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New leader and Cabinet at borough council

Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk Cabinet. Top (left to right): Cllr Kemp, Cllr Parish, Cllr De Whalley, Cllr Moriarty. Bottom row: Cllr Morley, Cllr Beales, Cllr Anota, Cllr Ring & Cllr Squire.

Published: Friday, 19th May 2023

Following the elections held on 4 May, the borough council finds itself in a position of no overall control, with no group gaining enough seats to form a majority administration.

At the Annual Council Meeting on 18 May, it was confirmed, following a vote, that Cllr Terry Parish, Ward Member for Heacham and Leader of the Independent Group, would become leader and would form the administration in partnership with the Liberal Democrat and Green Party groups working closely with the Labour Group.

Terry moved to west Norfolk from Wolverhampton ten years ago and became a parish councillor.  He was elected as ward member for Heacham at a by election in 2016.

Following his election as Leader of the Council, Terry put forward his recommendations for his cabinet, committee and panel positions.

His deputy is Cllr Jim Moriarty – who will also be responsible for the Development and Regeneration portfolio.

The rest of his Cabinet is made up as follows:

Cllr Alex Kemp – People and Communities
Cllr Simon Ring – Tourism, Events and Marketing
Cllr Chris Morley – Finance 
Cllr Alistair Beales – Business
Cllr Michael de Whalley – Climate Change and Biodiversity
Cllr Sandra Squire – Environment and Coastal
Cllr Bal Anota – Property and Corporate Services.

Full details of the makeup of the council will be available on

Cllr Terry Parish, Leader of the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, said:

“I’m looking forward to leading this group, as it embraces not only independent councillors, but also Liberal Democrats and Green party members. We will be working closely with Charles Joyce and the Labour Group.  I have a competent and enthusiastic cabinet who are keen to get involved with addressing our local priorities that will help make west Norfolk healthier and fairer for all”.

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