Tory can­di­date backs univer­sity am­bi­tions

So­ham coun­cil­lor se­lected as Con­ser­va­tive mayor can­di­date

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By Stephen Briggs stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTstephenB 01733 588734

The Con­ser­va­tive can­di­date to be­come mayor of Cam­bridgeshire and Peterborough has pledged to sup­port Peterborough’s univer­sity am­bi­tions.

So­ham county coun­cil­lor James Palmer, who is leader of East Cam­bridgeshire Dis­trict Coun­cih as been se­lected as the can­di­date for May’s elec­tion, and he said he wanted to sup­port the cam­paign for a univer­sity in the city.

He­said: “I want to work very closely with mem­bers in Peterborough. I have spo­ken to mem­bers in Peterborough al­ready, and I want to speak more with them to fully un­der­stand the needs of the city. I know there are am­bi­tions to bring a univer­sity to Peterborough and I am fully be­hind those plans.

“Con­nec­tiv­ity to the city from the east is also not as good as it could be, and there needs to be im­prove­ments in that area.”

Cllr Palmer, who for­merly ran a dairy busi­ness and has a fam­ily back­ground in farm­ing, added: “Peterborough is a great ex­am­ple of how dis­tricts in Cam­bridgeshire should be run. I don’t want it to feel ex­cluded in the coun­cil busi­ness.

“I will be look­ing for all the other dis­tricts in the area to be run as ‘lit­tle Peter­bor­oughs.’”

Peterborough MP Ste­wart Jack­son wel­comed the ap­point­ment and said :“I’ m very pleased that James Palmer has been se­lected, not least be­cause I was the only MP in the county to pub­licly en­dorse him. I think he has the en­ergy, drive and vi­sion to do a great job and he knows that a univer­sity is our lo­cal in­fra­struc­ture pri­or­ity in Peterborough.”

In­de­pen­dent can­di­date Peter Dawes has an­nounced he will have a run­ning mate from Peterborough for his cam­paign.

The Ely based busi­ness­man said Mark Ringer-them an be­hind the Wil­low Fes­ti­val in Peter bor­ough-will work along­side him as an un­of­fi­cial deputy if elected in May.

James Palmer

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