Lord Sainsbury elected University Chancellor

More to follow. 16 October 2011

Lord Sainsbury elected University Chancellor

Lord Sainsbury of Turville, the University’s official candidate, was today named as the next Chancellor of the University of Cambridge.

One hearing his of election, Lord Sainsbury said: “I am pleased and honoured to have been elected as the next Chancellor of Cambridge University, and would like to thank all those who supported me and the other candidates who have made this such a friendly electon.

“I am particularly pleased that the election did not turn into a battle between the arts and humanities and science, or between political parties, and I look forward to championing the university in its entirety at home and abroad for the years ahead.”

Sainsbury gained 2893 of the total 5558 votes, under the Single Transferable Vote.

His closest opponent, actor Brian Blessed, gained 1389 votes. Michael Mansfield QC came third in the race, with 964, and finally Cambridge shopkeeper Abdul Arain gained 312 votes.

More to follow.