Councillor Profiles

City Councillor Ann Sinnott 


Phone: 07981 970815
Twitter: @AnnMSinnott

Ann Sinnott first lived in Cambridge during the 1970s and returned in 2004. She was elected to represent Petersfield in May 2014. Before joining the Petersfield Labour Team, she was involved in the campaign to save Wilton Terrace. Ann has a background in community activism, teaching, journalism and is a published author. For the last nine years, she has worked as a senior administrator for Cambridge University and has managed divisions and monitored multimillion-pound research grants.

Ann says, ‘Dismay and anger drove me to return to Labour Party activism. I was horrified by changes to our NHS and our education system, by the way students and parents were duped over tuition fees and by the cruel and unnecessary targeting of the vulnerable and disadvantaged.

'I understand and sympathise with residents’ concerns and the issues that beset the ward: traffic, parking, planning issues, lack of open green space, play spaces, street-drinking and dog-fouling. My philosophy is to work with energy and commitment alongside residents in their struggles to protect and improve Petersfield and defend their quality of life.

'I’m proud to be a female Labour councillor. More women in politics are needed – to fight on issues that affect women and to change the political culture. I intervened on domestic violence and forced Cambridge’s Safety Partnership to prioritise the issue. At my instigation, tackling domestic violence is now a manifesto pledge for Cambridge Labour.'

County Councillor Linda Jones


Phone: 07975 964203

'I am a longstanding Petersfield resident with a successful track record in campaigning on transport and public health issues. I have a strong commitment to social justice and defending public services. As a Professor of Health at The Open University, I know how education enables people to grow and change, and will fight for high-quality educational opportunities for all.

I pledge to fight to:

  • Invest in social care and affordable housing, and to reduce poverty
  • Protect funding for education, schools and libraries
  • Improve local road safety through better traffic management at the station and elsewhere in the City
  • Press for road resurfacing and pavement improvements
  • Achieve more residents’ parking
  • Tackle congestion and reduce the impact of air pollution'

City Councillor Richard Robertson richard_robertson.jpg

He is a trustee and treasurer of both the Cambridge Cyrenians, who help house and support single homeless people, and the national children and young people’s charity, Woodcraft Folk. Richard is a youth leader with Cambridge Woodcraft Folk, helping run the groups which meet in the St Matthews area. He is also an elected director of a Fenland wind turbine co-operative and is a long term advocate of green issues.
Richard was a Petersfield councillor for the 8 years to 1991 when he stood down to have time for his daughter who was then a one year old. He was elected to represent Petersfield again in May 2014. He is a chartered accountant with a career in the not-for-profit sector. Richard spent 15 years as Finance Manager at Cambridge Housing Society and a further 15 years in a similar post at Newnham College.

While a Petersfield Councillor first time round he gained experience of dealing with local issues such as environmental improvements, planning and parking, and was Chair of the City’s Finance Committee for four years including the infamous Poll Tax era.  Richard says: 'It was an honour to serve the residents of Petersfield and I am pleased to take on that role again. I was drawn to stand again for election because of the way the Tory and Lib Dem Government are undermining the welfare state and increasing inequality. Cambridge is a relatively prosperous city but many people are missing out and are struggling to manage financially.

'The Minimum Wage was a great innovation by the Labour Party but in places like Cambridge, with its high cost of living, it is not enough. We now need the higher, Living Wage – Labour’s other trail-blazing policy – to be implemented here. I helped draw up the City’s anti-poverty strategy to deal with Thatcher’s attacks on ordinary people in 1989. Over the past months I have been helping the Labour councillors develop policies to deal with low income and exclusion today. In the 14 years the LibDems have been running Cambridge they have not done enough to help local people share in the prosperity of the City, nor protected us all from exploitation, for example by rapacious developers.

'I am willing to work hard for you and apply our manifesto of developing services, sharing the prosperity and working for you on local issues, especially planning.'

City Councillor Kevin Blencowe kevin_blencowe.jpg

Phone: 07914 700602

I first came to Cambridge in 1982 to study modern history at what is now Anglia Ruskin University and I’ve lived and worked in and around the Petersfield area ever since. I became a youth worker and sports coach and I spent many years working at the Cambridge YMCA, near Parkers Piece.

I have 20 years’ experience as a city councillor for Petersfield, first elected in 1994 and most recently re-elected in May 2011. I’m committed to work for the betterment of the Petersfield neighbourhood, supporting community initiatives and helping local people and, if re-elected, I will continue to work hard to improve our streets and our neighbourhood. I have a practical, "can-do", problem solving approach and a keen sense of fairness and compassion, together with a wide knowledge of housing and planning issues. I am fully aware that a four-year term of public office on your behalf requires considerable time, energy and enthusiasm - not forgetting a dose of common sense.

For those of us who fervently believe in the value of public services to our city, these are clearly difficult times both financially and politically. Last year city residents voted in a Labour run council for the first time this century. The newly-elected Labour team and I are determined to deliver top quality city council services to our residents in the face of the Coalition’s continued austerity agenda.

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