Norfolk County Council Leader Steps Down After Complaint

The leader of Norfolk County Council Derrick Murphy has stepped down after complaints were made about his conduct.

Mr Murphy said he wants to concentrate his efforts on fighting a forthcoming Standards Committee hearing into complaints brought against him.

The date of the Standards Committee hearing will be confirmed as soon as possible but is expected to be within a matter of weeks.

In line with the constitution, the Deputy Leader, Councillor Bill Borrett will be Acting Leader until such time as a new Leader is appointed by Council. This will happen in due course.

In a statement to County Councillors Mr Murphy said: “I am writing to inform you that it is my intention to step down as Leader of the County Council until the Standards Committee hearing takes place into complaints against me which were highlighted in the Eastern Daily Press on 8 January 2013.

“The hearing is likely to take place within weeks but has yet to be finalised.

“As you may imagine my preparation for the Standards Committee hearing is taking a considerable amount of my time and attention at a time in the year when as leader I should be focused on working with my Cabinet to prepare for the 2013 Budget. It is my hope and expectation that I will clear my name and return to the position as Leader, but in the meantime, I am standing down as Leader of the County Council with immediate effect for what I regard as a temporary period of absence.”

Recently Played Tracks

On Radio: Club Classics with Roberto

9pm - 1am

Email the show

Text 'HEART' to 82122

Club Classics with Roberto

On TV: Christmas Hits: Guess The Year

9pm - 11pm

Watch heart TV

  • Gabrielle Aplin The Power of Love

    22:39

    iTunes

  • Jona Lewie Stop The Cavalry

    22:36

    iTunes

  • Spice Girls Goodbye

    22:32

    iTunes

  • Pretenders 2000 Miles

    22:29

    iTunes

Heart VIP

Local

Autumn Weather

Find your local four day weather report here.

Listening To Radio Win With Heart

Make Heart the soundtrack to your day and you could be a winner with great prizes up for grabs throughout the day.

Follow Heart on Twitter