Cliff Jordan

Norfolk County Council’s leader, Cliff Jordan, is standing down from his role with immediate effect, due to serious ill-health.

In a personal statement issued last Friday he said: “Yesterday, I received the devastating news that I have been diagnosed with lung cancer.

“Following this I have come to a decision that I will be stepping down from my role as leader of Norfolk County Council and as a county councillor to concentrate on my treatment and recovery.”

The county council’s deputy leader Alison Thomas will serve as acting leader until a full council meeting is held to elect Mr Jordan’s successor.

The next full council is due to take place on July 23.

Mr Jordan has been a councillor since 1991. He became leader of the county council’s Conservative group in March 2015 and leader of the county council from May 2016 onwards.