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  • 2014
    • Council is told to ‘buy King’s Lynn incinerator site so it can’t be built’ 29-04-2014

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    • King’s Lynn incinerator win fuels fight against similar Canadian plan 15-04-2014

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    • Norfolk incinerator inquiry sparks criticism from both sides 15-04-2014

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    • Incinerator defeated 14-04-2014

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    • Government department says it is still looking at King’s Lynn incinerator plan 08-04-2014

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    • Norfolk County Council ends King’s Lynn incinerator contract 07-04-2014

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    • Campaigners hail community power as the King’s Lynn incinerator is scrapped 07-04-2014

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    • End it now: MPs urge councillors to kill off King’s Lynn incinerator at extraordinary meeting 29-03-2014

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    • Date set for new council vote on King’s Lynn incinerator 21-03-2014

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    • Minister accused of ‘wholly unreasonable’ delay on King’s Lynn incinerator decision 10-03-2014

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    • Norfolk County councillor quits Labour group in protest at incinerator proposals 27-02-2014

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    • CROSS-PARTY GROUP TO CALL ANOTHER COUNTY COUNCIL EGM TO TERMINATE THE WILLOWS INCINERATOR CONTRACT 13-02-2014

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    • ‘We must scrap the King’s Lynn incinerator’, say councillors 13-02-2014

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    • Government delays planning decision on King’s Lynn incinerator 13-01-2014

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  • 2013
    • Candles burn to stop Incinerator 31-12-2013

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    • Government calls for new comments on King’s Lynn incinerator scheme 06-12-2013

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    • INCINERATOR - ‘Work’ on burner site not worth digging into 14-08-2013

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    • Council puts incinerator decision on back burner 18-06-2013

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    • INCINERATOR - Axe the burner now, Tory councillor demands 16-06-2013

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  • 2012
    • KING’S LYNN INCINERATOR: MP to raise issue of public purse paying for Cory’s legal bill 12-12-2012

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    • Calendar to help King’s Lynn incinerator battle 07-12-2012

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    • KING’S LYNN INCINERATOR: Opening scenes of pre-inquiry 29-11-2012

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Norfolk County councillor quits Labour group in protest at incinerator proposals

27th February 2014 - the following article is reproduced from EDP24

A West Norfolk county councillor has today quit the Labour group to become an Independent.

Alexandra Kemp, county councillor for Clenchwarton and Lynn South, has resigned from the group to join Richard Bird as an Independent.

It means that Labour now has 14 councillors at County Hall, the same as UKIP, with the Tories on 40, LibDem 10, Green 4 and Independent 2.

Ms Kemp said she was quitting because she was not prepared to toe the party line on controversial plans for an incinerator, near King’s Lynn.

She said: “In the Labour group and the Conservative group on the council, they have the whip systems, which means you are forced to vote in a certain way.

“I’m against the proposal for an incinerator near King’s Lynn, but at every meeting, pressure was being put on me by the Labour group not to vote or speak about it, despite it being a key manifesto pledge for me.

“All the people in my division have supported me on it and asked me to fight for them. We are supposed to speak up on their behalf.

“We need to have control over our own fate in west Norfolk. I would like to see the party whip system abolished at County Hall.

“I’m quitting because it got to a point where I felt I could no longer go to the meetings.


“I felt that that the Labour Whip wanted to get rid of me, because I would not toe the party line.

“I wrote to the Leader of the Council George Nobbs to speak to him, but he won’t meet me. George has not spoken to me for about a year, but my door is always open for him.”

She was elected last May for a 4-year term as a county councillor, and her resignation won’t prompt a new election.

As reported, Communities secretary Eric Pickles has yet to make a decision on whether to allow planning permission for the £596m Norfolk incinerator.

Critics of the incinerator have been pushing for the county council to come up with a Plan B, saying it would be cheaper to send it to Suffolk or Amsterdam.

The county council has always said the incinerator is value for money and would save taxpayers millions of pounds a year compared to landfill.

The leader of Norfolk County Council, George Nobbs was unavailable for comment.

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