Elections took place today for new Mayoral Combined Authorities in six areas across England, these Mayors will have powers over economic development, strategic planning and transport and infrastructure investment.
Commenting on the election of James Palmer as the new Mayor for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Charlotte Horobin, Interim EEF Regional Director for Midlands and East of England said: “Congratulations are in order for Mayor Palmer who will have an important role in improving economic outcomes for the residents and businesses of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough over the months and years ahead. They will be both a national and global ambassador for the technological strengths of the region, ensuring the regions full potential is recognised and supported.”
Commenting on the new Mayors across England, Chris Richards, Head of Business Environment Policy at EEF said: "The election of new mayors to match the real economic geographies in England is historic and will provide a significant boost in the mission to make sure all parts of England are geared up for growth. The General election purdah period will see these new Mayors getting off to a quiet start, but this shouldn't dampen the ambition and opportunity to begin immediate engagement with businesses on how to strengthen growth in their areas. Local businesses will be the ones who will pay the taxes, create the jobs and provide the economic growth that will deliver the ultimate outcomes of each Mayor's ambition – higher living standards and productivity.”
For more on EEF’s work on devolution and local government in England visit www.eef.org.uk/devolution.