Conservative James Palmer has been elected as the first Mayor for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
Mr Palmer has been leader of East Cambridgeshire District Council since 2013 and takes up the role which comes with new devolved powers.
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Only two of the six counties in the Anglia region have so far declared results but the Conservatives are making the early running.
The Chairman of Colchester's UKIP branch has defended the party after a poor showing in this year's local elections.
Just under a quarter of residents in Peterborough have cast a vote for the newly-created post of Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.