Local MP pays tribute to former County Council Leader and local Conservative Agent

Henry has paid tribute to the late Derrick Murphy, the former Norfolk County Council Leader and local Conservative Agent who sadly died over the weekend.

Commenting Henry said: “This news came as a great shock and I would like to pass on my heartfelt condolences to Derrick’s widow, Janet who is very much in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.”

“Derrick was a brilliant academic and military historian, and shortly after coming to King’s Lynn he got involved in local Conservative politics. Indeed, he was my agent in the 2005 General Election when we trebled the Conservative majority; he was then agent for the Borough Council election in 2007 when we had an all-time record result. Derrick stood himself for the previously safe Labour ward of Gaywood Park which he managed to win for the first time in our history. He then joined the Borough Council Cabinet, before being elected to the County Council in 2009. Elected in the Freebridge ward he was rapidly promoted and in 2011 became Leader of the Council.”

“Of course, his time there will be overshadowed by the Saddlebow Incinerator saga. It is fair to say we took strongly opposed positions on this. This was also a very difficult time for Derrick in his own ward of Freebridge where the project was deeply unpopular.”

“However, I want to remember the really good times I had with Derrick and his wife Janet, and I am sure he will also be remembered for the countless number of constituents who he assisted during his time on both councils. I also know that he will be remembered in County Hall for his dynamism and drive – indeed during his two years as leader he presided over a number of major successes, including the Council’s role in the A11 Dualling; the introduction of the Armed Forces Covenant across the County; and for helping make Norfolk one of the first dementia friendly counties.”

“Above all, he was a politician of principal, who was never afraid to stand up for what he believed was right.”