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- The May 6 elections have changed the political landscape in Cambridgeshire

UK news What to look out for after Cambridgeshire's elections last minute news


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- The May 6 elections have changed the political landscape in Cambridgeshire

UK news What to look out for after Cambridgeshire's elections last minute news
13 May 2021 - 10:45

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Last week voters fundamentally altered the political status quo in Cambridgeshire. The Conservatives lost control of both the county council and the directly elected mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough - the latter of which leads the combined authority, the former of which holds decisive votes on the Greater Cambridge Partnership. The result could significantly change the trajectory of major projects, such as the proposed Cambridgeshire metro and the delivery of affordable housing. And the political realignment is not over. No party was given an outright majority on the county council, which has much wider implications beyond that one authority’s own responsibilities and ambitions. The county council also has a vote on the decision-making boards of both the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority and the Greater Cambridge Partnership. Here's why the changes matter and could affect you: County council The Conservative group lost its outright majority, going from 34 to 28 seats, out of 61 in total on the county council. Labour increased their representation, from 16 to 20 seats. The party went from seven councillors in 2017 to nine this year, and there are now four independents. The Conservatives remain as the largest party. But the Liberal Democrats, Labour and independent group are in talks on some form of power sharing agreement, which could deliver them a working majority. Leader of the Lib Dems, Ed Davey MP, celebrates his party's gains in Cambridgeshire The council operates a committee system, but key positions including the leader of the council, chairs of committees, and representatives on outside boards are highly valued. Any deals done need to be in place by May 18, and all eyes will be on which party is able to secure the leadership. Read More Related Articles Independents 'inclined' to back Lib Dem-Labour power share on the county council Read More Related Articles Cambridgeshire PCC election results: Conservative’s Darryl Preston elected as police and crime commissioner Mayor and combined authority Labour’s Nik Johnson pulled off arguably the biggest upset in Cambridgeshire’s elections, beating the incumbent Conservative James Palmer to take the mayoralty for the Labour and Co-operative Party. The most high-profile role in Cambridgeshire’s local politics, the mayor is the leader of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority. The organisation, set up in 2017, is an exercise in devolution, and has considerable finance and powers to implement policy across transport, adult education, affordable housing and other policy areas. Nik Johnson is currently a doctor in the NHS and a district councillor in Huntingdonshire. Labour's Nik Johnson after winning the mayoral vote Cllr Johnson has said he plans to continue working in the NHS, but with much reduced hours and working as a full-time mayor, although the exact details of his NHS work are yet to be determined. It’s not yet clear if he will continue as a councillor. The new mayor is starting the role with less experience of local government than his predecessor. Conservative James Palmer had been leader of East Cambridgeshire District Council before he became mayor. Cllr Johnson’s highest political office up until this point has been his current one – as an opposition district councillor. He is also a public governor of North West Anglia NHS Trust. Although Cllr Johnson will now lead the combined authority, its key decision-making board looks set to retain its Conservative majority – with the balance of power set to be determined by which parties can hold the leadership of Peterborough City Council and the county council.

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. When asked after his election how that will impact what he can achieve, he highlighted his campaign message of "compassion, cooperation and community". In the campaign he said he was open to the ideas of others, and he did not produce an official manifesto. Cllr Johnson won the mayoralty on supplementary votes, coming second to Mr Palmer in the first round and overtaking him based on second preference votes from the eliminated Lib Dem’s ballots. The Conservative government has said it plans to scrap the supplementary voting system for mayoral contests, and so Cllr Johnson may need to convert a lot more voters to his cause if he is to serve a second term. Read More Related Articles Cambridgeshire Covid: How each Cambs area ranks in the latest infection rates for England Read More Related Articles Cambridge City Council's Sam Davies on the secrets to surprise election success Cambridge City Council Labour increased its vote share and majority in a rare full-council election for Cambridge City Council. The largest opposition party, the Liberal Democrats, have been weakened, and new opposition voices have also arrived with two Green Party councillors and independent Sam Davies. Lewis Herbert, leader of the Labour group on the city council, celebrates in Cambridge (Image: Cambridge News) While the new opposition members don’t have the numbers to change decisions if the Labour group remains united, it does offer a new voice for scrutiny and challenge. A presence on the council provides them the chance to put motions and force the Labour group to take public stances on issues, to question and argue their case in meetings, and gives those new parties and independent Cllr Davies a louder voice in the community and the press. But for the opposition attempting to challenge the Labour group, they will be faced with the fact that Labour has been given a stronger mandate, both on the city council, but also in those county council seats representing the city, and through the election of a Labour mayor for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. The Lib Dems’ mandate has been strengthened on the county council, but not in Cambridge, where it has instead been weakened. CambridgeshireLive email updates: We bring the stories to you Signing up to the CambridgeshireLive newsletter means you'll receive our daily news email. It couldn't be simpler and it takes seconds - simply click here, enter your email address and follow the instructions. You can also enter your address at the top of this page in the box below the picture on most desktop and mobile platforms. Changed your mind? There's an 'unsubscribe' button at the bottom of every newsletter we send out. Greater Cambridge Partnership With votes taken by its three member councils, the dynamic on the Greater Cambridge Partnership’s (GCP) decision-making board could significantly alter if the Liberal Democrats and Labour agree to some form of power sharing agreement on the county council. Before the May 6 election, the political make-up was one Labour, one Lib Dem and one Conservative, respectively from the city council, South Cambs and the county council. As progress is made by consensus among the three representatives, the absence of a Conservative vote could make a significant difference to decisions made going forward. For example, Labour and the Lib Dems have complained that the Conservatives have held up its work in areas such as residents’ parking and introducing some form of clean air zone. As mayor, James Palmer was a vocal critic of the organisation, and sought to effectively abolish it. He also played a key role in postponing a decision on a preferred route for the controversial Cambourne-to-Cambridge busway, twice. Cllr Johnson has stressed his desire to improve the relationship between his new office and GCP. But the new mayor has also said he wants the GCP to “reconsider” its Cambridge south east busway proposal. A preferred route has already been chosen for that project, and detailed work on planning has started – which does not mean it cannot be altered, but potentially sets up Cllr Johnson with the prospect of an early confrontation or an early loss on a key position taken in his election campaign.

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