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Drink-drive councillor back in Tory fold

PUBLISHED: 15:55 06 October 2008 | UPDATED: 10:42 12 July 2010

A councillor who was last week disqualified from motoring after admitting drinking and driving has been allowed back into the Norfolk County Council Conservative group.

A councillor who was last week disqualified from motoring after admitting drinking and driving has been allowed back into the Norfolk County Council Conservative group.

Council leader Daniel Cox said Stella Rice would continue to serve as a member for Long Stratton but would not be reinstated in her role as deputy cabinet member for adult social services.

Rice, 50, of Semere Green Lane, Dickleburgh, was disqualified from driving for two years and given a 12-month supervision order when she appeared before magistrates at Swaffham on Tuesday after pleading guilty to driving with excess alcohol.

She was also told to complete a drink-drivers' programme and pay £60 in court costs.

Before the case was heard, Rice was suspended from Tory groups on both South Norfolk Council and the county council. But Mr Cox said that at a meeting on Friday a decision had been made to reinstate her into the county council Conservative group with immediate effect.

He said: “She has received a sentence from a judge and will have to serve a lengthy ban, but at the same time she a Conservative councillor serving the people of Long Stratton and we have to bear that in mind.”

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