Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 11°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Suffolk: Council leaders enter leadership battle

09:00 03 April 2014

Suffolk Coastal council leader Ray Herring.

Suffolk Coastal council leader Ray Herring.

Paul Nixon Photography 07904296577

Conservative council leaders in two districts have written to county councillors in their area urging them to support Mark Bee in his fight to remain in charge at Endeavour House.

shares

Mr Bee is being challenged for the leadership of the Conservative group by fellow cabinet member Colin Noble – whom he beat decisively in the leadership election for the group in 2011.

Other council leaders have expressed disappointment at the leadership battle that has engulfed their Conservative colleagues just weeks before they are due to fight vital European elections.

Waveney Council leader Colin Law and his Suffolk Coastal colleague Ray Herring have sent e-mails to all Conservative county councillors in their districts.

Mr Law says: “I would ask you to think very carefully when it comes to placing your vote. Mark has brought a stabilising influence to the council since he took over the leadership in 2009, at difficult times like all authorities are facing it is important to be united behind the leader.

“To put all the hard work which is being done in jeopardy would be a retrograde step and would be totally divisive.

“Please support Mark at the group AGM and not hand the opposition the opportunity to ridicule and point a finger at a group in turmoil.”

Mr Herring says: “No doubt the Labour Party and UKIP are finding the current situation particularly encouraging as we approach the Euro Elections in a few weeks time and the District Council and General Elections just around the corner in 2015.”

Their letters were backed up by the leader of the opposition Conservative group on Ipswich Council Liz Harsant.

She said: “I find the whole situation unbelievable. Mark is doing a fantastic job at the county and is admired by the business community and everyone who deals with the council. I hope he wins decisively to stop this kind of thing once and for all.”

Babergh council leader Jennie Jenkins said she would not be writing to her members – however she had rung them to say this was the wrong time for a contest.

“The timing of this is very bad for the party – especially for us in South Suffolk who are still going to have to go through the process of selecting an MP after the European elections.

“I cannot see why it is necessary to have this contest now.”

Mr Noble is a member of Forest Heath council, whose leader James Waters is also a county councillor.

He said: “We see things a bit differently on this side of the county. The important thing from our point of view is that there are two excellent candidates and whoever wins, I’m sure the group will come together as a united party in the future.”

shares

0 comments

The scene at Uncle Sam's Great American Circus in Chantry Park after the incident

Two circus performers were rushed to hospital after a horror accident in front of a packed big top tent in Ipswich.

The annual East Bergholt Pram Race starts from the Royal Oak and visits the villages pubs

Thrilled East Bergholt residents turned out in force on Monday to see daring fundraisers dress up in their best costumes and battle in the 35th annual Pram Race.

Anglo-Saxons are at the Beerhouse in Bury St Edmunds to try a new beer which has been brewed for an upcoming event at West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village. Back L-R: Dave Elliott, Nigel Simms, Alister Ryde with Demeter Stone (front).

Stunned beer festival-goers looked on in amazement as a group of Anglo-Saxon warriors invaded their pub.

Haverhill High Street

A vision for Haverhill town centre will move a step
nearer this week when it is presented to cabinet members at St Edmundsbury Borough Council.

Dame Sarah Storey at Bury St Edmunds SportsAid Lunch Club. Suffolk Golf and Spa Hotel, Fornham St Genevieve.

Six-times Paralympian, Dame Sarah Storey, has hailed the efforts of the businesses behind a sporting lunch club in Bury St Edmunds as “invaluable” in helping the development of talented athletes from Suffolk.

The LeeStock music festival at Melford Hall in Long Melford in memory of Lee Dunford. The Big Alabama on stage.

Hundreds of people have enjoyed live music this weekend at a popular festival in memory of a young musician.

The lifeboat was called to the incident

The coastguard was called to help a boat which had run aground in the River Deben earlier this evening.

Police were at the scene

The A120 in Little Bentley, Essex is closed heading westbound after a crash.

St Edmundsbury and Forest Heath councils have been urged to fine irresponsible dog owners for not picking up after their pets

St Edmundsbury and Forest Heath councils have been criticised after it was revealed neither has issued a fine for dog fouling over the last three years.

Police were at the scene

The A1214 Valley Road in Ipswich is blocked in both directions after a crash involving two cars.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages