The leader of Norfolk County Council has pledged the authority will do what it can to help the troubled University of East Anglia - but said that support will not include a financial bail out.

The turmoil at the UEA emerged last month, when it revealed it needed to make £45m of savings in the next three years.

Staff are facing redundancy, while the UEA's vice-chancellor Prof David Richardson has resigned, to be replaced by Prof David Maguire.

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At a meeting of Norfolk County Council, Graham Plant, standing in as leader, said the Conservative authority was ready to help - but not with money.

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He said: "I think the UEA is a key partner and a key element of what makes Norfolk what it is today.

"It has an international reputation and we need to maintain that. We will work, as a county council, with the UEA to help them get wherever they need to go to get over this period they are in.

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"They are in a difficult situation but, with friends' help - and we are a friend of the university - they will get over this situation.

"We will work together with them to ensure they get to a better plan than they are in now.

"Obviously, I cannot promise any individual finances on that score, but we will work with them as we always have in the past."

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His comments came after independent councillor Ed Maxfield, a former UEA student, asked whether the authority was in a position to help.

Mr Maxfield said: "Like many thousands of others, the UEA allowed me to live a life that has been full of opportunities that were not available to members of my family who came before me.

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"Many people will be very worried about what they see reported about UEA's financial position."