Election day: Who are the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough mayoral candidates and what would they do for our city?

Have you decided who will get your vote as people go to the polls to elect the first Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Mayor today, Thursday, 4 May?

Wednesday, 3rd May 2017, 8:51 am
Updated Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 7:02 pm
Voting for a new Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough takes place on Thursday, 4 May 2017.

Polling stations across Cambridgeshire & Peterborough will be open until 10pm tonight. The count, and result is expected on Friday, follow @peterboroughtel on Twitter and the PT on Facebook for updates.

We spoke to each of the seven candidates, asking them what their policies are and what they would do to help the people of Peterborough and improve our city.

Here’s what each of the candidates had to say:

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What is devolution?

Under devolution, the Combined Authority for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough has been created. It is led by an elected mayor and the cabinet includes the leaders of the seven biggest Cambridgeshire councils (including Peterborough City Council) and a representative of the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership.

What powers and money does it have?

The combined authority, which currently meets monthly in different locations, has:

• £20 million a year funding for 30 years to be invested towards growth

• £170 million to spend on housing, of which £70 million is ringfenced for Cambridge

• Responsibility for chairing an area-based review of 16+ skills provision and devolved 19+ adult skills funding from 2018/19

• Responsibility to create a comprehensive database of available public and private sector land and to remove barriers to its disposal/development in order to bring in more land for housing and employment.