James Palmer

Elected Mayor for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
As a Cambridgeshire resident, businessman, District Council leader and County Councillor, I have a track record which sets me apart – proof I am able to deliver as the first Mayor of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority.

A thriving economy

I have lived and worked in Cambridgeshire all my life. I understand both its people and the local economy. I have run and expanded my own agricultural and dairy businesses.

I entered local politics in 2007 and, as leader of East Cambs, I made it my mission to create a more business-like and business-friendly council. Business growth in my area was 12% last year.

Stronger communities

I know there is a need for more affordable housing for local people. In East Cambs, under my leadership, we have developed a scheme that has allowed us to build homes specifically for lower paid, hard-working local people.

As Mayor I will do the same across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

I understand the effects of immigration on our communities as well as the need for transient labour in a strong economy.

Efficient service

I reformed the council I lead, cutting bureaucracy to save £700,000 per year in running costs while improving service delivery AND freezing council tax for three years – with no further increase for the coming year.  And all this while our government support grant was being cut.

The combined authority is not another tier of local government but devolved power to communities like ours to tackle the heart of the problems we face.  I will ensure the combined authority is focused, lean and cost efficient.

A bright future

I have battled against delays and bureaucracy to get new roads, homes and leisure facilities built – often against the odds. I know what works, what doesn’t and how to improve things quickly.

As a County Councillor I know the challenges facing Hunts, Fenland and Peterborough.

   –  I wholeheartedly believe Wisbech needs a rail link and Peterborough a university.

   –  I know we need to sort Cambridge’s congestion problem with new, forward-thinking and innovative solutions.

I have championed devolution from day one because it is our one chance to build a bright future for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough on our own terms.

I helped negotiate the devolution deal for desperately needed infrastructure funding.

As your Mayor I will continue to get the job done.

A Mayor for you
I believe being your Mayor will be a full-time job. I will give it my absolute commitment. And my absolute commitment to YOU.