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Former West Norfolk councillor's tribute to King’s Lynn borough council leader Ian Stockwell

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I was sad to read of the death of my fellow Honorary Alderman Ian Stockwell. I became a West Norfolk councillor in 1975 barely a year after Local Government Reorganisation in 1974.

At that time much of local government was in a state of flux and members were finding it difficult to reconcile to the new order.

The old borough of King’s Lynn had to come to terms with having six other urban and rural districts participating in governing the new West Norfolk council of 60 members. They had to get to grips with the idea of having a leader of the council, and the leader at that time was somewhat autocratic which caused some difficulties with his adversarial leadership.

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