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Tributes paid to former Norfolk County Council leader Cliff Jordan

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Tributes have been paid to former leader of Norfolk County Council, Cliff Jordan.

Councillor Jordan died on Saturday, June 9. He stepped down from the role of council leader three weeks ago after revealing he had been diagnosed with lung cancer.

Current council leader, Cllr Andrew Proctor, has paid tribute to his predecessor.

"Cliff was a brave man with immense fortitude to have gone through what he did and still remain at the helm of Norfolk County Council," said Cllr Proctor

"On behalf of Norfolk County Council, I offer my sincere condolences to his family and friends and our thoughts are with them all at what is a very difficult time."

Cliff Jordan became a councillor for Norfolk County Council in 2001. He became leader of the council’s Conservative group in March 2015 and leader of the county council from May 2016 onwards.

He also served on Breckland District Council from 1991 to 2015. He led the authority from 1998 to 2005.

"Cliff was a big man with a big presence," added Cllr Proctor.

"He had a big heart and was dedicated to everything he did, from his time as leader of Breckland Council and his time as an influential county councillor and ultimately leader, always wanting to drive things forward.

"As a Norfolk man, he had an even bigger passion for Norfolk, his home county. You don’t come across too many people like Cliff in your life."

On Twitter, Alison Thomas, county councillor for Long Stratton and Hempnall, wrote: "Remembering the happy times with my dear friend Cliff ⁦Jordan. I will miss you more than words can say."

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