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Suffolk: Mark Bee retains the leadership of the county council

16:09 10 April 2014

County Council leader Mark Bee

County Council leader Mark Bee

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County council leader Mark Bee has seen off a challenge from cabinet member Colin Noble for the leadership of the Conservative group on the authority.

Members of the 39-strong group re-elected him after a dramatic Annual General Meeting at which the final result of the leadership ballot was believed to be very tight.

The exact number of votes for the two candidates has not been published, but it is understood to have been very close.

And it is understood there was a clear east-west split among councillors at the meeting, which was held behind closed doors.

Mr Noble stood because, he said, some members of the group felt their concerns were not being reflected by the leadership – and because of worries about the close ties that have been built up with Labour-led Norfolk County Council.

The contest was seen as a distraction by many Conservative councillors – and Mr Bee received support from MPs and from most leaders of Tory groups on district councils in Suffolk.

Lisa Chambers was re-elected deputy leader of the group, beating current council chairman Guy McGregor by a much more significant majority than Mr Bee had.

7 comments

  • He must be happy, why not give yourself another pay rise!!!!!

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    Ipswich Man

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • Following the accident prone Jeremy Pembroke, Mark Bee appeared to have done a very good job of steadying the boat. However, under hios leadership Suffolk County Council (plus Local NHS & Police) appears to favour Norwich (and Norfolk) - actively empowering Norwich - over Suffolk’s own regional centre of Ipswich. Either work with and empower greater Ipswich as your regional powerhouse, or cut us loose before you inflict any more damage!

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    Mark Ling

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • SUPPORT IPSWICH

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    m01

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • I still don't understand what the challenge was all about? Did the challenger not think that Mr Bee was running the County's services down fast enough? After all, publicly-funded primary education is already in crisis - how could he have possibly done better - sacked people faster?

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    tgtround

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • @peter waller - it appears that the anterior section has been outsourced to the lowest bidder......... Incidentally, I wonder why we are not permitted to comment on the "beach repairs" story (Fri 11 April)?

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    point du jour

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • What has that man got on his head?!?

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    peter waller

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • It's not far off a Kim Jung Un hairstyle!

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    Robotix

    Friday, April 11, 2014

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