Controversy over a row between rival council leaders in Norfolk involving plans for an incinerator at Kings Lynn has intensified.
An investigation by Norfolk County Council found that the leader, Derrick Murphy, was responsible for trying to get a BBC journalist to ask West Norfolk Council leader Nick Daubney awkward questions about the proposed incinerator.
The council report concluded that Murphy told a political assistant to brief the reporter about a a leadership challenge at King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Council. He also pointed out the failure of that council’s procurement for an alternative technology to the EfW plant, in advance of the reporter’s planned programme about Cory Wheelabrator’s waste facility at Saddlebow.
Norfolk County Council’s head of human resources and organisational development Anne Gibson said: “The political assistant acted on the leader’s wishes.”