Cambridgeshire County Council elections will be held on Thursday 4th May 2017. Following a boundary review, many of the electoral divisions are revised and this makes their outcomes less certain.
Labour are fielding candidates in every division. This is one of our strongest groups of potential councillors with a wide range of experience and knowledge. You can read brief summaries below or click on the links for copies of their main campaign leaflets.
"I have lived in Ely with my family for 25 years, and both my children attended St John’s primary school and Ely Community College. I also spent a number of years coaching the junior teams at Ely rugby club. In my employment with the Audit Commission Inspection Service and the Local Government Association I have worked with many local councils across England and Wales on improvement projects, gaining a great deal of experience into what innovative local councils can achieve for their residents. I would look to bring this experience to initiate positive change for the residents of Ely.”
My family and I have lived in Ely for 13 years from where I commuted to work in London and Cambridge. I have a public service background working at The National Archives and more recently, in education policy at a regional level.
As parent to two children being educated in Ely, I have received letters from their schools explaining how they will cope with real-terms cut delivered by the latest version of the schools funding formula.
I will combine this commitment to speak up for local schools with my experience from working in regional government. With this know-how, I can ensure Ely South has a more effective voice.
SUTTON including Witchford
Dr Chris Horne
Living in Witchford for many years and serving Sutton and the villages as a GP, I know this patch very well. I am involved with Witchford Archers as well as the Open Spaces Group. I am standing for election because the area needs someone who will speak up for our basic services like health, social care, and schools. The NHS is in a critical condition In Cambridgeshire, with lengthening waiting times for GP appointments. With Ely’s Minor Injuries Unit and other facilities still under pressure, my medical background will enable me to make an impact on this issue.
I grew up in Haddenham, and now live in Ely. I've been working for Cambridge Assessment for nearly a year, before which I worked for Cambridgeshire County Council as a Library Assistant for nearly four years. I believe in the importance of a well-funded and professionally staffed library service, accessible to all particularly in villages, and in the importance of good local transport services and recycling facilities. For Soham, reopening the station and improving bus services to Cambridge and Newmarket will be amongst my priorities.
SOHAM SOUTH & HADDENHAM
I have lived in Haddenham since 1988, have brought up four children here and looked after my parents in their last years I was a lecturer at Charing Cross Hospital Medical School. I am a scientist but am particularly interested in children, families and education. I have been on the committee of Cambridgeshire Holiday Orchestra for 18 years, latterly as Chair. I would use my experience to provide a strong voice for Soham South, Haddenham and the villages.
Jane Frances is a policy adviser for a leading charity, working and living locally.
'My education work involves dealing with legislation and using research plus teachers' and families' personal experience to devise solutions that are practical, effective and affordable. I offer these skills and experience to help maintain and improve the ordinary things that matter so much in and around Littleport at this time of cuts, through addressing transport, environment and community issues with fresh energy and determination.'