Lib Dems name Julian Huppert as general election candidate

January 16, 2010 12:33 AM
Julian Huppert

Julian Huppert

Cambridge Liberal Democrats have selected Julian Huppert as their parliamentary candidate to fight the General Election.

Julian was selected from a shortlist of six candidates who fought for the position at Hustings at The Michaelhouse Centre in Trinity Street, Cambridge last night (Friday).

The ballot was called after MP David Howarth decided to stand down at the general election to return to his academic career at Clare College.

Julian said: "I am delighted and honoured to be given the chance to fight for this seat in the general election in my home town; it is a great privilege."

Julian grew up in Cambridge and has represented the diverse interests of the city, including the universities, students, council estates and the knowledge economy as county councillor for East Chesterton between 2001 and 2009 and as Lib Dem group leader. He is a member of Liberty's national council.

Julian works as a scientist at the Cavendish Laboratory and believes that his scientific background is one of his great strengths in fighting for the Cambridge seat in Parliament.

"So many decisions from climate change to health care require detailed understanding of what is actually happening," he told members. "We must try to change the way policies are made in this country so that they are made for clear reasons and not just as knee jerk reactions to media scare stories."

Speaking on climate change he said he was proud to be "green" and that all Lib Dem policies from transport to housing were environmentally sustainable.

"I will continue to fight for our liberal, progressive, green and international values," he said.

David Howarth said: "I am delighted that Julian has been chosen as the candidate for the general election. He brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the position and I am confident the future is in good hands."

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