Saturday, 12 January 2013

Cambridge MP Julian Huppert Re-Selected As General Election Candidate

Liberal Democrat Cambridge MP
Julian Huppert

Cambridge Liberal Democrats have given MP Julian Huppert their official backing to stand again as their general election candidate in 2015.

Members gathered last night (Friday, January 11) to select Julian as their Prospective Parliamentary Candidate when the country goes to the polls in two years time.

Julian has held the Cambridge Parliamentary seat since being elected in 2010 with a majority of almost 7,000. His appointment came after many years in local politics representing the city’s East Chesterton ward on Cambridgeshire County Council and leading the county’s Lib Dem group.

Since being elected as the city’s MP he has played a full role in Parliamentary business sitting on the Home Affairs Select Committee, dealing with issues such as policing and immigration, and joint Committees on human rights, the draft Defamation Bill and the draft Communications Data Bill.

He has also been vice-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Groups on drug policy reform, cycling, local government and the digital economy.

Julian, who was voted one of the most influential Lib Dems by the Telegraph, has championed the cause of science and evidence-based policy since his election and campaigned to scrap nuclear weapons.

Transport issues have been a major part of Julian’s work and he fought to get a reduction in rail fares and has taken a lead role in a four county summit to get improvements to rail services across East Anglia. He has also been a lead campaigner for many years for Chesterton Station, persuading the Rail Minister to visit Cambridge to push the project forward.

He has fought for local powers to protect bus services and secured funding for cycling and cycle parking in the city.

The protection of Cambridge’s pubs and independent shops are vitally important to Julian and he has been pushing a Bill through Parliament to change the planning rules to give them greater security.

And in the last few days Julian has led a Parliamentary debate in a bid to secure a fair share of funding for schools and sixth forms across Cambridgeshire.

The BBC has said he is 'Seen as the star of the "class of 2010" MPs who entered Parliament at the last election', and the Guardian wrote 'a good local MP – keen on science and civil liberties, independent-minded in the way Cambridge likes its parliamentary representatives'.

Cambridge Liberal Democrats Party Chair, Spencer Hagard said: “Our members have been very impressed with the way Julian has taken Cambridge issues to the heart of this government.

“In just a short time he has proved an influential MP who has earned a great deal of respect not only from his own party but also from his Parliamentary colleagues.”

Julian said: “I am delighted and honoured to have been officially selected to fight the Cambridge seat in 2015. I grew up here, and it has been a priviledge to represent this wonderful City.

“I have consistently tried to stand up for Cambridge and for Cambridge's values. Where the government has got things right - such as by lifting millions of poorly-paid people out of income tax, I've been delighted to support it. But when they get things badly wrong, I've kept to my principles and voted against their proposals. Locally, I've helped people from all parts of the city - I've had about 15,000 messages from people in Cambridge asking for my help or wanting to discuss a policy issue.

"I have worked hard to make our government realise the importance of Cambridge and the need to invest in our city and we are getting things done; but there is still so much more that we can achieve.

"Only the Liberal Democrats will build both a stronger economy and a fairer society, so that everyone can get on in life.”