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Tory James Palmer elected mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Mr Palmer said he was “immensely proud” to be the area’s first metro mayor.

Conservative James Palmer has become the first regional mayor for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Mr Palmer achieved a total of 88,826 votes, while Lib Dem Rod Cantrill had 67,205. Counting included second-preference votes as no candidates achieved more than 50% in the first-preference round.

Turnout in the election was 33.57%, with 204,363 verified votes cast out of a total eligible electorate of 604,960.

Turnout in the May 2017 mayoral elections

South Cambridgeshire had the highest percentage turnout, of 42.43%, while the lowest percentage turnout of the six constituent councils was Peterborough City with 24.71%.

Mr Palmer said: “Fairness is something that I believe in very strongly, and as mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough I aim to make this whole area a fairer county with opportunities for all, giving the chance to spread the wealth from the south of the county to the north, east and west, making sure that everybody gets the chance to have apprenticeship schemes, of having a skilled job so they can take advantage of the Cambridge effect.

“What we have here in Cambridgeshire is almost unique. We have the building blocks of success, we just need somebody to put it together.

“Improving the infrastructure in the city of Cambridge, linking the great city of Peterborough to Cambridge and bringing Fenland into the fold are all absolutely vital if we are to be a success.”

He said he would work with Theresa May for the people of the area, and he was “immensely proud” to be the area’s first metro mayor.

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