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