Attempt to oust Mark Bee as county council leader fails

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An attempt to oust the leader and deputy leader of Suffolk’s controlling Conservative group failed today.

In separate ballots at their annual meeting, the county council’s 39-strong Conservative group voted to retain Mark Bee, who represents Beccles, as leader and Red Lodge councillor Lisa Chambers as deputy.

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The three-year leadership of Mark Bee was challenged by Row Heath division (West and Beck Row area) councillor and cabinet member for finance Colin Noble.

He was seconded by Forest Heath Council leader and Mildenhall county councillor James Waters.

Cllr Noble said he put his name forward after a ‘number of members expressed their concerns at our focus and determination to drive forward our manifesto pledges’.

Cllr Bee, who had called the move ‘a kick in the teeth’, said after the vote: “I’m really delighted that the group have shown their confidence in reelecting me .

“We must put this behind us as a group.

“It’s about tackling the things that matter to the county.”

He would not reveal numbers, but said he had won by ‘an overwhelming majority’.

Lisa Chambers’ position had been challanged by former cabinet member Guy McGregor, for Hoxne and Eye,