Following the sad news about Steve Webb comes this excellent news about Julian Huppert:
Speaking to Varsity, Huppert said “It was a huge honour to have had the chance to represent Cambridge, this great city where I grew up, and have spent most of my life. I’m also proud of what I managed to achieve – helping thousands of people in Cambridge with individual concerns, getting more support for our schools and our NHS, with a particular focus on mental health, which had been neglected for far too many decades, and more support for sustainable transport and affordable housing.
“It was gutting to lose at the last election, and so narrowly. I’ve had lots of people pressing me to stand – Lib Dems of course, but also members from Labour, the Greens, Tories, and the majority who have no fixed party allegiance. I wanted to take some time to think about it properly; I worked flat out as the MP, and it is a huge commitment. However, the EU referendum, and the toxicity that it has caused, finally persuaded me that I couldn’t just sit it out.”
Julian’s scientific knowledge and interesting in evidence-based policy making are both huge attributes which we need much more of in Parliament. Plus he’s also a lovely, dedicated person and the respect with which voters in Cambridge viewed him – however they ended up voting – came through really strongly when I was out canvassing for him last year. I may just be dusting off a train timetable again…
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