At the Cambridge Conservative Association’s AGM tonight it was my honour to be elected as Chairman of the association for the coming year. Lord Balfe of Dulwich is now the President.

See below for the press release.

News from Cambridge Conservative Association

Sarah Carrick
28 Feb 2014


Cambridge Conservatives have recruited two political heavy weights to lead the association as they seek to shake up politics in Cambridge.

At the AGM, Lord Balfe was confirmed as the new President of the association and Nick Clarke was elected as the Chairman.

The move signals a determination to back business and opportunity for all rather than bandwagon politics and indecision which has held back Cambridge and been the hallmark of the local Liberal Democrat and Labour parties.

The pair will help spearhead the Conservative campaign to enhance Cambridge’s world status as a place to live in, invest in and do business in.

Richard Balfe has been a member of the Greater London Council and was an MEP for 25 years before becoming a Conservative life peer in 2013. Richard lives in Cambridge.

Richard said “I am delighted to be part of a vibrant growing team that seeks to promote positive Conservative values and return elected Conservatives to our city. Cambridge businesses and its universities are at the cutting edge of this countries economy and need to be supported”.

Nick Clarke was, until recently, the Leader of Cambridgeshire County Council and is a successful local businessman.

Nick said “Cambridge is a can do city with a unique historic setting and a vibrant mix of communities but hampered by can‘t do politicians who lack vision and embroiled in bandwagon politics. We lead the UK and the world in ideas and innovation that attracts some of the largest international companies as well as giving opportunities to the very smallest. I see a local Conservative group eager and energised to help grow the success that is Cambridge while protecting this unique city for its residents and families. We want to deliver our vision, based on back to basics Conservative values that gives everyone a chance to succeed and stand on their own two feet while helping support those that can’t. Those who have worked hard, worked themselves up, achieved, must not be let down.

“There is growing momentum and support for what Conservatives have achieved locally when others had put them for decades in the too hard to achieve pile. Local Conservatives have led on the new rail station for Cambridge, county wide superfast broadband and upgrading of the A14.

What excites is that at the last General Election 12,829 good folk of Cambridge voted Conservative. This was a positive swing of 8.3% in only a five month election campaign. This is why I am looking forward to this new role and helping give Cambridge residents a true Conservative choice and team that is working on their behalf to bring jobs, prosperity and opportunity while protecting our most vulnerable.”

Notes for editors:
For further information, contact: Sarah Carrick on 07808 047452
Nick Clarke on 07876 561781

At the 2010 General Election Conservatives came second polling 12,829 votes (25.8%) beating Labour into third place.
Cambridge was a Conservative constituency from 1967 to 1992, when it was taken by Labour’s Anne Campbell, who held onto the seat for 13 years (in this case three Parliamentary terms). In 2005 it was taken by David Howarth of the Liberal Democrats; his successor, Julian Huppert, held the seat for the Liberal Democrats in the 2010 general election.

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