At least one Lib Dem MP has a new job lined up for 2015…

January 29, 2013 11:37 am

This one passed us by late last year, but especially as Cambridge is one of Labour’s 106 battleground seats we thought it was worth flagging up. Cambridge’s Lib Dem MP Julian Huppert has a new job lined up – which starts in 2015. How very convenient…

The Cambridge News reports a spokesperson from the University of Cambridge saying:

“In 2007, Julian Huppert was appointed to a Research Council’s UK Academic Fellowship at the university’s department of physics, a prestigious award won in open competition. A stipulation of this appointment was that it convert to a lectureship in five years. Julian has been on unpaid leave of absence from the department since being elected MP, an agreement currently in place until May 31, 2015.”

If Labour’s PPC Daniel Zeichner overhauls Huppert and the Tories to win the seat for Labour in 2015 (which is certainly possible – it was Labour held until 2005) then at least there’s one Lib Dem MP who will have a new job to go to in 2015…

  • Chilbaldi

    The university academics seem to take it turn about up in Cambridge eh?

    • James Jacobs

      Reminds me abit of Monty Woodhouse and Evan Luard who were both Oxford dons and fought the seat [of Oxford] about a million times between them.

  • Gabrielle

    Well done and good luck Jules. Don’t let the door smack you on the bum on the way out.

  • Gabrielle

    To be fair to him, Huppert was one of the few LibDem MPs who stuck to his guns regarding student tuition fees. It’s all been very mortifying for him – he was the hapless person by Clegg’s side in the notorious pledge photo.

  • Gabrielle

    Apparently he had (may still have) an infamous cream coloured linen suit that looked as if it had never darkened a dry cleaners’ door. Nobody would have been bothered about it round the science labs in Cambridge (scientists are often incorrigible scruff bags – Edison was extremely slovenly in appearance). However, among the Savile Row besuited MPs on the government benches he did stick out like a sore thumb.

  • NT86

    To be slightly fair to Huppert, he’s not a total Lib Dem apparatchik. He voted against tuition fees. He reminds me of Evan Harris a bit (former Lib Dem MP who I quite admire). Someone who’s independent minded AND a background in science which our or Parliament needs much more of.

  • robertcp

    I would vote Lib Dem if I lived in Cambridge.

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