North Lopham resident says he’s ‘ready to lead’ Breckland Council again

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A former leader of Breckland district council has said he wants the job back, three years after he stood down.

William Nunn, a North Lopham resident who was first elected to the council in 1995, announced his wish to return to the position in a social media post this week.

On the basis there was a vacancy I felt I was one of the right people to put themselves forward for the council and the group to select because of the huge agenda item coming up, being devolution

William Nunn

The move came with just a few days left before councillors choose a successor to the authority’s current leader, Michael Wassell.

In a Twitter message last Tuesday, he said: “I am very happy to announce that I am standing for Leader of Breckland Council following @CllrMWassell resignation.”

And he told the Diss Express this week he would bring “experience” and a “different perspective” to the role, citing his work as a regional Conservative peer.

“I am again ready to lead the council. I was leader from 2005 to 2013 and took two-and-a-half years out and since I was last leader, much has changed at local and national level,” he said.

“On the basis there was a vacancy I felt I was one of the right people to put themselves forward for the council and the group to select because of the huge agenda item coming up, being devolution.

“I believe I have some of the necessary skills to assist the council going forward with this agenda, which I believe will be an exciting one.

Mr Nunn also revealed he had been elected as Conservative Group leader on Tuesday.

Mr Wassell announced his intention to stand down earlier this month, citing “personal and private reasons.” He has said he will continue to serve as a councillor for the Watton ward.

Mr Nunn is the only councillor to have publicly stated their intention to seek the role.

The new leader will be formally chosen at the council’s meeting tomorrow.