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Combined authority loses deputy mayor

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Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority has lost its deputy mayor.

Huntingdonshire DC’s Robin Howe (Con) has resigned from his council’s cabinet and so cannot retain the deputy’s post.

He told LGC: “The reasons are private, and I am not sharing them with the media. There is no disagreement on policy and I have the highest regard for both the mayor and the district council leader.”

On the combined authority, Cllr Howe was responsible for chairing the investment group and for the economic and productivity strategy, international trade, inward investment and business development.

Mayor James Palmer (Con) (pictured) has not set a timetable for nominating a successor as deputy, though Huntingdonshire leader Graham Bull (Con) will replace Cllr Howe on the authority.

The mayor said: “Within a short period of time, as my deputy, Robin made a significant contribution towards the work the combined authority and I am sorry to see him go.

“In particular, Robin can be immensely proud of the significant role that he played putting together Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’s first independent economic commission, that when it reports, will set out our industrial strategy for the future.


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