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Lib Dems win accolades for their work in the city

March 12, 2012 10:40 AM

Colin Rosenstiel accepts Lib Dem award from Nick CleggCambridge Liberal Democrats have been recognised nationally with accolades for their contribution to the local economy and work in the city.

The group won the Local Government Association's award for Outstanding Contribution to the Local Economy and was declared runner up in the Council Group of the Year award.

Cambridge City Council Leader, Sian Reid said: "We are delighted to have won these awards. Our long-term attitude to our economy and growth is really paying off for us. This is not a reaction to the recession but a long standing and profound commitment to getting it right."

The LGA awards come just weeks after Cambridge was revealed as the UK's most successful city and well placed to drive the country's economic recovery.

The Cities Outlook 2012 report by Centre for Cities showed how well Cambridge had fared during the economic downturn compared to other cities.

In making the awards, judges took this evidence into account and considered the city council's work with the vulnerable.

Cambridge City Council Deputy Leader, Catherine Smart said: "Despite hard times, protecting and enhancing our services for the vulnerable has been our number one priority.

"Indeed in the midst of a large savings programme we are putting money into youth programmes, restorative justice, help for the homeless and street drinkers, investment in community centres and more. We have managed the council so we have the resources to put vulnerable people first.

"We are extremely proud of this and these awards are testament to the hard work that has gone into safeguarding these services and contributing to the city generally."

Pictured is Cambridge City Councillor, Colin Rosenstiel collects one of the LGA awards from Lib Dem Leader and Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg at the Lib Dem Spring Conference in Newcastle at the weekend.