Please welcome Councillor Colin McGerty!

at The Guildhall, 4th May 2018

The Queen Edith’s Lib Dem Focus Team has a new councillor, Cllr Colin McGerty. In yesterday’s City Council elections, Colin polled 1,259 votes to become our new city councillor for the next four years.

Here is the result:

Colin McGerty, Liberal Democrat: 1259 votes (44.2%)

Dan Greef, Labour: 827 votes (29.0%)

Manas Deb, Conservative: 543 votes (19.1%)

Joel Chalfen, Green: (27.7%)

 

Thank you to everyone who supported Colin and the Liberal Democrats, to our opponents for an honest and high-quality contest, and to the Queen Edith’s Community Forum for another fine hustings event.

QE election results

Thank you!

I am delighted to have been re-elected to represent Queen Edith’s for a further four years on Cambridgeshire County Council. The votes were verified on Thursday night and counted on Friday morning, with the  result announced just before noon on Friday:

Amanda Taylor, Liberal Democrat 1678
Adam Pounds, Labour 962
Manas Deb, Conservative 752
Joel Chalfen, Green 226

Majority: 716

Turnout: 47%

A heartfelt thank you to everybody who supported me and the Liberal Democrat team and our work for the community.

The EU referendum

By now, we all know that the UK narrowly voted last week to leave the European Union. The result has opened up huge fault lines in both the economy and the body politic, which will take much time and much hard graft to resolve. It has also created a great deal of personal uncertainty and anxiety for many individuals.

Our Member of Parliament, Heidi Allen, has called a public meeting for this Saturday. She writes:

Following the result of the Referendum I have received an unprecedented level of emails from constituents who are greatly concerned about their future and that of the UK. In order to facilitate a discussion I have arranged an open meeting to enable residents of South Cambridgeshire to express their concerns.

Due to the number of emails I have received I will be posting a detailed response on my website towards the end of the week which I hope will address the concerns raised and I will update my website as and when more information becomes available from the Government.

Saturday 2 July 2016, 16.00 – 18.00

South Cambridgeshire Hall, Cambourne Business Park, Cambourne, Cambridge CB23 6EA.

Parking available.

For details of how Queen Edith’s voted, see http://cambridgecityqueenediths.mycouncillor.org.uk/2016/07/02/eu-referendum-how-queen-ediths-voted/

VIKI SANDERS FOR QUEEN EDITHS

Viki 2014_1The local Liberal Democrats have chosen Addenbrooke’s nurse Viki Sanders to be our  candidate for the Queen Edith’s by-election on November 13, caused by the resignation of former Labour councillor Sue Birtles.

Viki, a sister in the fracture clinic at the city’s Addenbrooke’s Hospital, served a four-year term on the council between 2007 and 2011, deciding afterwards to support her daughter who was taking GCSEs at the time.  During her time as councillor she played a key role in improving local facilities from securing dropped pavement kerbs to help disabled people to the facelift of the Wulfstan Way shops. She also campaigned for more comprehensive gritting of pavements during the winter. In the intervening years she has remained an active campaigner on local issues raised by neighbours and colleagues and supported us at community events such as sales and the annual Christmas carols.

Born in Ely, Viki, of Hulatt Rd moved to Cambridge and attended Chesterton Community College, then Long Road Sixth Form College before nursing training at Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

I have known Viki and her family for more than 20 years and worked with her previously on the city council. I appreciated her common sense approach to sorting out problems for local people as well as her sense of humour.

The by-election is for a new councillor to sit on Cambridge City Council until May 2016. You need to be on the electoral register, but if you are eligible to vote and are not on the register, you can be added up till 28th October. If you are away, you can vote by post or by proxy but need to apply by 29th October. Contact [email protected]

Queen Edith’s Labour councillor resigns her seat: by-election set for 13th November

rosettesQueen Edith’s Labour councillor Sue Birtles resigned her city council seat last Tuesday. We do not know the reasons for her standing down after little more than two years as a councillor.

If councillors resign in the spring, their successors can be elected in May at the same time as the annual council election. The timing of Sue’s resignation mean we shall have a by-election so as not to leave people unrepresented until the May 2015 elections.

This will take place on Thursday 13th November.

If you are new in Queen Edith’s and not yet registered to vote, you can do so until 28th October. If you need a postal or proxy vote, the deadline is 29th October. You can register to vote and apply for a postal or proxy vote by contacting the City Council: [email protected]

https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/sites/www.cambridge.gov.uk/files/documents/queen-ediths-ward-casual-vacancy-september-2014.pdf

Cambridgeshire County Council Election: THANK YOU

A huge thank you to everyone who supported me and the Liberal Democrats in yesterday’s election to Cambridgeshire County Council. The result was as follows:

Queen Edith’s results [electorate: 6,590, turnout: 2662 (40.24)]
Candidate
Party
Votes
% share
John Frederick Beresford Labour and Co-op 931 35.1
William Birkin Green 172 6.5
Tom Bygott Conservative 361 13.6
Amanda Joan Taylor Liberal Democrat 1188 44.8

We campaigned on a range of key issues in the Queen Edith’s ward, including roads & pavements maintenance, parking management, road safety and policing, as well as community amenities, such as playgrounds and the local library.

