Cere­sete fails in mayor bid

For­mer coun­cil leader not cho­sen as Con­ser­va­tive can­di­date in May’s elec­tion, and nei­ther is MP Heidi Allen

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By Joel Lamy joel.lamy@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTJoelLamy

Con­tro­ver­sial for­mer city coun­cil leader Marco Cer­este has failed in his bid to be­came the first elected mayor of the com­bined Peter­bor­ough and Cam­bridg-esire author­ity.

For­mer Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil leader Marco Cer­este has failed in his bid to be­come the first ever elected mayor of Peter­bor­ough and Cam­bridgeshire.

The con­tro­ver­sial politi­cian and cur­rent city coun­cil­lor for Hamp­ton Vale was cut from the list of po­ten­tial Con­ser­va­tive can­di­dates after a vote by se­nior mem­bers of his party over the week­end, cur­rent city coun­cil leader Coun­cil­lor John Holdich con­firmed.

Cllr Ceres tewa snot avail­able for com­ment when the PT at­tempted to con­tact him.

Heidi Allen, MP for South Cam­bridgeshire, who was an early fron­trun­ner for to be the Tory’s can­di­date also failed to make the short­list of three which will be whit­tled down to one on Satur­day after a vote by all Cam­bridgeshire party mem­bers.

The choices are Cam­bridgeshire County Coun­cil leader Steve Count, Hunt­ing­don­shire district coun­cil­lor Roger Har­ri­son and East Cam- bridgeshire District Coun­cil leader James Palmer who has the back­ing of MP for Peter­bor­ough Ste­wart Jack­son.

The win­ner will start May’ s elec­tion as the over­whelm­ing favourite to be­come the county’s mayor in charge of a bud­get worth mil­lions of pounds to spend in ar­eas such as trans­port, hous­ing and eco­nomic growth.

It fol­lows a vote by county, city and district coun­cils in Cam­bridgeshire to ac­cept a de­vo­lu­tion deal which will cre­ate a com­bined author­ity by an elected mayor.

The author­ity will fea­ture a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from all seven coun­cils in the re­gion and a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Greater Cam­bridge Greater Peter­bor­ough Lo­cal En­ter­prise Part­ner­ship.

The Lib­eral Democrats have an­nounced that their cho­sen can­di­date for the elec­tion is Cam­bridge city coun­cil­lor Rod Can trill.

Cllr Cantrill joins UKIP Cam­bridgeshire county coun­cil­lor Paul Bull en and Ely­based en­tre­pre­neur Peter Dawe on the list of con­firmed can­di­dates for May, but it is likely that Peter­bor­ough will have lit­tle rep­re­sen­ta­tion on the bal­lot un­less Cam­bridgeshire county coun­cil­lor Fiona Onasanya is cho­sen to stand.

Cllr Onasanya, of Crab­tree, Past on, is up against Cll­rKev in Price, deputy leader of Cam­bridge City coun­cil, in her bid to stand as Labour’ s can­di­date.

The pair were cho­sen as the fi­nal two can­di­dates by the re­gional party with Peter­bor­ough city coun­cil­lor Ed Mur­phy miss­ing out de­spite re­ceiv­ing the back­ing of the Peter­bor­ough and South Cam­bridgeshire con­stituen­cies.

Party mem­bers have un­til Fe­bru­ary 3 to vote for their cho­sen can­di­date with a fi­nal hustings be­ing held this evening at the Pas­ton Farm Cen­tre.

The pos­si­bil­ity that there will be no Peter­bor­ough rep­re­sen­ta­tives stand­ing in the elec­tion will heighten fears that the new mayor will pri­ori­tise Cam­bridge in­stead.

Asked about the short­age of Peter­bor­ough can­di­dates Cllr Mo­hammed Jamil, leader of the Labour group on Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil, said: “The fear of most peo­ple is that Peter­bor­ough will not be at the top ta­ble.

“How­ever, we are hop­ing that who­ever comes in will re­alise Peter­bor­ough is a ma­jor player in the de­volved area in terms of our growth and busi­nesses and that they do not see Peter­bor­ough as a small cousin.”

The Green Party an­nounces its can­di­date for mayor to­day.

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