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.
More recently, all three city councillors and the county councillor for Newnham have been Liberal Democrats and from 2000 until 2014 Lib Dems controlled the City Council. Sadly, their strategic planning proved inadequate so traffic problems escalated whilst house prices and the cost of rented accommodation in Cambridge soared, preventing many young people who had grown up in the city from settling here.
In the city council elections of May 2014, Labour retook control of the city council and it has increased its majority since then. 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 all recent city council elections in Newnham, approximately a third of voters supported the Liberal Democrats whilst another third supported Labour (the other parties together made up the remaining third of the votes cast).
In 2021, Niamh Sweeney became the first Labour City Councillor in Newnham for 25 years. Niamh has been working hard to support residents over the last year. In 2022, we are hoping to gain a second councillor with our excellent candidate, Cameron Holloway.