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Welcome to the website of Cambridge Liberal Democrats!

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Here you will be able to find out all of the latest news and views from the Liberal Democrats in Cambridge.

Cambridge has one Liberal Democrat MP, Julian Huppert.

The parliamentary constituency of Cambridge covers 13 of the 14 wards represented on Cambridge City Council. Each ward is represented by 3 city councillors and one county councillor.

The Cambridge Liberal Democrats currently have 14 city councillors and form the main opposition to Labour.

Additionally, 6 of the 14 county councillors within the city boundary are Liberal Democrats.

Recent updates

  • Tim Bick
    Article: Jun 1, 2014

    Cambridge Liberal Democrats have brought forward an experienced leadership team for their new role in opposition at the City Council.

    Tim Bick continues as leader of the Liberal Democrat group, moving from Council Leader to Leader of the Opposition at the Council's annual meeting next week. Catherine Smart will continue as his deputy, but moves from her long time housing focus to speak for the opposition on Planning & Transport.

  • Ian Manning and MJ Black at Milton Road roadworks
    Article: May 2, 2014

    County Councillor Ian Manning and disability rights campaigner, MJ Black have teamed up to attack the way a major utility company has cordoned off roadworks on a busy Cambridge street.

    They fear barriers erected around the work being carried out by the National Grid in Milton Road put cyclists, pedestrians and disabled people at risk.

    The barriers block the cycle lanes near a busy junction opposite the Golden Hind pub directing cyclists onto the shared use path alongside. Confusingly cyclists are then instructed to dismount.

    Despite the problem of mixing a high volume of cycle traffic with pedestrians on a narrow path, a second set of barriers have been put in place restricting access for disabled people.

    Cllr Manning, who represents East Chesterton on Cambridgeshire County Council went to the site to discuss with the National Grid team carrying out the work.

    "These works are a farcical example of how not to cater for the most vulnerable users of our roads and paths," he said. "Cyclists are given inconsistent messages, pedestrians have already cramped space impinged upon further and most unacceptable of all, wheelchair users are totally blocked from using the path."

    To demonstrate the impact, Ian asked disability campaigner Mr Black to come to the site in his wheelchair

    "It is totally wrong that site workers can block wheelchair access on a public footpath without specific agreed permission before work starts," said Mr Black.

  • Why are you IN?
    Article: Apr 24, 2014

    Today, Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg launched the Liberal Democrats' 2014 European election campaign. The launch took place in Colchester at a rally with activists and supporters, followed by a public town hall-style Q&A session hosted by Heart FM.

    Speaking at the launch event, Nick Clegg said:

  • Ian Manning
    Article: Mar 27, 2014

    Leading Liberal Democrat County Councillor, Ian Manning has accused councillors of dividing the council's upper management and the lowest paid.

    His attack came after some councillors failed to support his bid to protect the authority's lowest paid members of staff by making sure their wage scales kept pace with the highest.

  • Kilian Bourke
    Article: Mar 26, 2014

    A call for Cambridge's long-awaited Chisholm Trail to be funded with the first tranche of money from the City Deal has been made by Liberal Democrat County Councillor, Kilian Bourke.

    Cllr Bourke, who represents Cambridge's Romsey ward, suggested the strategic cycle route should be a top priority as county councillors discussed the government's approval of the Greater Cambridge City Deal at full council yesterday (Tuesday, March 25).

  • Julian Huppert
    Article: Mar 19, 2014

    MP Julian Huppert has welcomed a Budget which puts more money in people's pockets, creates more apprenticeships and helps businesses to grow.

    He said the Budget, delivered today (Wednesday, March 19), also brought some welcome news for pensioners and researchers and has given incentives for people to save.

  • Tim Bick
    Article: Mar 19, 2014

    Cambridge City Council Leader, Tim Bick has welcomed the Chancellor's announcement today (Wednesday, March 19) that the long-awaited City Deal can go-ahead, bringing £1 billion worth of investment in local infrastructure.

    George Osborne's announcement in the Budget was the culmination of 18 months' work and negotiation by the City Council and its Greater Cambridge area partners for an innovative "gain share" scheme.

  • Ian Manning
    Article: Mar 17, 2014

    Cambridgeshire County Councillor, Ian Manning has called for full council meetings to be streamed on the internet and votes recorded to prevent some members "hiding" in the council chamber.

    Cllr Manning, who represents Cambridge's East Chesterton, claims the move will give the public an opportunity to judge whether councillors' stands on particular issues are backed up by their voting record.

  • Colin Rosenstiel
    Article: Mar 17, 2014

    County Tories have been accused of riding rough shod over the residents of Cambridge after workmen moved in to tear down the city's heritage street lights.

    Contractors began removing the lights in Victoria Street today (Monday, March 17) ignoring a drive by residents and councillors who were trying to secure funding to restore them and assurances given by contractor, Balfour Beatty in December.

  • Julian Huppert at Bewick Primary School for World Milk Day
    Article: Mar 13, 2014

    Cambridge MP Julian Huppert has been congratulated in Parliament for his "robust campaigning" on extra funding for Cambridgeshire schools as it was announced that they will get an extra £20 million from next April.

    Julian received praise from Schools Minister, David Laws who said that areas like Cambridge, which have seen an unfair amount of funding would receive the greatest boost.