Cambridge City Council and Labour group leader Cllr Lewis Herbert on the May 3 city council elections
Labour councillors have worked hard for the past four years to transform Cambridge for the better, since we were elected to run our great city in 2014.
We have protected and improved the services you value most, and added new initiatives you asked for, including - brighter streetlights, as well as keeping them on overnight - new Wildflower Gardens, more trees and cycling investment, and - extra help for our homeless residents.
We are determined to help those who need us most, by sharing the city’s prosperity with £1.5m to date in new anti-poverty projects. Hundreds of people are now paid better after we persuaded leading employers to adopt the Real Living Wage of at least £8.75/hour, the minimum needed given our high housing costs. And we are now building 500 new social rent Council Homes, in addition to already completing 242 new Council homes since 2015.
2018 sees the Council’s biggest investment in Cambridge’s future for way over a decade, transforming underused assets like Mill Road depot and Park Street carpark, vital investments given that we will not receive a penny piece in Central Government core grant in 2019.
Standing up for Cambridge is vital, partnering with Daniel Zeichner our tireless MP and Labour County Councillors, to protect families from welfare cuts and the vicious Bedroom Tax. And securing funding commitments for a new Cambridge South rail station, plus working with the new Combined Authority and Mayor and bidding for £193m to replace Milton sewage works with housing. We are campaigning to retain a strong County Council operation in Cambridge, keep our vital Magistrates Court, and retain an open long hours police base in central Cambridge.
We need your support and your vote again on Thursday 3 May, so we can continue to create “One Cambridge - Fair for All”, assisted by a stunning staff team who won consistently high marks in the recent independent external Peer Review of the Council.
For more information visit www.cambridgelabour.org.uk.
This year’s elections
Local elections take place on Thursday May 3 for 15 of the 42 seats on Cambridge City Council.
This represents one per ward, plus an additional councillor in East Chesterton following a resignation.
We asked the leaders of the parties contesting the elections why voters should consider them. Labour has eight candidates standing for re-election, while the Lib Dems have one.
Elections are also being held in South Cambridgeshire District Council and for parish councils in our area. There are no elections to the county council this year.