Removal of Norwich City Councillors: Green statement
Norwich Green Party Statement on the removal of City Councillors
Samir Jeraj, acting Leader of the Norwich Green Party City Councillors, today issued a statement on Monday's High Court ruling to remove 13 City Councillors:
"Monday's ruling to remove one third of Norwich City Councillors without setting a date for the election of new ones is the worst possible outcome for the people of Norwich and for democracy. This situation is testament to the completely inept way in which the plan for a unitary authority has been approached.
"It is outrageous that so many voters will have to suffer the effects of a weakened Council as a result of legal ruling to remove a third of the Council; contrary to common sense. On the other hand, the fact that the Greens are now joint first place on the City Council shows how close Norwich Greens are to becoming the first Green controlled Council in the country. Norwich Green Party thanks outgoing Councillors for their dedication and hard work. The Council and its Councillors have been left in an extremely difficult position by this but Green Councillors will continue to represent their constituents as best they can under the circumstances. We hope that fresh elections will be held as soon as is reasonably practical."
 Four Green Party Councillors have been lost as a result of the decision. Labour has lost 6, Lib Dems 2 and Conservatives 1. The total number of Councillors of each party is now Labour 9, Green 9, Lib Dem 4, Conservative 4.
 The leader of the Green group, Claire Stephenson is one of the people to have been removed. Claire was also chair of the Council scrutiny committee. Samir Jeraj is now acting as Leader. A deputy will be appointed on Monday.