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In this time of uncertainty, we need MPs who are already equipped with the skills, real life experience, knowledge and courage needed to deal with the big issues Britain is facing like Brexit, social inequality and climate change.  The MP for Cambridge also has a special duty. They must fight day in, day out to make the whole country a more liberal and socially progressive place.

Given the huge challenges facing the country, the person representing Cambridge needs to be liberal to their core, creative at bringing forward new ideas, open to other views and with the experience to convert them into real change. Cambridge’s MP must be able to be beacon for the values that residents of the city hold dear from day one. 

I have the knowledge, real life experience and skills needed to do this.  I want to work with you, whether you are a longstanding member or joined the party after the referendum.  Together we can take the fight to Labour and make Cambridge Liberal Democrat again.

  • Values

    Building an open and progressive Britain.

    Fighting BREXIT is the first stage of this – as our candidate Rod will build on his strong record of fighting to keep us in the EU. Rod is a passionate European, he fundamentally believes in the positive internationalist values of the European project. 

    His strong belief in us remaining at the heart of Europe, led him to be a lead campaigner in a grass roots cross party campaign, Cambridge for Europe. Rod has the necessary policy expertise, campaigning know how and the professional background needed. As a business owner who works across and beyond the EU, Rod can speak out with authority about the real problems BREXIT is already causing, BREXIT isn't an abstract idea to him. Right now it is damaging the lives of his colleagues, friends and neighbours.

    But we need to do far more to build a more tolerant and inclusive society. Rod has always believed that Liberals have a duty to fight discrimination whether it’s based on gender, class, disability, religion, race, age or sexuality. Rod will be a champion for all residents regardless of their background.


    Redressing social inequalities.

    This is at the heart of Rod’s lifelong values.  For Rod this means working together to ensure that everyone has access to a decent home, to high quality life long education, to a real living wage and to first class health and social care services.

    As a trustee of Wintercomfort for the Homeless locally and through his work for Shelter nationally, Rod is committed to ensuring that everyone in our society has a home.  Rod has a track record of bringing forward creative solutions, such as a local living rent (where affordable housing is offered on the basis of 30% of a household income not on distorted market rents) so that young people and families can afford to live in Cambridge. As our Parliamentary candidate, he will work to guarantee that everyone has access to decent housing.

    Young people tell Rod that with the world of work changing dramatically, they want an education system that equips them for life.  He has been a strong voice for fairer funding for our local schools.  As our mayoral candidate, Rod called for greater investment in apprenticeships locally, so that teenagers have the skills they and businesses need.

    Today, many people are struggling to make ends meet, they have not seen a pay increase for a number of years but where their cost of living, particularly food and energy bills has seen a big increase.  Rod believes that everyone deserves to get a fair wage for the work they do.  He is a supporter of the Living Wage Foundation and was responsible for the introduction of the Real Living Wage to Cambridge City Council some five years ago.  Rod continues to campaign for Cambridge to be a Real Living Wage city.

    Cambridge is world leading in health and life sciences. Yet, due to chronic under funding, waiting times are growing for many services and our health and care professionals are under severe and unfair pressure.  Rod is committed to fighting for proper funding for our local health service. 


    Protecting our environment.

    In his political career Rod has worked hard to protect the global environment and tackle climate change. Rod firmly believes that unless we take action, climate change could be life threatening.

    Air quality in Cambridge is one of the poorest in the country caused by the level of congestion we face on a daily basis. As mayoral candidate, Rod fought on a platform of delivering a green integrated public transport strategy for the city to address air pollution with short term solutions such as the use of electric buses whilst exploring long term ideas like light rail and bullet bus.  Continuing this fight will be one of his top priorities as our Parliamentary candidate.

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  • Cambridge

    Rod has a track record of delivering for the residents of Cambridge for over a decade, be it in Newnham or across the city


    Delivering for the city

    • Put in place the high sustainable new housing development, with 50% affordable housing on the Southern Fringe
    • Delivered new tree planting programme on the city’s open spaces
    • Saved the Alexandra Garden trees
    • Introduced the Real living wage in to the council
    • Introduced more allotments across the city
    • Created the joint venture with Cambridge University for community facilities on one of the urban extensions
    • Put in place the community build project in North Cambridge 


    As a campaigner

    • Fighting the redevelopment of the Hilton Doubletree Hotel overlooking Mill Pond
    • Opposing the increase in mooring fees for River Cam Boaters
    • Battling the cutting back of trees on Alexandra Gardens
    • Opposing the off-road Cambourne to Cambridge bus route – cutting across the green belt of the West Fields
    • Called for Cambridge to become a Real living wage city


    Fighting for Newnham

    • New benches across the ward
    • Successfully fighting the cuts in the local bus service in Newnham
    • Funding for the renovation of Penarth Place Play area
    • Introduced solar stud lighting across Lammas Land green space
    • Introduced new play equipment on Lammas Land
    • Opposed inappropriate planning applications – new block of flats on Eltisley Avenue
    • Campaigned for the tennis court to be refurbished 
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