South Cambridgeshire

2015 Result:
Conservative: 31454 (51.1%)
Labour: 10860 (17.6%)
Lib Dem: 9368 (15.2%)
Green: 3848 (6.3%)
UKIP: 6010 (9.8%)
MAJORITY: 20594 (33.5%)

Category: Very safe Conservative seat

Geography: Eastern, Cambridgeshire. Part of South Cambridgeshire council area and one ward from Cambridge council area.

Main population centres: Great Shelford, Sawston, Cottenham, Haslingfield, Comberton, Girton, Bar Hill, Cambourne.

Profile: A mostly rural seat to the East of Cambridge. There are few significant centres of population, with most of the electorate scattered across many small and prosperous villages. Cambridge itself is too large for a single seat so one ward, the affluent Queen Edith`s with includes Addenbrooke`s Hospital, is included in this seat. Notable settlements include the purpose built new villages of Bar Hill and Cambourne, Duxford which houses the Imperial War Museum`s aviation museum, and Great Shelford, an affluent village that in 2009 was traced back as the home of Barack Obama`s ancestors.

Politics: A safe Conservative seat, held by the party on various boundaries since 1950.


Current MP
ANDREW LANSLEY (Conservative) Born 1965, Hornchurch. Educated at Brentwood School and Exeter University. Former civil servant and head of the Conservative Research Department. First elected as MP for South Cambridgeshire in 1997. Shadow health secretary 2003-2010. Secretary of State for Health 2010-2012, Leader of the House of Commons 2012-2014. Awarded the CBE in 1992 for political services. Suffered a minor stroke in 1992.
Past Results
2010
Con: 27995 (47%)
Lab: 6024 (10%)
LDem: 20157 (34%)
UKIP: 1873 (3%)
Oth: 3007 (5%)
MAJ: 7838 (13%)
2005*
Con: 23676 (45%)
Lab: 10189 (19%)
LDem: 15675 (30%)
UKIP: 1556 (3%)
Oth: 1552 (3%)
MAJ: 8001 (15%)
2001
Con: 21387 (44%)
Lab: 11737 (24%)
LDem: 12984 (27%)
GRN: 1182 (2%)
Oth: 1051 (2%)
MAJ: 8403 (17%)
1997
Con: 22572 (42%)
Lab: 13485 (25%)
LDem: 13860 (26%)
Oth: 466 (1%)
MAJ: 8712 (16%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

Demographics
2015 Candidates
HEIDI ALLEN (Conservative)
DAN GREEF (Labour)
SEBASTIAN KINDERSLEY (Liberal Democrat) Contested South Cambridgeshire 2010.
MARION MASON (UKIP)
SIMON SAGGERS (Green) Contested Cambridgeshire South 2010.
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Comments - 212 Responses on “Cambridgeshire South”
  1. Probably the most well known person in CUK is an household name – but only in Poland. The rest are not really known – Rachel Johnson surname is of course well known but she herself is not an household name.

  2. Lots of people will have seen Gavin Esler on TV but fee would probably be able to put a name to him.

  3. So last nights ‘Have I Got News For You’ was pulled due to concerns over impartiality (Heidi Allen was a guest). Bit of a cock up by the BBC…particularly as I fear they will be shoving Farage in our faces for the next couple of weeks.

  4. They’re on just 3% in the latest poll for the Euros. They’ll end up as an asterisk if they’re not careful.

  5. What a political flop.

  6. Anna Soubry is the new leader of Change UK – Chris Leslie, Joan Ryan, Mike Gapes and Ann Coffey have also remained in the party.

    Chuka Umunna, Luciana Berger, Heidi Allen, Gavin Shuker, Sarah Wollaston and Angela Smith have left the party.

  7. I can’t imagine why the MPs involved would ever think this would work. A huge flop, and pretty embarrassing for them.

  8. It could have worked, they just made a total mess of it.

    The Brexit party shows us that a new party with a crystal clear USP can succeed.

    CUK should have become the Stop Brexit party from Day 1, using the several million signatures on the Revoke petition as their core voter base and quickly built from there.

    Muddying Brexit together with internal Labour party issues like the anti-Semitism scandal was a big mistake from Day 1.

    Also the marmite nature of some of the members, Chuka and Soubry especially. Personally I couldn’t bring myself to vote for a party with Chuka in it, doubtless many people on the left would never vote for a party with Soubry in it.

  9. What’s your problem with Chuka? He’s the sort of bland, inoffensive politician that I wouldn’t expect to put off anyone except for purity-obsessed headbangers (and racists, I guess).

  10. He’s just the kind of vacuous narcissist I detest. On policy we probably agree on a lot but I just can’t stand him personally.

    Many Labour people will feel the same in reverse about Tories such as Clarke and Heseltine.

  11. The Antisemtism scandal was why Change Uk got their best result of the country in Barnet

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