Colin Noble has vowed to continue in his role as a county councillor despite being sacked from his position on the cabinet.
Councillor Noble, who represents the Row Heath ward, which covers Lakenheath, Holywell Row, Beck Row and Eriswell, was relieved of his duties as Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for finance and property earlier this week.
Despite returning to the back benches Mr Noble, who has been a county councillor since 2006, has made it clear he has no intentions of stepping down.
“It is disappointing that my role at the county council will be from the back benches rather than leading from the front,” said Cllr Noble.
“But I was elected by my residents to represent them at County Hall and I shall continue to do that to the best of my ability.
“With the support of my family, nothing gives me greater happiness than representing my community and I will do that for as long as they want me to.”
News of Cllr Noble’s departure from the cabinet comes just days after it was announced he failed in challenging Mark Bee, current leader of the county council, for his position.
It is understood that Mr Bee held on to his role by just three votes.
“I challenged for the role as leader as it was felt by a number of my colleague that there was a lack of involvement of the wider council in policy creation and there was a sense that we are not tackling the big issues with enough pace,” said Mr Noble.
“The winning post was 20 votes and it is understood he received 21 votes. Mr Bee understands the strong feelings of nearly half the group that things need to change. He has indicated that they will and we wait to see if he will deliver his words.”
Should the vote have fallen in favour of Cllr Noble, whose previous role on the cabinet was the adult and community services member, he has indicated that he would have handed him a position on the cabinet in light of the challenges ahead.
“I stated before hand that if I would have won there would have been a role for Mr Bee on the cabinet because we need experience in senior positions to help drive the immense challenges we have before us,” said Cllr Noble.