Norwich City Council appoints its new leader

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Norwich City Council has appointed Brenda Arthur as its new leader.

Ms Arthur succeeds Steve Morphew who stood down this month after leading the authority for five years.

Ms Arthur is a Labour councillor for University ward and for 17 years was chief executive of Age Concern Norwich, now Age UK.

She also worked for the city council as a part-time community worker and activities promoter for the retired, and is a former sheriff of Norwich.

"I am looking forward to taking on the role of leader of the council and am fortunate that while we have tough challenges ahead, the council is in a much better shape now than it was a few years ago," she said.

The deputy leader of the council, run by a minority Labour administration, is Alan Waters.

The annual meeting of the council also saw Jenny Lay chosen as Lord Mayor of Norwich and city publican Chris Higgins appointed as sheriff.

Mr Higgins, 56, who runs The Trafford Arms on Grove Road, told BBC Radio Norfolk: "It's a wonderful honour.

"It's a fantastic year to be holding office, especially due to my support of Norwich City in their Premier League season."

This year's civic charity will be the Big C Family Cancer Support and Information Centre.

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