, 2013

  • Having to face being voted out by their supporters, the Lib Dems are now preparing to commit Bushido, giving themselves the coup de grasse. By abstaining on the incinerator, they will be responsible for the continuation of this undemocratic, backward and secretive proposal never discussed or debated at County Hall. The Lib Dems will effectively vote to support the Tory's in their ongoing incivility, against the people. Not to speak of the wishes of their own membership, which was never asked, nationally or locally. Vote Lib Dem, get a Tory incinerator, if you behave and vote with therm that is.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Wednesday, May 8, 2013

  • Jono you sound like a bad loser! just remind us how many votes you got in Holt?

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    Hugh

    Monday, May 6, 2013

  • Labour voters voting for UKIP run by a millionaire and extreme right wing Tory policies .... r u having a larf? Roll on General Election.....goodbye UKIP!

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    Sportswagon

    Monday, May 6, 2013

  • A right wing party with a charismatic leader, appealing to the less savoury elements of the working class and blaming an ethnic group for all the country's problems. Hmmm I wonder if there's a historical precedent?

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    DocOhNo

    Wednesday, May 8, 2013

  • "....Vote UKip, the peoples party ..." UKIP is bank rolled by Stuart Wheeler ....an old Etonian multi-millionaire investment banker who lives in a castle. Follow the money. It never fails. Simples.

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Monday, May 6, 2013

  • Okey Cokey (as he is known in a few circles) has been desperate to get in on some sort of platform for donkeys years. He will do anything to stay there so expect the unexpected. He has the makings of a stalwart council man through and through. Blame those that elected him.

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    Inactive account

    Wednesday, May 8, 2013

  • One wonders what UKIP will want to do first. Pull out of the EU or perhaps come out of the EU or disengage with the EU or refuse to deal with the EU or even boycott the EU ? This should be good for a laugh.

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    Dickens

    Monday, May 6, 2013

  • The problem with the BNP and UKIP is that neither are capable of forming a government or leading the country. Farage has admitted on public record that he has no intention of being PM or running the country.He said he is just a campaigner - and an ‘odd’ one at that (his own words) Why would anyone vote for a party like that.......?

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    Dickens

    Monday, May 6, 2013

  • Without a doubt UKIP need to keep well away from the Tories. They have wrecked this county with their arrant stupidity and the thought that their ridiculous bunch of no hopers that constitute their "Cabinet" could have anything to do with the future of Norfolk makes me cringe. Thank goodness the public has the good sense to get rid of three of them but we are still left with Iffy Cliffy, Borat and the ghastly Alison Thomas who fancies her abilities so much that she hasnt noticed that no-one else thinks she is capable of reading a Janet and Jim book while her finger moves over the words and her lips move while her brow furrows in puzzlement when she hits a two syllable word. Why do you think the Children's Services in Norfolk are the laughing stock of the rest of the country.

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    Electra

    Tuesday, May 7, 2013

  • At a guess Electra - he went into the RAF at 17, 'retired' from that, and into the police. An 'ordinary' policeman can retire at 48 after 30 yrs service, so maybe it's less the higher up one is. Then again, maybe he's done a 'White.' Pig - I doubt Borat has even seen the contract, he certainly didn't sign it, he's just Mike Jackson's puppet!

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    Honest John

    Tuesday, May 7, 2013

  • On Radio Norfolk this morning, Chris Goreham interviewed both Bill Borrett and Toby Coke. Each sounded completely at sea; neither was the least bit impressive. The former is clearly still reeling at losing one third of his colleagues, and the latter is obviously still in a state of shock having discovered that he suddenly has fourteen new colleagues he hardly knows to mould into an effective political group in County Hall. I should never have wanted to see the Conservatives with a continuing overall majority, but I sense that the UKIP group is going to be completely out of its depth for a long time.

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    Nemesis

    Tuesday, May 7, 2013

  • Honest John, I can assure you that Borat signed the contract on behalf of NCC. He has seen the contract, had the opportunity to read it and was briefed on it by his officers. Rumour has it that Borat has sought advice from Norse Chairman, former CEO David White on how to solve the current stalemate at NCC. 'Iffy Cliffy' Jordan is trying to stay out of public view, such as his notoriety become. Other people are waking up to the corrosive impact that he has had on the Tories and local democracy. Jackson can barely string two sentences together.

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    pig in trough

    Tuesday, May 7, 2013

  • The Tories are in serious trouble. They can't distance themselves from the incinerator when they've nominated Mr Incinerator himself for Council Leader. Who signed the contract with Corey Wheelabrator on behalf of NCC? Borat! Who doesn't seem to be recall or understand the terms of that contract? Borat! All UKIP have to do is join Labour and the Liberals in blocking his appointment. Several anti-incinerator Conservative rebels were elected in the West (only Tories left in the West).

