Norfolk County Council's leader has announced he is standing down with immediate effect - because he has lung cancer.
Cliff Jordan said he had received the diagnosis yesterday (Thursday May 18) following months of health issues.
He thanked his colleagues for their "dedication, support and friendship over my time serving in local government" and said he was stepping down "safe in the knowledge that we have charted the right course and I know that you will continue to share my vision for doing what’s best for the people of Norfolk".
Mr Jordan has been a councillor in Norfolk since 1991 and was elected on to the county council in 2001. He has been leader of the Conservative group since March 2015 and leader of the authority since May 2016.
He has had to oversee £125m of savings from the council budget.
Mr Jordan's fellow Tory councillor deputy leader Alison Thomas will take over in the short term. A council meeting is due to take place to elect his successor.
Mrs Thomas said Mr Jordan had become one of her closest friends during her three years as his deputy.