The leader of Cambridge City Council called for Mayor James Palmer to be more open about the selection process that saw a Conservative county councillor propelled into a £100,000 directorship role at the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority.
Mayor James Palmer was accused of running “an old boys club” ollowing my revelation that a Tory county councillor and Cambridge graduate has been offered a £100,000 a year directorship at the combined authority.
A Tory county councillor and former British diplomat is set to force a by election after only a year in office to take on a £100,000 directorship of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority.
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Mayor James Palmer met with Chancellor Philip Hammond to press the case for “significant investment” in the region - including the dualling of the A47, removing the rail infrastructure bottleneck around Ely and improving the A14.
A scrutiny committee set up to examine the work and actions of Conservative mayor James Palmer and the Conservative controlled combined authority fell apart on Friday after it was boycotted by Conservative councillors.
A high profile plea has been made to the Prime Minister to fast track a train station so people can travel directly to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, the New Royal Papworth Hospital and the BioMedical campus.
Mayor James Palmer – the former leader of East Cambs Council -says he makes “no apology” for pushing to get the Ely Southern Bypass complete despite a £13million overspend and a delayed opening to October.
Combined Authority bosses have committed almost half a million pounds towards plans to bring jobs, infrastructure and more to nine market towns across Cambridgeshire - including Ely, March, Chatteris and Soham.