Responding to the Government’s announcement this afternoon that the elections on May 7th will be postponed for a year, Cllr Tim Bick Leader of the Lib Dems on Cambridge City Council said:
“This seems to us the right decision. It's good that it has been decided at this stage before significant expense was incurred for the administration of the elections. It is a little surprising that the postponement is for as long as 12 months, but no doubt the logic for this will emerge.
"This will at least enable the council and its councillors to give undiluted attention to the role they can play in managing the Coronavirus epidemic locally. They have special responsibilities, for example, with elderly residents in sheltered housing, the welfare of rough sleepers and those who rely on their local community centre. They also need to maintain basic services for the population at large, during a period when their staff may catch the virus like anyone else. An election to run on top of this would distract from that.
"The Lib Dems were aiming to end the 5 years of Labour’s control of the council, but we will now have to wait a bit longer for that."