James Palmer has been a councillor for East Soham in East Cambridgeshire for 10 years, and was leader of the district council from 2013 until now. His background is in farming and he used to run a dairy business. He was selected as the Conservative candidate by local party members, beating the favourite, Cllr Steve Count, Leader of Cambridgeshire County Council.
James Palmer’s priority areas
Transport: developing a business case for an underground light railway in Cambridge, and extending the M11 from Cambridge up to Peterborough.
Housing planning: stopping urban sprawl and sharing all of the growth around the county. Only building on the green belt ‘in exceptional cases’.
Efficiency in local government: replicating the savings Palmer has made at East Cambridgeshire District Council to ensure that funding for public services is cut as little as possible.
Read about James Palmer’s priorities here.