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Newnham has a long, proud history of electing Labour representatives to both city and county councils.  For long periods during the 1970s, 80s and 90s, Labour ran the city council and Newnham was represented by a string of distinguished and hardworking councillors, including Nobel Prize winning test-tube baby pioneer, Robert Edwards, and past principal of Newnham College, Ruth Cohen.

Subsequently, there was a period when all three city councillors and the county councillor for Newnham were Liberal Democrats and from 2000 until 2014 Lib Dems controlled the City Council.  In the city council elections of May 2014, Labour retook control of the city council and it has increased its majority since then – 26 of the city’s 42 councillors are currently Labour. Labour councillors have been working to make Cambridge a fairer, greener city in which housing is more accessible and prosperity is shared more equally.

In 2021, Niamh Sweeney became the first Labour city councillor in Newnham for 25 years and, in 2022, Cameron Holloway joined her as Newnham’s second Labour city councillor.  Niamh has since resigned to take up a senior position in the National Education Union but Cameron continues to work hard to support residents.

Meet your Newnham Labour team.