New leadership team for Cambridgeshire’s Lib Dem group

Lucy Netsingha

Lucy Netsingha - Credit: Archant

The Liberal Democrats in Cambridgeshire have re-shuffled their pack after last week’s damaging night at the polls.

Councillor Lorna Dupre, of Sutton. Picture: Steve Williams.

Councillor Lorna Dupre, of Sutton. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

At Cambridgeshire County Council, Lucy Nethsingha, who stood against Steve Barclay at the General Election, has been named new group leader.

Councillor Nethsingha takes over from Maurice Leeke, who led the group for the last two years.

Meanwhile, at East Cambridgeshire District Council, long-serving Gareth Wilson has been replaced by Lorna Dupre after losing his seat to the Conservatives.

Councillor Dupre represents Sutton on the district council and is one of only two Liberal Democrats who emerged unscathed from last Thursday’s poll. Sue Austen, of Ely, also retained her seat.

Cllr Nethsingha said: “The newly elected Conservative government has already made clear that they will continue with the cuts which have put the county council in an impossible position financially.

“My top priority as leader will be to fight hard to protect our public services where ever I can. Fighting to defend our libraries will be only the first of many battles we are facing defending our public services for the people of Cambridgeshire.”