Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 8°C

min temp: 5°C


Suffolk: Second cabinet member sacked after failed leadership challenge

08:00 16 April 2014

Richard Smith has been sacked from Suffolk County Council

Richard Smith has been sacked from Suffolk County Council's cabinet.


A second county council cabinet member has been sacked after last week’s challenge to the leadership of Mark Bee.


Cabinet member for planning Richard Smith, who proposed Colin Noble in his challenge for Mr Bee’s position, was removed from the cabinet during a meeting at Endeavour House.

He said: “It was not brutal. I had a meeting with Mark and there were no raised voices, but he made it clear I would no longer be in the cabinet.

“I would have thought that as Mark Bee has such a narrow victory he would reach out to us, but he does not see it that way.”

He sent a message to other councillors saying: “I have worked hard over the last ten-and-a-half months and greatly enjoyed the work. It is for others to decide whether I enjoyed any success in the post, but I did enjoy the challenge it offered.

“I have no regrets whatsoever in proposing and supporting Colin Noble’s candidature and realise that I have paid the price for being on the side which narrowly lost.

“I want to pay a warm tribute to Anne Gower who has served as my Deputy and had been a tower of strength and wisdom to me.”

Mr Smith and Mr Noble were the only members of the cabinet not to support Mr Bee and both have paid with their jobs.

The other five cabinet members wrote letters to members of the Conservative group urging them to support Mr Bee in his battle for re-election.

A full cabinet restructuring is expected to be announced by Mr Bee after the Easter break.



Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ipswich Star visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ipswich Star staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ipswich Star account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Humber Doucy Lane, Ipswich.

A couple aged in their 70s were injured during a robbery at an Ipswich home.

Izzy Alder

Concern is growing for an 18-year-old woman who left her home to go to school this morning but did not arrive.

The Lighthouse project in Ipswich is celebrating its 40th anniversary.Ali Jordan and Ursula Burrows in a meeting.

There is a collage on the wall of messages from women who have been helped by Lighthouse Women’s Aid in Ipswich, formerly known as Ipswich Women’s Aid.

The police investigation centre in Martlesham.

One woman was taken to hospital and 20 other people into police custody today after they were discovered in a lorry container.

Government cuts could make the regular inspection of our waterways harder

This Government has been very keen to talk up its “difficult choices”.

Abellio Greater Anglia has warned that the services are expected to be disrupted until 7pm.

Trains between Norwich and London Liverpool Street may be delayed by up to 40 minutes.

Christmas shoppers at Tower Ramparts - soon to become Sailmakers

When are your favourite Suffolk stores open in the days before Christmas, over the bank holidays and during the New Year period?

Man who appeared drunk in Sudbury taken to hospital.

A man was taken to hospital after he was seen staggering in a road in Sudbury.

You could win an Apple Watch by 8pm tonight

Yesterday Diana Vincent, of Kesgrave, won an Apple Macbook Air after entering a competition in the Ipswich Star.

Margaret Broom and Peter Talbot look at the memorabilia during the Ipswich Salvation Army's 131st birthday celebrations.

The Ipswich branch of the Salvation Army marked its 131st anniversary with a dedicated weekend of celebrations.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages

Local business directory

Suffolk's trusted business finder

Property search

e.g. Oxford or NW3
Powered by Zoopla

Digital Edition

Read the Ipswich Star e-edition today E-edition

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24