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New council leader officially appointed in annual meeting

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West Norfolk Council officially appointed its new leader yesterday.Alistair Beales was sworn in after councillors voted in favour of the appointment during an annual general meeting on Thursday.Cllr Beales first announced his intentions to challenge former leader Cllr Terry Parish in April and said he thought he had the “political experience” and “track record” of working with key figures to secure the best deal for the authority.

Alistair Beales has been appointed as the new leader of West Norfolk Council

He has pledged to work “constructively” with Labour and Conservative members.Cllr Parish became the leader in May last year after our local elections, heading up the first non-Conservative administration in West Norfolk in two decades.Since then, Cllr Beales has served in his cabinet as executive member for business.

Cllr Beales was appointed as leader of West Norfolk Council at the AGM on Thursday

Cllr Beales officially started his new position on Monday but was ratified as the new council leader at the meeting yesterday.Cllr Parish previously expressed his disappointment in not continuing his leadership run and said it was his intention to stand down as leader from May 2025.

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