North East Cambridgeshire

2015 Result:
Conservative: 28524 (55.1%)
Labour: 7476 (14.4%)
Lib Dem: 2314 (4.5%)
Green: 1816 (3.5%)
UKIP: 11650 (22.5%)
MAJORITY: 16874 (32.6%)

Category: Very safe Conservative seat

Geography: Eastern, Cambridgeshire. The whole of the Fenland council area and part of East Cambridgeshire council area.

Main population centres: Wisbech, March, Whittlesey, Chatteris, Littleport.

Profile: This seat broadly covers the historic Isle of Ely (indeed, the seat was called the Isle of Ely until boundary changes moved Ely itself out of the seat), a old administrative unit covering the marshy fenland around the tiny city of Ely. This is a rural area, a wide stretch of flat agricultural land reclaimed from marshland in centuries past. The electorate is concentrated in a handful of market towns like Chatteris, Wisbech and March and the economy remains built upon the food industry, basic agriculture but also food processing, storage, packaging and distribution..

Politics: The old Isle of Ely seat was won by the Liberals in a 1973 by-election and represented by Sir Clement Freud, the chef, columnist and television and radio personality. After a surprise by-election win he held the seat for fourteen years through, he used to say, trawling through birth, deaths and marriages in the local paper and writing to congratulate or commisserate with constitutuents at every such opportunity, funded by the money he won backing himself to win the initial by-election at 33 to 1. After Freud was finally unseated in 1987 Liberal support in the seat rapidly faded, becoming once again a safe Tory seat.


Current MP
STEPHEN BARCLAY (Conservative) Born 1972, Lytham St Annes. Educated at King Edward VII School, RMA Sandhurst and Cambridge University. Former Solicitor and army officer. Contested Manchester Blackley 1997, Lancaster and Wyre 2001. First elected as MP for Cambridgeshire North East in 2010. Government whip since 2015.
Past Results
2010
Con: 26862 (52%)
Lab: 9274 (18%)
LDem: 10437 (20%)
UKIP: 2791 (5%)
Oth: 2700 (5%)
MAJ: 16425 (32%)
2005*
Con: 24181 (48%)
Lab: 15280 (30%)
LDem: 8693 (17%)
UKIP: 2723 (5%)
MAJ: 8901 (17%)
2001
Con: 23132 (48%)
Lab: 16759 (35%)
LDem: 6733 (14%)
UKIP: 1189 (2%)
Oth: 238 (0%)
MAJ: 6373 (13%)
1997
Con: 23855 (43%)
Lab: 18754 (34%)
LDem: 9070 (16%)
Oth: 1110 (2%)
MAJ: 5101 (9%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

Demographics
2015 Candidates
STEPHEN BARCLAY (Conservative) See above.
KEN RUSTIDGE (Labour)
LUCY NETHSINGHA (Liberal Democrat)
ANDREW CHARALAMBOUS (UKIP) Born 1967, Highgate. Educated at William Foster School and Queen Mary College. Non practicising barrister. Contested Tottenham 1992, Edmonton 2010 for the Conservatives, Feltham and Heston 2011 by-election for UKIP.
HELEN SCOTT-DANIELS (Green)
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Comments - 63 Responses on “Cambridgeshire North East”
  1. Indeed.

    It is worth adding that the Tories also regained Ryedale in 1987 having lost it to the Liberals in a by-election the previous year. The Conservative held the seat by 5000 over the Liberal Democrats in 1997. It would be interesting to work out how Rydeale would have voted in 2010 and 2015 actually.

  2. I am almost certain Labour would have won in Fulham in 1997 (the Conservative majority was about 16%) but there wouldn’t have been much in it.

  3. Probably similar to Putney I would guess.

  4. Clement Freud revealed as a paedophile.

    His wife has apologised to the victims who have passed information to police.

    He shared an office at Westminster with Cyril Smith.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/06/14/sir-clement-freud-exposed-as-a-paedophille-as-police-urged-to-probe/

  5. How on earth could his wife stay with him, let alone have children with him. It’s mind boggling.

  6. There’s a conspiracy theorists answer to that, and a sensible one. The term paedophile has been deployed very liberally these days, describing people at the Jimmy Saville end of the spectrum right across to cases which are grey areas and more a reflection of different attitudes and different times.

  7. Of the 11 Liberal MPs by the time of the 1974 election, two were paedophiles, one would be accused of conspiracy to murder, and one wound up the party.

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