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Cambridge is a constituency represented in the House of Commonsmarker of the Parliament of the United Kingdommarker.


The constituency roughly covers the city of Cambridgemarker, including areas such as Chesterton, Newnhammarker and Cherry Hintonmarker, although one ward in the south of the city (Queen Edith's) is in Cambridgeshire Southmarker constituency.

Boundary review

Following their review of parliamentary representation in Cambridgeshire, the Boundary Commission for England has made minor alterations to the existing constituencies to deal with population changes. The electoral wards used to create the modified Cambridge constituency to be fought at the next United Kingdom general election are:

  • Abbey, Arbury, Castle, Cherry Hinton, Coleridge, East Chesterton, King’s Hedges, Market, Newnham, Petersfield, Romsey, Trumpington, and West Chesterton


Cambridge was a Conservative constituency until 1992 when it was taken by Labour's Anne Campbell who held onto the seat for three Parliamentary terms, until 2005, when it was taken by David Howarth of the Liberal Democrats. As a university town, Cambridge has a large student population, so Labour's controversial plans for university top-up fees may well have been a major factor in the 2005 election.

Historically, the city of Cambridge was also home to a second constituency representing the University of Cambridge. The seat was created in 1603 as part of the scheme of University constituencies. MPs for the university included Isaac Newton, William Pitt the Younger, Lord Palmerston, George Stokes, Richard Jebb, and Archibald Hill. The constituency was abolished in 1950.

Members of Parliament

  • Constituency created (1295)


Election 1st Member 1st Party 2nd Member 2nd Party
1660 Sir Dudley North Sir Thomas Wills, Bt
1661 Sir William Compton Roger Pepys
1664 The Lord Alington
1679 Sir Thomas Chicheley
1685 Sir William Wren
1689 Sir John Cotton, Bt
1690 Granado Pigot
1695 John Pepys Isaac Watlington
1696 Sir John Cotton, Bt
1698 Sir Henry Pickering, Bt
1702 Anthony Thompson
1705 Sir John Cotton, Bt
1708 Sir John Hynde Cotton, Bt Samuel Shepheard
January 1715 Thomas Sclater Tory
May 1715 Samuel Shepheard
January 1722 Thomas Bacon Tory
October 1722 Gilbert Affleck
1727 Sir John Hynde Cotton, Bt
1737 Gilbert Affleck
1741 Viscount Dupplin James Martin
1744 Christopher Jeffreason
1747 Samuel Shepheard
1748 Christopher Jeffreason
1749 Charles Sloane Cadogan
1754 Thomas Bromley
1755 Charles Sloane Cadogan
1758 Soame Jenyns
1776 Benjamin Keene
1780 James Whorwood Adeane
1784 John Mortlock
1788 Francis Dickins
1789 Edward Finch
1791 Robert Manners
1819 Frederick William Trench
1820 Charles Madryll Cheere
1825 Marquess of Graham Tory
1832 George Pryme Whig Thomas Spring Rice Whig
1839 John Manners-Sutton Conservative
1840 Sir Alexander Cray Grant, Bt Conservative
1841 Hon. John Manners-Sutton Conservative
1843 Fitzroy Kelly Conservative
1847 Robert Adair Whig Hon. William Campbell Whig
1852 Kenneth Macaulay Conservative John Harvey Astell Conservative
1854 Robert Adair Whig Francis Mowatt Whig
1857 Kenneth Macaulay Conservative Andrew Steuart Conservative
1863 Francis Powell Conservative
1865 William Forsyth Conservative
1866 John Eldon Gorst Conservative
1868 Robert Torrens Liberal William Fowler Liberal
1874 Alfred Marten Conservative Patrick Boyle Smollett Conservative
1880 William Fowler Liberal Hugh Shield Liberal


Year Member Party
1885 representation reduced to one member
1885 Robert Uniacke-Penrose-Fitzgerald Conservative
1906 Stanley Buckmaster Liberal
Jan 1910 Almeric Paget Conservative
1917 by-election Sir Eric Geddes Coalition Conservative
1922 by-election Sir George Newton Conservative
1934 by-election Richard Tufnell Conservative
1945 Arthur Symonds Labour
1950 Sir Hamilton Kerr, Bt. Conservative
1966 Robert Davies Labour
1967 by-election David Lane Conservative
1976 by-election Sir Robert Rhodes James Conservative
1992 Anne Campbell Labour
2005 David Howarth Liberal Democrat

Election results

Elections in the 2000s

Elections in the 1990s

Elections in the 1980s

Elections in the 1970s

Elections in the 1920s

Elections in the 1900s

Elections in the 1830s

Candidates for the next general election

Confirmed candidates for Cambridge at the next UK general election:

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