The Liberal Democrat team in Market Ward for Cambridge's crucial 2021 local elections has been confirmed. Current representatives Cllr Tim Bick, Cllr Anthony Martinelli and Cllr Katie Porrer are standing for re-election to the City Council. They have been joined by new candidate Yemi Macaulay, who is standing for the Market County seat, and Mark Argent who is standing for the Petersfield County seat which covers the Newtown area.
Cllr Tim Bick, who has represented Market since 2008, commented: "We are delighted to announce our candidates for this year's elections in Cambridge, where we are promising a fresh start for the city. Over the last year we have been heavily involved in supporting many of our residents through the issues created by the pandemic and we hope that we will have the opportunity to continue this as we begin our community's recovery. This year holds a unique opportunity to elect the entirety of the City Council at once, alongside the County Council and the Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough - meaning real, local, community-driven change is possible.
"Councillors in Market have a long record of campaigning hard on issues that matter to our residents, ranging from rough sleeping and housing, to traffic congestion and air pollution. We have won funding for huge numbers of projects in the Ward aimed at improving and maintaining our open spaces and highways over the years and will continue to do this if re-elected. In 2021 alone we have spearheaded major campaigns to reopen Cambridge's market, stop the Jesus Green mast, and ensure cows continue to graze on our commons.
"A change to ward boundaries this year means that Market will now include the Newtown area, previously of Trumpington, and we have already been working hard there, consolidating the efforts of current Lib Dem councillors for that ward. Mark Argent, who is standing with us in Newtown as our County candidate for Petersfield Division, has the skills and enthusiasm to help find solutions to the chronic traffic problems in the area. As demonstrated by the current road reorganisations, this challenge can only be approached with intensive consultation and community engagement.
"Finally, we are hugely grateful for the hard work Cllr Nichola Harrison has put in over the last four years, and we are certain that Yemi Macaulay will do a brilliant job at following on from her and many other previous Liberal councillors in Market Division, which we have held since 1973."