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Candidates for Newnham by-election announced

News release from 16/07/2019

ON THURSDAY 8 August a by-election takes place in the Newnham ward of the city following the resignation of former councillor Lucy Nethsingha.

Candidates have been announced as follows:

  • Josh Matthews (Liberal Democrats)
  • Mark Slade (Green Party Candidate)
  • Michael David Spencer (The Conservative Party Candidate)
  • Niamh Marian Sweeney (Labour Party)

Antoinette Jackson, Returning Officer for the by-election, said: “Local councillors make some important decisions about where you live and how your taxes are spent, so if you live in Newnham I would encourage you to vote if you can do so.

“If you have moved recently, are a student wishing to vote in Cambridge, or know that you are not yet registered to vote, you should register by 23 July in order to vote on 8 August. As it is the holiday season you may also want to consider applying for a postal vote or appointing a proxy to vote on your behalf if you might be away when the postal vote arrives.” 

Anyone wishing to vote who has not registered already can do so by 11.59pm on Tuesday 23 July either online at or by calling 01223 457048 for a paper application form.

If you are registered but will be away on 8 August, you can apply for a postal or proxy vote by downloading a form from

The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on Wednesday 24 July and the deadline to apply for a proxy vote is 5pm on Wednesday 31 July.

Postal vote packs for existing postal voters and new applications received by 10 July will be issued on 17 July and those for applications made between 11 July and 24 July will be issued on 26 July.

Postal votes are sent first-class but as polling day falls in the holiday season, postal voters may well be away at the time postal votes arrive in the mail or not back in time to post them back. The council recommends that if residents have any concerns about this, that they appoint a proxy to vote on their behalf.”

Postal votes can be sent anywhere in the UK but we do not advise they be sent abroad, as overseas postal systems can cause delays.

Polling stations in Newnham will be open from 7am to 10pm on polling day, Thursday 8 August.