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New council leader set to be chosen

PUBLISHED: 15:01 23 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:53 03 March 2010

AS they continue to celebrate Chris Mole's election as the new MP for Ipswich, his colleagues at Suffolk County Council are meeting tomorrow to elect a new group leader.

AS they continue to celebrate Chris Mole's election as the new MP for Ipswich, his colleagues at Suffolk County Council are meeting tomorrow to elect a new group leader.

Mr Mole is leader of the Labour group as well as the county council itself.

Labour councillors are meeting at County Hall tomorrow and they are expected to elect a new group leader to take over the job Mr Mole has held for the last 12 years – he led the Labour group for four years before it joined with Liberal Democrats to form an administration in 1993.

Once the group has a new leader, the full council will have to ratify his or her position as council leader at the full council meeting on December 18.

However that is expected to be little more than a formality.

"I would expect us to ratify their choice as leader, we have worked together over the last eight years," said Liberal Democrat group leader, Peter Monk.

There are six other Labour Party members on the council's executive committee – and the new leader is expected to come from that group.

The two favourites are current deputy leader, Jane Hore, and former Suffolk MEP, David Thomas – who both represent council seats in Lowestoft.

Ipswich councillors Bryony Rudkin and Robin Sargent are thought to be at a disadvantage because Labour members are expected to decide against another leader from the county town.

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