Lib Dems in Queen Edith’s have a tradition of working all the year round, but the election campaign proper began in March, with lots of lovely snow! Thank you to those of you who bravely opened their doors to us. Between then and the belated appearance of spring, we called on as many people as we could, and had a wealth of conversations about the local area, garnering many good ideas as well as things that need to be sorted out.

My thanks as a candidate also go to my fellow Liberal Democrat councillors Jean and George, as well as to the army of helpers who delivered leaflets and got the message out. And to retiring county councillor Geoff Heathcock, who has set a high standard of hard work and commitment for the Queen Edith’s area.

The work starts immediately: tomorrow morning I shall be making my first visit to Shire Hall for my induction as a county councillor – an opportunity to raise a number of local issues with officers, building on my work over the past year and during the campaign.

Police elections this Thursday: why I am a semi-floating voter

This Thursday, 15th November 2012, will see Britain’s first ever elections for Police & Crime Commissioners to oversee our police forces. Everyone in England and Wales outside of London will vote for a Police & Crime Commissioner for their county. They will be in charge of Chief Constables, set budgets set policing priorities. Here is a list of the candidates standing for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

The Police Commissioners are intended by the Conservatives to provide greater accountability to the communities they serve. I question whether one person is more accountable than the police authorities, which comprised a number of people. Nevertheless, here we have an opportunity to get people thinking seriously about policing matters, including how best to handle offenders and prevent reoffending. (more…)

Big Fairtrade event at Anglia Ruskin this month

Are you a Fairtrade supporter? Then come to the East of England Campaigns Day at Anglia Ruskin on 24th November. It is the first event of its kind in Cambridge and jointly hosted by Fairtrade Cambridge, Anglia Ruskin Fairtrade University and the Fairtrade Foundation.

The event will offer ideas and support for developing Fairtrade City campaigning.

We’ve got a great agenda lined up, including:

  • Interesting workshops such as ‘What next for your Fairtrade campaign?’, ‘What do we understand by the term Fair?’
  • Stalls, displays and Fairtrade tasters
  • Elections for the East of England National Campaigner Committee representative
  • Networking opportunities and the chance to share ideas and experiences

Date and time: Saturday 24 November 2012, 10am-4pm

Address: Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, Cambridge, CB1 1PT

Book a place at the East of England Campaigns Day here

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First police elections next month, just one day to register!

The 15th November 2012 will see Britain’s first ever elections for individuals to be in charge of our police forces. Everyone in England and Wales outside of London will go to the polls to vote for a Police & Crime Commissioner for their county. Chief Constables will answer to the new commissioners, who will set budgets and set policing priorities. Here is a list of the candidates standing for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Tomorrow’s your last chance to apply for a postal vote or register to vote – you can fill in this form. Postal vote applications need to be in by 5 p.m. but you can register to vote up till 11.59 if you like to be up against the wire. Here is a form for that too. You can apply for a proxy vote (somebody else votes on your behalf) up to 7th November.

The Police Commissioners are intended by the Conservatives to provide greater accountability to the communities they serve. I am not convinced that one person is more accountable than the existing police authorities comprising a number of people: nevertheless, it is an opportunity to get people thinking seriously about policing matters, including how best to handle offenders and prevent reoffending.

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Cambridge City Council throws out Labour shared housing motion

Last night, Cambridge City Council roundly defeated the Labour Party motion to cap shared housing in Cambridge.

The motion followed speeches from members of the public who had come to the Guildhall to address their concerns about the motions to councillors. They expressed their disquiet at the potential shortage of accommodation which might ensure if Labour restricted the number of shared houses, the unreasonableness of making ordinary families with lodgers register as HMOs, and the desirability of mixed communities.

I was first to oppose the motion, and you can read a transcript of my speech on Richard Taylor’s site, and here is a link to Richard’s recording of the anti-house share debate on YouTube.  Thank you Richard for getting an account of the debate on line so quickly.

Liberal Democrat councillors put forward an amendment to Labour’s motion, keeping the first few words which “the vital contribution that well-run houses make in providing homes for family, students, professionals and migrant workers” but dropping the parts about widening the scope of HMO designation and restricting numbers.

Lib Dems asked for an annual report to be brought to the council’s Community Services Committee detailing the number and type of complaints received by the Environmental Health Department in all types of housing in the city and how they have been dealt with, including the number of prosecutions.