Norfolk County Council chooses new leader

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A new leader of Norfolk County Council has been formally elected at a full council meeting.

Bill Borrett received 40 votes with five against and two abstentions after no other name was put forward at the 83-member council.

Mr Borrett's election comes after he was named chairman of the council's majority Conservative group.

He represents the Elmham and Mattishall division and said he did not intend to make any cabinet changes.

He was deputy leader and cabinet member for environment and waste and transformation under former leader Derrick Murphy.

Mr Borrett had acted as leader until formally elected by the Conservative Group last week and then the full council on Monday.

Mr Murphy stepped down after a standards committee found he had brought his office into disrepute and needed to receive ethics training.

Mr Borrett said: "I am honoured and delighted to have my colleagues' trust, confidence and support to lead the group into the May elections.

"This is very much a case of 'business as usual' and the cabinet and I will continue to implement the vision we set out for the authority. "

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