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General Election 2024: Liberal Democrat Pippa Heylings wins South Cambridgeshire seat from Conservatives





Liberal Democrat Pippa Heylings has been elected as MP for South Cambridgeshire, winning the seat from the Conservatives.

Ms Heylings, who has been serving as a South Cambridgeshire district councillor, earned 25,704 votes, beating Tory Chris Carter-Chapman, who secured 15,063.

Sir Ed Davey at the Liberal Democrat campaign launch with Pippa Heylings
Sir Ed Davey at the Liberal Democrat campaign launch with Pippa Heylings

It is the first time that South Cambridgeshire has been represented by any party except the Conservatives, since it was created.

Speaking to the Cambridge Independent, she said she was “absolutely thrilled and humbled at the same time”.

“This is an historic result for South Cambridgeshire,” she said, adding that she was looking forward to “rolling up sleeves and getting to work”.

“It’s just incredible the trust and the faith that South Cambridgeshire people have put in me, and I really want to show them that I’m going to work for them. I’ve listened to them. I’ve heard what they are saying.

“Now on Tuesday, we’ll be in Westminster, and I’ll be championing the NHS, fighting the cost of living crisis, ending the sewage scandal and making sure we tackle the climate change crisis.

“I will make sure everybody is being heard and understood in decisions that are being taken either locally or in Westminster.

“We need to bash some heads together about all of the multiple different transport options that are on the table, but we also need to make sure that nature is high in terms of any decision that is made, but that is balanced with the needs of young people, of key workers of all of those who need to find a home to live in.”

South Cambridgeshire result

Chris Carter-Chapman (Conservative) - 15,063
Harrison Edwards (Reform UK) - 4,897
Miranda Fyfe (Green) - 2,656
James Gordon (Independent) - 459
Pippa Heylings (Liberal Democrats) - 25,704 ELECTED
Luke Viner (Labour) - 6,106

Turnout: 71.3 per cent

Labour’s Luke Viner came in third, with Harrison Edwards, for Reform UK, in fourth, ahead of Green candidate Miranda Fyfe.

The boundary of the South Cambridgeshire constituency was revised this time around, with Cherry Hinton in Cambridge added, but some northern areas, including the towns of Cambourne and Northstowe, moving to the new constituency of St Neots and Mid Cambridgeshire.

Conservative Chris Carter-Chapman at the 2024 General Election count. Picture: Keith Heppell
Conservative Chris Carter-Chapman at the 2024 General Election count. Picture: Keith Heppell

Also included in the constituency are the South Cambridgeshire wards of Balsham, Barrington, Bassingbourn, Duxford, Fen Ditton & Fulbourn, Foxton, Gamlingay, Hardwick, Harston & Comberton, Linton, Melbourn, Sawston, Shelford, The Mordens and Whittlesford.



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