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Green Party will contest all seats in city elections

By Gemma Gardner

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Labour, Liberal Democrats, Conservatives and The Greens will be fielding a full slate of candidates in this May's Cambridge City Council elections.

The party, which saw its UK-wide vote share reduce from 3.8 per cent to 1.6 per cent in the general election, currently occupies just one seat on the authority.

Representatives are campaigning for more action to cut down on air pollution and carbon emissions, as well as further expansion of affordable and social housing.

Stuart Tuckwood, the party’s 2017 general election candidate, said: “Green councillors around the country have made fantastic contributions and improvements for local residents.

“There is much that can be improved in the way Cambridge is run locally and every Green voice elected will push for a fairer, healthier and more sustainable city.”

A total of 15 of the 42 seats on the city council are up for grabs.

The Labour Party, which currently controls the city council with a majority of 12, will also field candidates in each seat.

Group leader Lewis Herbert told residents: “Despite government cuts which mean no core government grant from 2019, we are determined to protect and develop services, particularly for those who need us most.”

Cambridge Liberal Democrats and the Cambridge Conservatives will also contest each of the seats while Libertarian Aidan Christopher Ulrich Powlesland will run for a seat in Castle ward.

Antoinette Jackson, chief executive of Cambridge City Council and returning officer for the local elections, said: “Please remember that if you are not registered to vote you will need to do so by Tuesday, April 17 if you want to have your say in the city council elections.

“Registering to vote is very straightforward and will allow you to vote for a candidate to represent you on the city council.”

South Cambridgeshire District Council will have all-out elections next month. It will be the first elections in which all the district and parish council seats in South Cambridgeshire will be contested at the same time.

Labour and Conservative parties will contest all of the seats, while the Greens and the Lib Dems will contest almost all. There are also a number of independent candidates.

Voters go to the polls on Thursday, May 3.


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