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New leader of Norfolk County Council to continue district leadership role until successor is found

PUBLISHED: 14:00 05 June 2018

Andrew Proctor, new leader of Norfolk County Council, with his deputy Graham Plant. Pic: Neil Perry

Andrew Proctor, new leader of Norfolk County Council, with his deputy Graham Plant. Pic: Neil Perry

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The new leader of Norfolk County Council will continue to lead his own district council until his successor is found.

Andrew Proctor, leader of Broadland District Council, was elected to replace Cliff Jordan as leader of the county council on Friday, after Mr Jordan stepped down for health reasons.

Following an extraordinary meeting of the county council, Mr Proctor immediately took the reins, with Graham Plant - leader of Great Yarmouth Borough Council - serving as his deputy.

It leaves Broadland in a period of transition, with Mr Proctor’s successor still to be determined.

Mr Proctor said: “It was quite unexpected in the way it happened - first being elected leader of the Norfolk Conservative Group then being elected as council leader in one go.

“The timing was not fantastic but I was never just going to walk out of Broadland without making sure there is a plan in place.”

Mr Proctor’s successor is likely to be selected later this month, with the Broadland Conservative Group due to next meet on Saturday, June 23.

Once the group has elected its new leader, a new leader of Broadland District Council will be determined at the next full council meeting, on Thursday, July 12.

Mr Proctor added: “I have no doubts that Broadland is a well run council and there are people here who I know I can rely on and support me in this transitional period.

“It is now all about making sure there is a clear and proper process in place to find my successor.”

Mr Proctor, who was first elected to the district council in 1996 and has been its leader since 2011, also confirmed he had stopped taking his leadership allowances for Broadland with immediate effect.

This means Mr Proctor is serving as leader of two councils while only receiving the allowances for one.

He added he would attend the Broadland Conservative Group meeting on June 23 as a voting member only and that he was not intending to put anybody forward for the role.

Stuart Clancy is currently Mr Proctor’s deputy leader at Broadland.

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