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Candidates for Cambridge City Council by-election in Queen Edith’s revealed

The candidates hoping to win a seat on Cambridge City Council at the upcoming by-election in Queen Edith’s ward have been confirmed.

The by-election on Thursday, November 23 follows the resignation of independent councillor Sam Davies.

Sam Davies, independent councillor in Queen Ediths . Picture: Keith Heppell
Sam Davies, independent councillor in Queen Ediths . Picture: Keith Heppell

Four candidates will vie for the seat:

Immy Blackburn-Horgan - Liberal Democrats
David Carmona - Conservative Party
Oliver Edward Fisher - Green Party
Thomas Ron - Labour Party

The city council currently has 25 Labour councillors, 10 Liberal Democrats, four Green Party councillors, one Conservative councillor and one independent councillor.

The ruling Labour group’s majority has decreased since the local elections in May. Shortly after them, Alex Collis resigned as a councillor, triggering the King’s Hedges by-election, which was won by Conservative candidate Delowar Hossain.

Then in October, Cllr Mairéad Healy left the Labour group in response to the national party leadership’s comments over the Israel and Gaza conflict and is now an independent councillor.

Ms Davies had represented Queen Edith’s ward since her election in May 2021, but announced earlier this month that she would be stepping down due to a family decision to move away from Cambridge in early 2024.

At the time she said it had been a “great privilege” to serve people in the Queen Edith’s ward and said she was “very sad” to stand down as a councillor.

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