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Local democracy makes history as Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority goes digital




Members of the public joined journalists clicking in to watch Mayor James Palmer chair the Board of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority as it met ‘virtually’, ensuring the authority’s business carried on despite the Covid-19 emergency.

In a major first for the mayoral combined authority, board members convened remotely for the two-hour virtual meeting during which they discussed a programme of crucial plans to help business stay afloat and secure jobs during the emergency, including market town improvements and housing development loans.

Mayor James Palmer at home in Soham. Picture: Keith Heppell. (32449905)
Mayor James Palmer at home in Soham. Picture: Keith Heppell. (32449905)

Following a vote by the board, the mayor used his powers under the ‘Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority Order 2017’ to enact legally the board’s decision.


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