Local Tory Row Over Heidi Allen Mayoral Bid

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Tory MP Heidi Allen is involved in a local bunfight after deciding to run for Cambridgeshire mayor, proposing to double-job alongside her work in parliament. Allen says she can do both jobs at the same time and give “the majority” of her mayoral salary to charity. Her announcement has however gone down like a cup of cold sick with local Tory figures. Cambridgeshire councillor Tom Hunt warns: “Can’t say I’m thrilled about the idea… Talk about having your cake and eating it”. Huntingdonshire councillor Jonathan Gray says: “Both are full time, different, roles. Can’t be done properly by one person”. Fenland councillor Michelle Tanfield adds: “Can’t see how she could do both well. We need a full time mayor”. And Sawtry councillor Darren Tysoe says he is “not sure how a sitting MP” can be mayor as well. Tory whips are said to be less than enthused by Allen’s decision, remember she has been a thorn in the side of the government on tax credits and more. Heidi is going to have to overcome a lot of opposition, sure she will relish the debate…


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