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24 May 2013, 14:18
Cllr George Nobbs, Leader of the Labour Group on Norfolk County Council, has been elected as leader of Norfolk County Council.
Cllr Nobbs, Labour member for Crome division (Norwich), was elected Leader of the Council by 42 votes to 38.
The new Leader announced two immediate Cabinet appointments relating to Children's Services:
Cllr Mick Castle, Labour member for Yarmouth North and Central, is Cabinet Member for Education and Schools.
Cllr James Joyce, Liberal Democrat member for Reepham, is Cabinet Member for Safeguarding.
Cllr Nobbs said the two appointments reflected the importance to Norfolk of making rapid improvements in Children's Services, which was too big a job for a single cabinet member.
The Council then voted 41-38 in favour of a motion proposed by Cllr Toby Coke, Leader of the UKIP Group, seconded by Cllr Richard Bearman, Leader of the Green group to agree in principle to change Norfolk County Council's cabinet system of decision-making to a committee system. Under the current cabinet system most decisions are made by a cabinet comprising up to 10 members of the controlling political grouping. Under a committee system decisions are made by all-party committees with memberships reflecting the overall political makeup of the council (the proportions are set under the Widdicombe rules).