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Labour makes pitch for your vote at Cambridge City Council elections 2019

By Cllr Lewis Herbert - Labour leader, Cambridge City Council

Cllr Lewis Herbert. Picture: Keith Heppell. (9219739)
Cllr Lewis Herbert. Picture: Keith Heppell. (9219739)

We ask for your support for Cambridge Labour in the City Council elections on Thursday, May 2.

Our experienced team of councillors are committed to their local communities and are working hard to deliver quality services and create ‘One Cambridge - Fair for All’.

1. We are protecting your vital services and people in need, despite now receiving zero core government grant, compared to £5.6million in 2014, and are transforming your council assisted by our dedicated staff.

2. We work with local businesses to ensure more staff receive the real living wage of at least £9 per hour. We’ve helped out residents who need us the most with over £1.4million in targeted projects, and we fund excellent Cambridge voluntary organisations supporting disadvantaged people, including £700,000 for homelessness projects.

3. We are building 500 more badly needed new council homes at affordable rents, with construction under way at Mill Road Depot and Anstey Way Trumpington, after completing 242 in recent years.

4. We have declared a climate emergency and are increasing action in 2019 on both climate change and biodiversity, are cutting the city’s carbon emissions, planting thousands more trees, creating wildflower gardens and cutting herbicides.

5. We ensure new developments are matched with extra community facilities and transport links, like the cross-city cycling and walking Chisholm Trail under way.

6. We have invested over £40million previously left idle in near-nil interest accounts under the Liberal Democrats. And we stand up for Cambridge, winning £227million to unlock development in NE Cambridge and pressing to retain an effective city centre police station as neighbourhood policing is essential in the fight to cut drug dealing and knife crime.

You can see our full 2019 residents’ report at cambridgelabour.org.uk/residents-report and our manifesto at cambridgelabour.org.uk/manifesto.

16 city council seats to be elected

Voters will go to the polls on Thursday, May 2 to elect candidates to 16 of the 42 Cambridge City Council seats.

The council, which is responsible for services including planning, housing, cultural events, car parks, bin collections and environmental health, is currently under Labour control. The Liberal Democrats, which has previously run the authority, will be hoping to make gains, as will the Green party. The Conservatives are fielding candidates too, and UKIP is contesting some wards. One Independent candidate, Sam Davies, will stand in Queen Edith’s (visit sam4qe.com).

In Trumpington, there are two candidates to be elected, due to the resignation of Donald Adey, following his move to Scotland. A by-election is also being held in the Trumpington division of Cambridgeshire County Council, following his resignation from that seat too.

Read all the party pitches for your vote at Cambridge City Council local elections 2019

Conservative pitch

Green Party pitch

Labour pitch

Liberal Democrats' pitch

UKIP pitch

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