Labour dominates in City Council elections

Lili Bidwell 6 May 2016

Labour has increased their hold on Cambridge in the City Council Elections. One third of the 42 seats on the City Council were contested in yesterday's election, with Labour defending a majority of three seats.

The turnout for the recent elections in Cambridge have been significantly higher than in 2012 –  when less than a third of those registered to vote did – with 40.1% of the electorate voting in the council elections and 39.4% in the police Crime Commissioner election.

For the City Council, the results put the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats down by one each whilst Labour has gained two. This means the council is now made up of 26 Labour seats, 13 Lib Dems, two Independents and one Green, with the Lib Dems having taken hold of the only Tory seat.

The Market ward in which many Cambridge University students would have voted, was narrowly won by the Lib Dem candidate Tim Bick with 777 votes, closely followed by Danielle Greene for Labour on 717. The Green Party got 401 votes with the Conservatives well behind on 125.

In Castle ward, another with a heavy student population, Labour achieved a 10.7% swing, but were unable to gain the seat from the Independent John Hipkin. 

These results show an overall Labour gain in their share of the vote compared to 2015, up from 34% to 42%, the Lib Dems stayed at 28%, whilst the Tories are down 17% to 12%. 

The results of the Crime Commissioner election should be annunced later today.