Running for Mayor of Cambridgeshire had a number of objectives
To get a number of ideas into the political arena
To learn the state of local democracy
To raise my personal profile in Cambridgeshire
To learn more about Cambridgeshire
To get enough votes to be able to look the Mayor in the eye and have respect
All but the last one of these was successful
Promote the building of a Wash barrier
Promote building of Northstowe as a New Town
Build the houses needed by using a modular system
Various ideas relating to transport (See link here)
I have to conclude that local democracy is dead! The media totally marginalised my candidature, giving time and space only the three main party political candidates
Judging by the number of people who say they voted for me as a travel around the county, I think this was a success
The challenges facing Peterborough, Cambridge and surrounds and Fenland are totally different. The idea that a Combined Authority is the right way to solve them is wrong.
For what it is worth,
Cambridge and S Cambs should have been merged, under an executive Mayor.
Peterborough should have been expanded to include it’s necklace communities.
Fenland should be joined to the Lincolnshire fens and some of West Norfolk with Kings Lynn its capital