The Cambridge City parliamentary constituency comprises the city of Cambridge and the immediately adjacent districts of Chesterton, Fen Ditton, Newnham, Trumpington and Cherry Hinton. Queen Edith is a city council ward but does not form part of the parliamentary constituency.
Cambridge was a Conservative parliamentary constituency until 1992 when it was taken by Labour’s Anne Campbell, who held the seat for three Parliamentary terms. In 2005 it was taken by David Howarth of the Liberal Democrats. As a university town, Cambridge has a large student population, so Labour’s controversial plans for university top-up fees may well have been a major factor in the 2005 election.
Since 2008 Conservative voters have been the second largest group in city council elections with over 25% of the vote, although the ward structure means that the Conservatives still only have one city councillor. In 2009 the Conservatives were runners up in the European elections. This year Conservatives came top in a poll run by Cambridge News on ‘Which party will you vote for in the General Election?’ with 31%, compared to 27% and 14% for Lib Dem and Labour respectively.
Facts and Figures
The total population in 2001 was recorded as 100,785:
- Male: 50.2%
- Female: 49.8%
- Under 18: 16.4%
- Over 60: 16.5%
- Born outside UK: 19.2%
Overall the population is well educated and more affluent than many towns or cities in the region, although this masks the fact that there are areas of the city that are deprived and in need of regeneration. Average house prices are much higher than those prevailing in the region and this, together with the very high student population, mean that home ownership is relatively low and social housing occupation is relatively high:
- Full time students: 24.1%
- Graduates 16-74: 40.7%
- Owner-Occupied: 52%
- Social Housing: 24.3% (Council: 18.1%, Housing Ass.: 6.2%)
- Privately Rented: 17.7%
Following their review of parliamentary representation in Cambridgeshire, the Boundary Commission for England has made minor alterations to the existing constituencies to deal with population changes. One Cambridge City Council ward in the south of the city (Queen Edith’s) is in Cambridgeshire South parliamentary constituency. The electoral wards to be fought at the 2010 general election are therefore:
- Cherry Hinton
- East Chesterton
- King’s Hedges
- West Chesterton