Former Breckland leader announces he will stand for position again

Leader of Breckland Council William Nunn. Picture: Ian Burt

Leader of Breckland Council William Nunn. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: IAN BURT

A former leader of Breckland Council who quit the position three years ago has announced he is standing for it again after his successor resigned.

Conservative William Nunn has put himself forward to be leader once more having previously served from 2005 to 2013.

His announcement comes after the resignation of Michael Wassell on March 11. Mr Wassell stood down due to 'personal and private reasons', having taken over from Mr Nunn in 2013.

Mr Nunn, who lives in North Lopham and is councillor for the Forest ward, said he was approached by fellow Conservative members who urged him to stand.

He said he had previously quit the role due to fatigue, and promises made to his family, but had been reinvigorated by recent developments at the council.

'Initially I was adamant I wouldn't stand, but the more I saw what was going on and the excitement around the change that is happening, the more I was interested.

'I think I've got useful ideas and knowledge to assist the council going forward,' he said.

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The leadership vacancy comes as the issue of devolution is high on the agenda.

Mr Nunn said his continued work with the Local Government Association (LGA) had strengthened his hand, with many councillors concerned over how the situation will develop.

'Devolution is going to be a much bigger challenge than we have faced in the past,' he said.

'There's been some concern about where we are with it, and I think people are sceptical about a united Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire situation.'

He added his support for Mr Wassell, and wished him and his family well.

He is now hoping to be nominated at the Conservative group meeting next Tuesday, before being formally selected at full council on March 31.

No other councillors have formally announced they are set to stand at this point.

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