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Heidi Allen crashes out of mayoral contest

When Heidi Allen announced that she would stand to be the new mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough — while continuing her work as an MP — the decision was reported to have gone down like a cup of cold sick with local Tories. The backbench rebel’s decision to seek the Tory nomination ruffled feathers, with Conservative councillors suggesting Allen was on a mission to have her cake and eat it.

Alas Mr S can disclose that Allen’s hopes have now been dashed. The Tory MP has been eliminated from the Cambridgeshire Conservative Mayoral selections. After securing only four votes, Allen has failed to make it into the top three — comprised of James Palmer, Steve Count and Roger Harrison, who have all progressed to the final round.

It seems Allen will just have to content herself with the one job for the time-being…


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