Huppert beats Labour at Cambridge Union hustings

Julianspeaking.jpgCambridge MP Julian Huppert beat his Labour rival when students went to the polls in the city.

Julian scored 39.5 per cent of the vote – 17 points ahead of the Labour candidate – in the poll after the Cambridge Union Parliamentary Hustings.

His opening statement drew on his strong track record of delivering positive results for Cambridge since first being elected in 2010, and how if re-elected he would continue to “stand up for us”.

He referred to how he has always puts Cambridge first, even when it meant going against his own party on issues such as bombing Iraq and tuition fees.

Julian, who voted against increasing student tuition fees, said he wanted to give students more financial help while they study with more funds for bursaries and scholarships.

He also discussed his leading role in campaigning to save the Disabled Students’ Allowance, and how he is the first MP in Cambridge’s history to vote against tuition fees.

During the discussion on health and the NHS, Julian received a rousing applause from the audience when he pointed out that none of the other candidates had mentioned Mental Health in their statements. An important issue for many Cambridge students, Julian argued that Mental Health is “always ignored, forgotten about, and put away”, stating “this absolutely has to change”.

Julian’s closing statement discussed how he has a proven record of thinking as an independently-minded MP for Cambridge, willing to go against the government and his own party on issues he has disagreed with.

The hustings, in association with Cam FM, was broadcast live and saw hundreds of students attend the historic venue. The format included a number of questions covering topics such as the cost of living in Cambridge, transport, the NHS, and the representation of women and the electorate as a whole in politics.

You can see the highlights of the hustings here:

Poll Results 

Entry

 

Exit

 

Liberal Democrat

17.0

%

39.5

%

Labour

24.2

%

22.8

%

Conservative

17.7

%

12.6

%

Green

9.8

%

9.0

%

UKIP

5.2

%

7.2

%

Undecided

26.1

%

9.0

%

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