1. ITV Report

Tributes paid to former Norfolk County Council Leader

Former Norfolk County Council Leader Cliff Jordan has died at the age of 73.

His death comes just three weeks after he stood down as Council Leader, following a diagnosis of lung cancer.

Cliff Jordan Credit: ITV Anglia

When he stepped down he issued a statement thanking everyone for their support:

“I would like to thank each and every one of you for your dedication, support and friendship over my time serving in local government. During this time the Conservatives have achieved great things and I look forward to watching the seeds that we have sown grow and prosper to make Norfolk the best it can be. I step 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."

– Cliff Jordan speaking when he stepped down from Norfolk County Council

Mr Jordan had been a councillor since 1991 - first on Breckland District Council and then, from 2001, on the County Council.

He became leader of the County Council’s Conservative group in March 2015 and Leader of the County Council from May 2016 onwards.

Councillor Andrew Proctor was elected his successor 10 days ago.

“It was very sad news to hear that Cliff had passed away just over three weeks from when he told everyone how ill he was. A brave man with immense fortitude to have gone through what he did and still remain at the helm of Norfolk County Council. 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 was a big man with a big presence. 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. You don’t come across too many people like Cliff in your life. He spoke his mind and, whilst everyone didn’t always agree with him, he was respected. Having known Cliff for well over 20 years, although not always agreeing with him, I know he will be a sad loss to Norfolk politics and to Norfolk itself.”

– Councillor Andrew Proctor

Cliff Jordan died at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital yesterday afternoon surrounded by his family.

Messages of condolence can be sent to the leader’s office, County Hall, Martineau Lane, Norwich, NR1 2DH and they will be passed on to Mr Jordan’s family.