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


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


  • A number of people have raised the question as to why a significant number of working-class people are voting Tory or considering voting Tory in England, including in Fenland. The massive majorities for Tory candidates Steve Tierney and Samantha Hoy for the two county council seats in Wisbech are a good example of working-class people voting Tory. I think one of the principle reasons for this is the rise of nationalism as a consequence of the Brexit referendum. Nationalism is not a progressive force. It can be very reactionary. It creates the illusion that we all - rich and poor - have a common interest in our country. It cuts across and undermines class issues. In England, we have a fervour of right wing nationalism following Brexit. It is so rampant it has caused some working-class people to lose sight of their own self-interest and to considering voting for a party that has done or will do dreadful things to them. If Labour and the left are to have any chance in the general election we have to reassert class politics. We need to bring home to people there is no common interest between capital and labour in any country. In the UK, the Tories want to use Brexit to increase exploitation with the country becoming a tax haven with cheap labour and few rights. JOHN SMITHEE Wisbech

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    John Smithee

    Sunday, May 7, 2017

  • nobody has ever explained to me exactly what a mayor does, why it's important to have one and how his wages can be justified in a time of Tory austerity. I'm utterly gobsmacked that the Tories are winning things at all. Why are ordinary people voting for the ToryUKIP alliance? DO people actually *want* no NHS, zero hours contracts, benefit sanctions, seriously disabled people deemed 'cured' and able to work even if they are terminally ill? Do they *want* their children to grow up and live with them forever because there are no decent homes to rent, their elderly parents forced to work until they drop because there is no pension even though they paid into it all their lives? What sort of masochists would vote Tory? I would *urge* people who aren't wealthy, for the love of your family, come the general election, vote Labour, and don't believe the lies you read in the SunExpressMail . And if you don't normally vote at all, do so this time, for the sake of all of us.

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    Sunday, May 7, 2017

  • So another level of administration comes into the mix, presumably the money for this position and the attendant hangers on will take money from other priorities. What the new mayor needs to do, in my opinion, is declare his aims at an early stage and only get paid on his results. As he needs to live, I suggest until his work is assessed and he gets an appraisal, that he receives the National Minimum Wage, and only gets his full salary once his results are judged to have been a success.

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    Saturday, May 6, 2017

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