2017 Cambridgeshire and Peterborough mayoral election

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Cambridgeshire and Peterborough mayoral election, 2017

4 May 2017 2021 →
  CPCA James Palmer portrait.jpg Blank Blank
Candidate James Palmer Rod Cantrill Kevin Price
Party Conservative Liberal Democrat Labour
1st Round vote 76,064 47,026 37,297
Percentage 38.0% 23.5% 18.6%
2nd Round vote 88,826 67,205 Eliminated
Percentage 56.9% 43.1% Eliminated

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Candidate Paul Bullen Julie Howell
Party UKIP Green
1st Round vote 15,931 12,628
Percentage 8.0% 6.3%
2nd Round vote Eliminated Eliminated
Percentage Eliminated Eliminated

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Mayor before election

Position established

Elected Mayor

James Palmer

The inaugural Cambridgeshire and Peterborough mayoral election was held on 4 May 2017 to elect the Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. The supplementary vote system was used to elect the mayor for a four-year term of office. Subsequent elections will be held in May 2021 and every four years after.

The mayor will lead the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority established in 2017 by the seven local councils in Cambridgeshire (Cambridgeshire County Council, Peterborough City Council, Cambridge City Council, East Cambridgeshire District Council, Fenland District Council, Huntingdonshire District Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council) as part of a devolution deal giving local government in the county additional powers and funding.[1]

The mayoral election was on the same day as the Cambridgeshire County Council election being held across most of the county except Peterborough, which is administered separately as a unitary authority outside the area covered by the county council.


Area covered by the new mayor.

Conservative Party[edit]

James Palmer, leader of East Cambridgeshire District Council, was selected to be the Conservative Party candidate at a general meeting of party members on 21 January 2017.[2] The shortlist for the selection process was announced on 14 January and consisted of three candidates:[3]

Heidi Allen, MP for South Cambridgeshire since 2015, declared an intention to seek the Conservative nomination[8] but was unsuccessful in reaching the final shortlist.[3] Marco Cereste, former leader of Peterborough City Council, also failed to make the shortlist.[9]

English Democrats[edit]

Stephen Goldspink, former Peterborough city councillor, was the English Democrats mayoral candidate.[10]

Green Party[edit]

Julie Howell, Orton parish councillor and co-leader of Peterborough Green Party, was announced as the Green Party candidate on 19 January 2017 after a vote by party members.[11]


Peter Dawe, former UKIP member and Ely-based social entrepreneur, stood as an independent candidate for mayor.[12][13] On 25 January, Dawe announced he had chosen Peterborough-based entrepreneur Mark Ringer, founder and director of the Willow Festival, to be his unofficial running mate and deputy.[14]

Labour Party[edit]

Kevin Price, deputy leader of Cambridge City Council and councillor for King's Hedges, was declared the winner of the Labour Party selection process on 6 February 2017[15] after defeating Fiona Onasanya, county councillor for King's Hedges,[16] in a ballot of party members.

Other candidates who did not make the shortlist but were reported in local media as contesting the Labour Party selection included Peterborough City councillors Ed Murphy and Ansar Ali, 2015 Huntingdon parliamentary candidate Nik Johnson, and vice-chairman of Huntingdon CLP Samuel Sweek.[17][18]

Liberal Democrats[edit]

Rod Cantrill, councillor for Newnham, Cambridge City Council, was announced as the Liberal Democrat candidate on 14 January 2017 following a ballot of party members.[19]

United Kingdom Independence Party[edit]

Paul Bullen, councillor for St Ives and UKIP group leader, Cambridgeshire County Council, was confirmed as the party's candidate on 11 January 2017.[20][21]


Nominations for candidates wishing to stand in the election closed on 4 April 2017, after which the final list of candidates was published by East Cambridgeshire District Council.[22]

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Mayoral Election 2017[23]
Party Candidate 1st round 2nd round
 First round votes  Transfer votes 
Total Of round Transfers Total Of round
Conservative James Palmer 76,064 38.0% 12,762 88,826 56.9%
Liberal Democrat Rod Cantrill 47,026 23.5% 20,179 67,205 43.1%
Labour Kevin Price 37,297 18.6%
UKIP Paul Bullen 15,931 8.0%
Green Julie Howell 12,628 6.3%
Independent Peter Dawe 9,176 4.6%
English Democrat Stephen Goldspink 2,256 1.1%
Turnout 200,378 32.9%

Results by local authority[edit]

First and second preference votes were counted by local authority and published online by East Cambridgeshire District Council.[24]

First count results[edit]

Party Candidate Cambridge East Cambs Fenland Huntingdonshire Peterborough South Cambs Total
Conservative James Palmer 5,384 9,980 10,513 19,914 12,629 17,644 76,064
Liberal Democrats Rod Cantrill 13,273 5,174 1,494 7,395 3,100 16,590 47,026
Labour Kevin Price 12,222 2,495 2,602 4,603 8,614 6,761 37,297
UKIP Paul Bullen 966 1,336 2,754 5,111 3,359 2,405 15,931
Green Julie Howell 3,029 1,156 879 1,982 3,012 2,570 12,628
Independent Peter Dawe 1,204 1,288 959 2,140 1,207 2,378 9,176
English Democrats Stephen Goldspink 113 120 519 424 851 229 2,256

Second count results[edit]

Party Candidate Cambridge East Cambs Fenland Huntingdonshire Peterborough South Cambs Total
Transfers Total Transfers Total Transfers Total Transfers Total Transfers Total Transfers Total Transfers Total
Conservative James Palmer 1,243 6,627 1,125 11,105 1,599 12,112 3,246 23,160 3,040 15,669 2,509 20,153 12,762 88,826
Liberal Democrats Rod Cantrill 6,684 19,957 1,799 6,973 1,086 2,580 2,995 10,390 2,516 5,616 5,099 21,689 20,179 67,205


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