West Norfolk councillor backed over quit decision

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Politicians in West Norfolk have united in support of county councillor Alex Kemp following her decision to quit the Norfolk County Council Labour group last week.

Miss Kemp, who represents the Clenchwarton and Lynn South division, announced her decision to resign on Thursday in protest at what she claims is bullying by party officials over her stance against the Lynn incinerator.

The group leadership have not commented on the claims, but there was universal support for Miss Kemp’s stance at West Norfolk’s council meeting on Thursday evening.

Responding to a question from Labour councillor Charles Joyce, who asked whether she should continue to campaign against the Saddlebow scheme, cabinet member Alistair Beales agreed and said: “I find it extraordinary the situation she’s found herself in.”

A councillor from the opposition benches replied: “So do we.”

Meanwhile, North West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham has also paid tribute to Miss Kemp’s work.

“She has been incredibly brave and it is disgusting how the Labour party has treated her. I look forward to carrying on working with her.”