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Labour is victorious in battle to be Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough




The people of Cambridgeshire have spoken and we have a new metro mayor.

Labour's Nik Johnson, known as Dr Nik for his work with babies and young children at Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Huntingdon, has snatched the role away from the Conservatives in what could be described as one of the biggest upsets locally for years.

The race to take on the role became a two man battle after the first round of voting saw the Lib Dem's Aidan Van de Weyer eliminated, leaving Dr Johnson, and the Tories' James Palmer - who has held the job for the past four years - to fight it out as people's second choice votes were counted.

The result of the Cambridgeshire Mayoral elections won by Dr Nik Johnson seen here with his mum Kath . Picture: Keith Heppell. (46965469)
The result of the Cambridgeshire Mayoral elections won by Dr Nik Johnson seen here with his mum Kath . Picture: Keith Heppell. (46965469)

Going into the second round Mr Palmer was ahead but as the results were announced for each of the districts that make up Cambridgeshire, it was Dr Johnson, who was picking up the majority of those all important second votes.

And finally the results were in and Mr Johnson won with a total number of votes from both counts of 113,994, with Mr Palmer polling a total of 108,195.

Fenland recorded the lowest turnout for the election with just 29.69 per cent of people turning out to vote.

The best turnout was in South Cambs where 45.02 per cent exercised their right and voted.

The election has used a supplementary vote system, in which voters could express a first and second preference for candidates.

The process is as follows:

If a candidate receives more than 50 per cent of the first preference vote, that candidate wins.

If no candidate receives more than 50 per cent of first preference votes, the candidate in third place will be eliminated and their votes redistributed according to second preference votes to the remaining two candidates.

The candidate who then has the highest overall total of votes cast is declared the Elected Mayor - and this time the spoils went to Labour .

The result from Fenland was: James Palmer (Con), 14,494; Aidan Van de Weyer (Lib Dem), 2,593 and Nik Johnson (Lab), 5,129 after the first round and then in the second round Dr Johnson took 1,228 votes to Mr Palmer's 780.



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