Devo may see mayor for Norfolk and Suffolk

Norfolk and Suffolk could have a joint mayor under plans apparently now under consideration by the Government.

Previously, Whitehall had been pushing an ‘East Anglian Powerhouse’ where one mayor would represent, Norfolk, Suffolk and all of Cambridgeshire.

But that has met stout resistance , not least in Cambridgeshire.

Councillors there had said they would be happier with a mayor for Cambridgshire and the unitary authority in Peterborough.

Minister Greg Clark came to the region on Monday and met with Norfolk County Council leader Cliff Jordan and Suffolk County Council leader Colin Noble for discussions.

Mr Clark is reported to have met with Chancellor George Osbourne on Tuesday to get him to agree to the “brother and sister” deal with separate mayors for Cambridgeshire and Norfolk/Suffolk.

The two mayors would have to agree to work closely together on strategic matters.

But Sir Henry Bellingham, MP for North West Norfolk, said he remained opposed to an elected mayor, whatever constituency he is given.

“It is a shambles,” he said. “but to give the Government some credit, at least they would have listened a bit. i say yes, to devolution but no to an elected mayor.”