Councillors form Independent group

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Two West Norfolk politicians have joined forces to form a new independent grouping within Norfolk County Council, it has been announced this week.

The group is made up of Alexandra Kemp, who represents the Clenchwarton and Lynn South division, and North Coast councillor Richard Bird, from Hunstanton.

Miss Kemp, who has been named as the group’s leader, announced that she would sit as an independent after she resigned from the authority’s Labour group last week in protest at its leadership’s handling of the Lynn incinerator project.

She insisted that she would stand by the manifesto commitments on which she was elected, including continued opposition to the Saddlebow development.

But she claimed that the group would be able to speak up for its residents more effectively without party pressures.

In a statement released yesterday, she said: “ We are a party of equals.

“We have no party whip so we can speak up for the areas we represent freely. This is what people want and expect.”

The membership of council panels and committees is now set to be reviewed later this month following the formation of the new group.