Tory James Palmer elected first mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

PUBLISHED: 19:17 05 May 2017 | UPDATED: 19:46 05 May 2017

James Palmer speaks for the first time as Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. Also pictured is unsuccessful candidates Julie Howell (Green) and Rod Cantrill (Lib Dem). PHOTO: Seb Pearce

James Palmer speaks for the first time as Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. Also pictured is unsuccessful candidates Julie Howell (Green) and Rod Cantrill (Lib Dem). PHOTO: Seb Pearce

Archant

James Palmer has vowed to do “everything he can to make sure everyone is included in the future of the county” after winning the race to become Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’s first elected mayor.

The Conservative candidate triumphed after a second round, taking 88,826 votes to Liberal Democrats candidate Rod Cantrill’s 67,205. He also saw off the challenge of Labour’s Kevin Price, Independent candidate Peter Dawe, the Green Party’s Julie Howell, English Democrats candidate Stephen Goldspink and UKIP’s Paul Bullen.

The East Cambridgeshire District Council leader will now take charge of an annual budget of £20 million and will have powers to spend up to £800 million on housing, infrastructure and jobs across the county.

He said: “Fairness is something I believe in very strongly and as mayor I aim to make this area a fairer county, with opportunities for all, making sure that everybody gets a chance of apprenticeship schemes and having a skilled job.

“What we have here in Cambridgeshire is almost unique. We have the building blocks of success; we just need someone to put them together.

“I am immensely proud to be the first mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and I will do everything I can to make sure that everybody is included in the future of this county.”

First round results

• James Palmer (Conservative): 76,064

• Rod Cantrill (Liberal Democrats): 47,026

• Kevin Price (Labour): 37,297

• Paul Bullen (UKIP): 15,931

• Julie Howell (Green): 12,628

• Peter Dawe (Independent): 9,176

• Stephen Goldspink (English Democrats): 2,256

Second round results

• James Palmer (Conservative): 12,762

• Rod Cantrill (Liberal Democrats): 20,179

More news stories

Yesterday, 14:00

Wisbech Swimming Club was out in force for the City of Peterborough Swimming Club Last Chance Regional Qualifier gala over the weekend of April 13-15.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

A car was forced onto its roof after the driver clipped a parked car in March yesterday evening (May 25).

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Ely’s annual Etheldreda Craft and Food Fair takes place on Palace Green on Saturday June 2 from 10am to 6pm.

Most read stories

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Wisbech Standard e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Wisbech Standard weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter