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West Norfolk deputy mayor nomination withdrawn

Candidates for the Norfolk County Council Elections May 2013 ENGANL00120130426153056

Candidates for the Norfolk County Council Elections May 2013 ENGANL00120130426153056

Labour has withdrawn its nomination for the West Norfolk Council deputy mayor position.

The group had put forward Gary Howman for the post. But the ruling Conservatives had put forward Heacham councillor Colin Manning and refused to accept Labour’s urgings to rotate the position between the different parties.

The Lynn News reported last month that ouncil leader Nick Daubney had attacked Labour for trying to politicise the mayoral nominations.

But Labour leader John Collop said it was not acceptable that only Tory councillors were now being nominated to be mayor and deputy mayor.

He said: “We withdrew because we did not want to make the mayor-making ceremony a farce.

“But we are still upset that there have been four mayors and deputy mayors in the four years of this council and they have all come from the ruling group.

“The opposition parties make up a third of the borough council but we have not been allowed to have even one of the eight positions. nominated in that time.”

Mr Howman’s name was withdrawn on Friday ahead of the annual meeting of the council, which will be at the Town Hall in Lynn on Thursday.

Mr Collop said: “I would like to find a different way of doing this because it is not working. The name should be, as it has been in the past, of someone who has contributed to the life of the borough, no matter what their party label.”

 
 
 

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