Andrew Proctor and Graham Plant – photos supplied by Norfolk CC
Andrew Proctor has been elected leader of Norfolk County Council, at a special meeting today.
Councillor Proctor, who has been county councillor for Blofield and Brundall since 2009, was elected by the full council this afternoon.
Cllr Proctor said: “I’m honoured to be elected as council leader and I want to carry on the good work that’s been started already. I wish Cliff Jordan and his family well for the future.
“The most important thing is we have got to continue to work for the whole of Norfolk and delivering our manifesto pledges on which we were elected.
“I will take a team approach, drawing on the talents and expertise and experience of my group.”
Cllr Proctor is currently leader of Broadland District Council. He said he would stand down from that position shortly, once arrangements had been made.
Councillor Graham Plant is the new deputy leader. He said he would continue to service as leader of Great Yarmouth Borough Council.
At the same meeting, outgoing deputy leader, Councillor Alison Thomas, paid tribute to Cliff Jordan, who stood down as council leader last month, due to ill-health.
Andrew Proctor will want to move his Conservative Group on from the controversy surrounding their decision to award themselves a large increase in councillor allowances at a time of unprecedented levels of service cuts forced onto the County Council by the Tory Government.