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Honorary councillors

Any former councilllor who has given a long period of service to the city council is eligible for appointment as an honorary councillor.

There are currently 29 honorary councillors.

Details of the conditions of election and rights granted are listed at the bottom of this page.

Conservative councillors

  • Sylvia Dolby: 11 years (1976 to 1987)
  • Graham Edwards: 24 years (1976 to 1978 and 1978 to 2000)
  • Sonja Froggett: 8 years (1988 to 1996), mayor in 1995/96
  • George Reid: 14 years (1976 to 1982 and 1987 to 1995), mayor in 1990/91

Labour councillors

  • Frank Gawthrop: 12 years (1978 to 1990)
  • Raith Overhill: 19 years (1973 to 1976, 1982 to 1990 and 1995 to 2003)
  • Daphne Roper: 8 years (1991 to 1999), mayor in 1997/98
  • Richard Smith: 26 years (1980 to 2006), mayor in 1999/2000
  • Terry Sweeney: 16 years (1972 to 1988), mayor in 1987 (part year), also county councillor (1973 to 1977)
  • John Woodhouse: 12 years (1980 to 1992), mayor in 1986/87 and 1989/90
  • Peter Wright: 33 years (1959 to 1993), mayor in 1972/73

Liberal Democrat councillors

  • Jenny Bailey: 6 years (2002 to 2008), mayor in 2007/08
  • Max Boyce: 11 years (2003 to 2014)
  • Alan Charlesworth: 16 years (1980 to 1988 and 1990 to 1998)
  • Mike Dixon: 12 years (1999 to 2011), mayor in 2008/09
  • Sarah Ellis-Miller: 10 years (2000 to 2010)
  • Gaynor Griffiths: 11 years (1992 to 2003), also county councillor (2005 to 2009)
  • David Howarth: 17 years (1987 to 2004)
  • Evelyn Knowles: 16 years (1987 to 2003), mayor in 2000/01
  • Chris Lakin: 8 years (1994 to 2002), mayor in 2001/02, also South Cambridgeshire councillor
  • Jennifer Liddle: 11 years (2000 to 2007 and 2008 to 2012)
  • Ian Nimmo-Smith: 22 years (1990 to 2012), mayor in 2011/12
  • Sian Reid: 14 years (2002 to 2016)
  • Joye Rosenstiel: 26 years (1982 to 2008), mayor in 1994/95
  • Philippa Slatter: 13 years (1995 to 2008), mayor in 2002/03
  • Catherine Smart: 18 years (1998 to 2016)
  • Baroness Smith of Newnham (formerly Julie Smith): 12 years (2003 to 2015)
  • Sheila Stuart: 10 years (2004 to 2014), mayor in 2010/11 and 2012/13
  • Roman Znajek: 9 years (1991 to 1999, 2010 to 2012)

Scheme of appointment

Former councillors can be elected as honorary councillors under the following scheme:

  1. This Council may in accordance with the provisions of this scheme, elect a person who has been a member of the City Council, and ceases to be such a member, to the position of “Honorary Councillor”.
  2. No rights or privileges other than those conferred by this scheme shall be enjoyed by an Honorary Councillor.
  3. No person shall be eligible normally for election as an Honorary Councillor unless s/he has served as a Councillor at least 10 years (or a person who has been Mayor, for 8 years) whether continuously or not.
  4. Application for election as an Honorary Councillor shall be made either by the applicant him/herself or by some member of the Council on his/her behalf. Such application shall be submitted to the Chief Executive for consideration by the Civic Affairs Committee of the Council. It shall be in the discretion of the Civic Affairs Committee to make or withhold a recommendation to the Council. The names of those applicants who are not recommended by the Civic Affairs Committee shall not be recorded in the report of that Committee to the Council.
  5. Election to the position of Honorary Councillor shall be by a resolution of the Council passed on the recommendation of the Civic Affairs Committee by not less than two-thirds of the members present and voting thereon at a meeting of the Council, the summons to which contains special notice that included in the business to be transacted is the election of an Honorary Councillor.
  6. In the event of an Honorary Councillor resuming membership of the Council, s/he shall cease to hold the position of Honorary Councillor and such rights and privileges as attach to that position; and the Chief Executive shall make a suitable alteration to the Roll of Honorary Councillors.
  7. An Honorary Councillor shall be entitled to the following rights and privileges:
    • In civic processions, Honorary Councillors shall take precedence immediately after serving Councillors and shall have precedence amongst themselves according to the number of years service on the Council.
    • On request, to receive a copy of the Council summons, together with Council and Committee minutes.
    • At each meeting of the Council to have a seat in a block reserved for the use of Honorary Councillors.
    • The use, in common with members of the Council, of the Members’ Room in the Guildhall.
    • To be invited, where circumstances permit, to those civic functions to which all members of the Council are invited.
    • To receive a copy of the Diary and Year Book issued by the Council.
    • On death, to have a flag flown above the Guildhall at half-mast.
  8. It shall be competent for the Council in any particular case to withdraw Honorary Membership and the attached rights and privileges on the recommendation of the Civic Affairs Committee. Such withdrawal of Honorary Membership shall be by resolution of the Council passed by not less that two-thirds of the members present and voting thereon at a meeting of the Council, the summons to which contains special notice that included in the business to be transacted is the withdrawal of Honorary Membership. On the passing of such resolution the Chief Executive shall delete the name of the person concerned from the Roll of Honorary Councillors.

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