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    pig in trough

    Tuesday, May 7, 2013

  • Standard UKIP election strategy is well known. The party identifies with any local issue where feelings run high and they adopt it as a cause and claim that they will do all they can to support the people against the big bad wolf. The same story all over Britain. In one area they were against wind turbines and in another it as a train line and somewhere else it was a large factory, then a road extension, and a lorry park, an abattoir and a housing estate. They have and will say anything they think you want to hear to get elected and then they do nothing mainly due to lack of experience. Most candidates know absolutely nothing about politics or how councils and local government operate. Look out for UKIP. Coming soon to a place (with an issue) near you.

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    Dickens

    Tuesday, May 7, 2013

  • Ooooh, D.ick.ens temper temper! Let's just recap on the quote above shall we? "UKIP councillors will fight against the Conservative controlled Norfolk County Council decision to build an incinerator." Did you get that? A direct quote? Can I post it again as I know it'll send smoke pouring out of your ears... "UKIP councillors will fight against the Conservative controlled Norfolk County Council decision to build an incinerator.". Isn't that a treat? And no amount of your usual mischief will distract anyone away from it. Lovely.

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    User Removed

    Wednesday, May 8, 2013

  • @Hugh - Quadrupled the vote, Hugh. Very happy with that! Not tempted to leave the tory party?

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    Jono

    Monday, May 6, 2013

  • BREAKING NEWS: the Pig has heard from a number of sources that the Liberal Democrats have done a deal to form a coalition with the Tories!!! In return the Liberal Democrats have been given the chairmanship (likely to be Brian Hannah) and a couple of cabinet positiond (expect Marie Strong to take economic development). The Lib Dems have agreed to abstain on John Dobson's incinerator motion on Monday and back Borat as leader. They have betrayed their own supporters in their greed for power! They are the snakes in the grass. Labour is hopelessly split and UKIP are a shambles and won't work with anyone!

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    pig in trough

    Wednesday, May 8, 2013

  • @hugh " why leave the party? when you're always better off with the Conservatives." is that why there are so many food banks sprouting up everywhere ?

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    MrB

    Tuesday, May 7, 2013

  • Why would anyone vote for a party like that? Why would anyone vote for one of three almost identical parties all proven prevaricators & liars, one of whom almost bancrupt the country, serial expense fiddlers all of them, criminals, con men & perverts, none willing to listen to anything the electorate say, you certainly have your head where the sun don't shine!

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    cameodel

    Monday, May 6, 2013

  • Has anyone noticed that Mr Hebborn local deputy leader of UKIP has had at least 35 years of work and at least two years of retirement. Yet he is 52 years old. Shurely shome mistake!

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    Electra

    Tuesday, May 7, 2013

  • @Jono why leave the party? when your always better off with the Conservatives.

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    Hugh

    Monday, May 6, 2013

  • Dickens, I say old bean, us kippers plan to operate very much how Norway do. The millions from the other failed commie states will have go and look for benefits,housing and work elsewhere..China or Japan has a greater aging population population,plus a much healthy economy to find work.

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    nrg

    Monday, May 6, 2013

  • Mr. Coke's goals are commendable but could there be something better than MBT for waste,i.e. a process that deals with our landfill legacy and the accruing charges for it.? The APP system does that and it is British technology, a plant would cost roughly 23 of what's allocated to this bad solution and be a way forward for Norfolk and for Britain's export industry. How can we export a product we do not use ourself?

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Tuesday, May 7, 2013

  • Just enough time to grow a toothbrush moustache.

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    Dickens

    Friday, May 10, 2013

  • The anti EU leader of UKIP has drawn over £4 million from the very thing he claims to despise and continues to claim expenses and a very handsome pay package each month. He currently pockets around £64,000 per year plus expenses. He enjoys regular trips back and forth from Europe (paid by the EU) and returns to his luxury UK home where his German wife looks after their children. His family originate from the Ardennes region that straddles FrenchBelgian border yet he has been outspoken against and mocked his ancestral homeland for many years. He admits to being an ‘odd politician’ and not surprising has also said publicly that he has no desire whatsoever to become Prime Minister and lead the country. Why would anyone vote for his party in these circumstances……? One wonders what on earth this man has formed a political party for and what he is playing around at ? It would appear he is the same as all other politicians…………Nothing ‘odd’ just the normal run of the mill stuff.

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    Dickens

    Tuesday, May 7, 2013

  • So immigration isnt a local issue, I guess lack of jobs, Doctors, Dentists, houses etc are all national issues, I do read some toffee on my travels!

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    cameodel

    Monday, May 6, 2013

  • The usual scaremongering r-acist rubbish from nrgnorton

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Monday, May 6, 2013

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