The countys combined authority announced on Wednesday that Councillor Charles Roberts was to become the new deputy mayor, just days after Councillor Howe announced he was standing down.Cllr Howe who represents Upwood and the Raveleys, said his resignation was a private matter and was not prepared to expand on his reasons for leaving the cabinet. He said he would continue to serve as a district councillor and was considering standing for election again next year but had not made up his mind whether to do so. Cllr Roberts, currently leader of East Cambridgeshire District Council, was selected by the mayor, James Palmer. Mr Palmer said: Charles served as my deputy during my time as leader at East Cambridgeshire District Council so Im fully aware of his talents and record of delivery. We worked extremely well together as leader and deputy and I am hopeful that we will be able to build upon this record of achievement to deliver for the whole of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. Whilst sad to see Robin Howe leave the cabinet, Im extremely confident about what the new cabinet can achieve working together over the next three and a half years. Cllr Roberts added: Its a great honour to have been chosen to be the new deputy mayor. Like the mayor, I was born and have lived my entire life in the county. Im extremely proud of our area and its huge potential for the future. As the leader of East Cambridgeshire District Council I will continue to be fully focused on delivering for all residents across the district. However, in addition to this, I welcome the opportunity to play a key role in supporting the mayor as he seeks to turn his ambitious and visionary plans for the entirety of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough into reality.