Cambridge Commons hustings on inequality opens new space in discussion of city future

Voters in Cambridge spent an evening discussing local issues with mayoral candidates in a new hustings format for the campaign.

    Attendees were given a chance to sit with candidates in small groups around tables, introducing the topics that mattered to them.

The format emphasised the need for honest dialogue over confrontation, with the discussion ranging from transport to health, housing, jobs and local politics.

James Palmer, the Conservative candidate, was elected mayor for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough on Thursday this week.

The former diary farmer from Soham, who this week said he would be a mayor for everyone, openly acknowledged it was a challenging evening.

“It was a very interesting evening and I just hope you hate me a little less,” he said in summary.

Also attending were Kevin Price for Labour, Rod Cantrill for the Lib Dems and Jeremy Caddick for the Greens standing in for Julie Howell. Peter Dawe was the independent candidate.