Murphy quits top group role

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The former leader of Norfolk County Council has stepped down as leader of the council’s Conservative group after being found guilty of breaching the Members’ Code of Conduct.

Derrick Murphy appeared in front of the council’s Standards Committee last Friday to face seven claims of breaching the code of conduct in relation to an email sent to BBC Radio Norfolk in April 2012 by his political assistant, Kevin Vaughan.

Mr Murphy was found to have committed one breach of section 5 of the code and emailed Conservative group members that evening to confirm he would be quitting as leader and chairman.

The committee imposed three sanctions, including a letter of censure being sent, a report being made to full council and Mr Murphy undergoing training in ethics and standards.