New deputy leader for Norfolk County Council

The controlling Conservative cabinet at Norfolk County Council has been reshuffled, after the deputy leader and cabinet member for finance and performance decided to stand down from his cabinet role.

Ian Mackie, who represents Thorpe St Andrew, has stepped down from the cabinet due to work commitments.

Bill Borrett takes over as the council's deputy leader while retaining his responsibilities as cabinet member for environment and waste.

Harry Humphrey becomes cabinet member for finance and performance, with Nigel Dixon joining the cabinet to take on the community protection portfolio previously held by Mr Humphrey.

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.

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'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.

'My highlights have to be the way the council has responded to the financial challenge and even in this period still been able to investment to help the local economy and young people, in particular protecting all our libraries, securing better broadband investment, investing heavily in apprenticeships and looked after children in-county care provision.'

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Mr Mackie will remain a county councillor.

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