ELECTION SPECIAL: Here are the candidates for the Soham North and Isleham divisions for Cambridgeshire County Council
The county is set to go to the polling stations on May 4 to decide who will take the all-important seats at Cambridgeshire County Council for the next four years. Here are the candidates for the Soham North and Isleham divisions.
Isobel Morris – Labour
Isobel grew up in Haddenham and now lives in Ely.
She has been working for Cambridge Assessment for nearly a year, before which she worked for Cambridgeshire County Council as a library assistant for nearly four years.
She said: “I believe in the importance of a well-funded and professionally staffed library service, accessible to all particularly in villages, and in the importance of good local transport services and recycling facilities.
“For Soham, reopening the station and improving bus services to Cambridge and Newmarket will be amongst my priorities.”
Labour’s manifest commitments include rail investment, completion of the Oxford to Cambridge line, contributing to the Wisbech rail link, opening the Soham and Ely North railway station and developing the Addenbrooke’s railway station.
The party also sees increasing freight capacity and reducing bottlenecks at key junctions as key objectives.
Those who travel into Cambridge could be better off too as Labour plans to abolish the £1 park and ride parking charge which they say they have always opposed.
Usage of the site plummeted when it came in and the result has been increased congestion and worse pollution.
Rupert Moss-Eccardt – Lib Dem
Rupert lives and works in Queen Adelaide.
He is a security consultant.
He grew up in Welney before moving to Cambridge, where he became a Cambridgeshire County Councillor.
His priority is ensuring fair funding for all our communities, focusing on transport, health and education.
Many will recall Rupert from his valiant efforts to become police and crime commissioner for Cambridgeshire and he fought both the elections in 2012 and four years later in 2016.
His background as a security consultant and knowledge about the internet, cyber-security and protecting our civil liberties were considered invaluable by his colleagues who selected him. He has been a prolific campaigner and will bring that experience to Shire Hall.
Paul Raynes – Conservative
Paul Raynes is the only candidate who lives in the Soham North and Isleham division.
He and his wife Sarah have four school age children, and are active in their local church.
With a wide experience of both business and public service behind him, Paul is currently a director of a tech company.
He has also worked with councils across the country on transport, economic development and planning.
He has also been an adviser to the government on transport issues, and was a member of a government review of public libraries.
He has also served as a diplomat: one career landmark was that he was in post at the British Embassy in Paris at the time of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.
Paul is campaigning for better local transport links, especially upgrading the A10, an improved junction between the A142 and A14, and the return of a railway station to Soham, together with the line improvements needed to run good connections through to Ely and Cambridge.
He shares the concerns many feel about speeding traffic on residential roads and is pushing for better speed enforcement and safety measures.
He wants to put his business and management experience to ensure better value for taxpayers’ money and a more efficient county council.
Paul wants to preserve local heritage.
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