Tory candidate backs university ambitions
Soham councillor selected as Conservative mayor candidate
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.