Elect Kevin Price as Mayor on May 4th
Kevin Price and Fiona Onasanya gave hardhitting presentations on their bids to be Labour’s Mayor candidate at hustings in Cambridge, Peterborough and on 16th January Huntingdon. Kevin and Fiona attended our monthly meeting and posed with Chair Nick Johnson and Councillor Patrick Kadewere. The two candidates will be chosen by one member one vote among Labour members in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, closing date Feb 3rd. If any local members have not received email and ballot papers please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Both candidates gave eloquent briefings on what the Mayoralty will mean and how they will use it to improve social housing, care and infrastructure. Full details are in the minutes of the meeting, available shortly.
Just before the Brexit result Huntingdon District Council circulated its members, including Patrick Kadewere and Leedo George, with a radical new proposal to have a new tier of local government with an elected mayor and a large budget to effectively merge the more strategic roles of Cambridge and Peterborough councils, and give some sweeteners in the form of investments.
Devolution for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough?
A good thing? A bad thing?
Have a read here of the current ideas and plans that we have been told about.
And get in touch in the usual way or comment here with any thoughts or questions.
There will be some funding attached — which may be new money or may be top-sliced from other areas — and there are concerns that it will remove powers from existing local authorities. However, as in our area these authorities are mainly Tory dominated, perhaps that is a good thing – Peterborough and Cambridge City having strong Labour voices?
The full document, quite a long read, is Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Devolution Proposal 17 June 2016 Final. The basic idea is on page 5, but see also Peterborough Council’s take on it in the document ‘Devolution for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’.