Simon Partridge new council chairman

The towering 6ft 7in tall figure of Simon Partridge is the new chairman of North Norfolk District Council.He was elected to the council in 2003, having been edged out by just nine votes at the previous poll, and went on to be its leader for four years.

The towering 6ft 7in tall figure of Simon Partridge is the new chairman of North Norfolk District Council.

He was elected to the council in 2003, having been edged out by just nine votes at the previous poll, and went on to be its leader for four years.

A qualified teacher who was an education officer in the Yarmouth area, he now runs a guest house at Catfield with his wife Jane.

Liberal Democrat Mr Partridge took over the chain of the non-political role from Conservative Sue Arnold, and pledged to promote the district during his year in office.

'We must be positive in North Norfolk. We have some strong businesses, communities, voluntary bodies and tourism,' he said.

Vice-chairman is veteran independent member Tom Moore, a farmer from Walsingham who has represented his ward for 39 years, and chaired the council 10 years ago.

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Virginia Gay was re-elected as council leader, with Clive Stockton her deputy. Other cabinet members are Penny Bevan Jones, Graham Jones, Peter Moore, Hilary Nelson, and Eric Seward.

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