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

29th January, 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.

Latest

  • Comment Is civic nationalism the way forward for England?

    Is civic nationalism the way forward for England?

    What is striking about the general election in England and Scotland is not just the difference in outcome but emotional tone. In Scotland, burgeoning support for the SNP was not simply about particular policies but an expression of what the sociologist Emile Durkheim called ‘collective effervescence’ – powerful emotional identification with a wider community. By contrast, in England support for the Conservatives seemed based largely on judgments about Labour’s economic competence and fears about SNP influence, with no whiff of […]

    Read more →
  • Comment Why proportional representation will be Labour’s only saviour

    Why proportional representation will be Labour’s only saviour

    Everyone’s whispering about it: the Conservatives pulled a blinder offering the Lib Dems the referendum on changing the voting system at the beginning of the Coalition’s term. Doubtless if it had be run at the same time as the 2015 General Election, things may well have turned out very differently. As it was, Cameron et al made their ‘partner’ show their hand too early; the Lib Dems should have kept those cards closer to their chest in the hope of […]

    Read more →
  • Comment Blairism is no solution to Labour’s identity crisis

    Blairism is no solution to Labour’s identity crisis

    The ‘Blairites’ are certainly right about the so-called 35% strategy. How one envies the SNP for whom every Scottish voter is a target voter. Whatever happened to ‘One Nation Labour’? They are also right to suggest that we should help people fulfil their aspirations but their definition of aspiration is too narrowly focused. It’s one thing to aspire to shop at John Lewis – I might aspire to shop at Fortnum and Mason – but what about those who aspire […]

    Read more →
  • Comment Our human rights are not the Tories’ to give away

    Our human rights are not the Tories’ to give away

    When discussing the Human Rights Act it is important to set out the developments which led to it so as to dispel the falsehood, too often insinuated in the anti-European press, that the Act constitutes the meddling in British affairs by the bureaucracies of the European Union. On 10th December 1948 the U.N. adopted The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in response to the Second World War and the atrocities committed during it. Its purpose was to ensure individuals, without […]

    Read more →
  • Comment Before Labour finds it’s next leader, it needs to find its George Osborne – and fast

    Before Labour finds it’s next leader, it needs to find its George Osborne – and fast

    Here’s a quick challenge for you. It will only take a minute. Try and find a Labour Party blog that praises George Osborne. Nope, me neither. The Chancellor of the Exchequer is understandably not popular within our ranks. After all, the Chancellor has presided over the weakest economic recovery in Britain’s history and unleashed a wave of crippling public expenditure cuts, while doubling the national debt and failing to eliminate the budget deficit. If you were being kind you might […]

    Read more →
Share with your friends










Submit