Lib Dems: ‘We’ll hold Labour Cambridge City Council administration to account’
The Liberal Democrats on Cambridge City Council will continue to hold the Labour administration to account, leader Tim Bick has said.
Cllr Bick said he was “disappointed” not to take control from Labour following Thursday’s election, but pleased to break new territory.
In a statement released after the result, Cllr Bick said: “We set out to bring about change both to the county and the city. We have happily succeeded with first, but sadly the second will have to wait for now, as Labour will remain in control of the city council.
“I am naturally disappointed at this within the city council. I'm also very sorry to have lost two valued and hard-working colleagues, Anthony Martinelli and Josh Matthews, and that several others didn’t quite get across the line this time.
“I’d like to congratulate those who won seats from all parties and look forward to working with them in the future. For all concerned, this was a difficult election conducted under unusual circumstances.
“But I am delighted that amongst the swings and roundabouts Lib Dems broke new territory in East Chesterton and ousted Labour from Trumpington. It is also great to be able to welcome as many as five first time new city councillors to our group, bringing voices of diversity and experience into the public debate and into the public service.
“We will be continuing to argue for the priorities we campaigned on as well as to hold the Labour administration to account.”
The final tally for Cambridge City Council sees Labour with 27 seats, the Lib Dems with 12, the Greens with two and one independent - Sam Davies in Queen Edith’s.