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New leader for Suffolk Tories

Matthew Hicks
Matthew Hicks

Conservative councillors have voted for Matthew Hicks to replace Colin Noble as their leader.

The 52-strong group took the vote last Friday but a further vote is needed at the council's Annual General Meeting on May 24 to elect him as council leader, after which, if approved, he will choose his cabinet.

Cllr Noble, member for Row Heath, has been group leader since 2015.

Cllr Hicks, the councillor for Thredling in Mid Suffolk District, said today: "I want to thank Colin Noble for all he has done. He has a great work ethic and he has been a positive influence across Suffolk.

"The group has now made a decision and Colin remains leader of the council until the Annual General Meeting.

"I am extremely excited to have been elected by the group and we have a lot to do and look forward to the Annual General Meeting."

He will not reveal policies until after the meeting, but when announcing his leadership challenge he said he wanted to unit the Conservative group and run a more inclusive council.

He added: "The leader's role is not to dominate but to motivate and to work corroboratively with the group and even on occasions with the opposition.

"Sometimes the opposition comes up with good policies, so let's be in a position to welcome and adopt their ideas if they make sense."