Conservative candidate James Palmer elected Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Kasia Ruszkowski 5 May 2017

Conservative party candidate James Palmer has been elected the first Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, with 76,064 votes, according to Cambridge News.

Rod Cantrill and James Palmer went through to the second round of voting with Palmer slightly ahead, having won 38.0% of the first-round votes to Cantrill’s 23.5%.

Interestingly, it seems many voters failed to make use of their second-round vote, with 1,560 ballot papers being rejected because the second reference was left unmarked.

Peterborough and Cambridgeshire is one of six regions of England to hold elections for a newly created Combined Authority, whose remits cover several areas.

James Palmer Labour beat five other candidates to the role, including Labour candidate and Clare Porter Kevin Price, as well as UKIP candidate Paul Bullen.

Meanwhile the Conservative Party also dominated in the Cambridgeshire county council elections, winning 36 seats to the Liberal Democrat’s 15. Labour fell behind with just seven seats, with the remaining three seats going to independent parties. UKIP failed to win any seats in the area.