Statement to voters
Positive change for Cambridge
I am running to be your next MP because I am committed to doing
politics differently. I want to change our country and our society for the
Stopping Brexit is my absolute number one priority in order to deliver
positive change and address the big issues that Cambridge and the country
face, like the devastating impact of climate change, finding innovative
solutions to the broken housing market and tackling inequality.
I am passionate about delivering change that will address these big
issues and deliver a more open, tolerant and progressive country.
My action plan for our city
1. Stop Brexit - I am fighting to keep Britain in Europe to make sure Cambridge
remains progressive and prosperous.
2. Tackle the climate crisis - I will push for clean, modern transport, for all new housing to be truly sustainable and make Cambridge the greenest city in the UK.
3. Build a fairer city - I will campaign to Introduce a Cambridge Living Wage, a local living rent, build more truly affordable homes and ensure our schools and hospitals have the funding they need.
I grew up in Annesley Woodhouse, a small Nottinghamshire mining village where my dad was a miner and my mum a housewife. I firmly believe that growing up in a tight-knit community where people looked out for one another, where the sense of community ran deep, help shaped the person I am today.
I saw, up close and personal, how successive governments failed to stop the economic decline of communities like mine after the closure of many mining pits. The effects were truly devastating and helped build my sense of the need to spread prosperity and social justice.
Like many Cambridge residents, I came to study here in the mid 1980s. After graduating I spent a career in the finance sector, working with companies across the globe.
In 2002, I took the decision to start my own financial consulting company. As a small business owner I understand more than most the challenges faced by companies in today’s tough economic climate.
Cambridge is where I met my wife, Eilis, who is an academic. We initially lived in Trumpington and made Newnham our home in the 1990s, where we have brought up our two children and where the sense of community is so strong.
The principle of public service is something very close to my heart. Growing up my family taught me the importance of working to improve the lives of those living around me. It is the idea that you should stand up and work hard to make your area a better place to live.
It was an issue in Newnham, highlighted by the local Liberal Democrat ward councillors that first led me to join the Liberal Democrats and stand for election here in Newnham. I am proud to have represented Newnham as a City Councillor since 2004 and as an Executive Councillor between 2006 and 2013, fighting not just on issues that impact the ward, but also on causes that impact Cambridge.
It was my belief in the community, of doing politics differently, restoring the credibility of politicians in the eyes of the public that was the driver for me standing as a candidate to be the first elected Combined Authority devolved mayor in 2017.
I have a life outside politics and my work. I have been a trustee of Wintercomfort for the Homeless, a homeless day centre and social enterprise charity here in Cambridge for over a decade. I am a keen long distance runner, having run over 25 marathons often raising money for Shelter. I cycle both to get around here in Cambridge and London and take part in sponsored cycling events.
I like to get away from the speed of life by hiking, often with the family, to destinations such as the Mountains of Mourne in Northern Ireland. When at home, to relax I garden, growing tomatoes and flowers, following my dad’s passion.
This statement was added by Rod Cantrill, their team, or by a Democracy Club volunteer, based on information published by the candidate elsewhere.
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You can meet candidates and question them at local hustings. Here are hustings where Rod Cantrill may be appearing.
(Past event) Sunday 8 December 2019 14:30–16:00: Cambridge Hustings - Brexit & International Relations, St Paul's Church CB2 1JP.
(Past event) Monday 2 December 2019 17:00–18:30: Cambridge Hustings (Education & Student Issues), Gillespie Centre, Clare College CB3 9AJ.
(Past event) Saturday 30 November 2019 12:00–14:00: Cambridge Hustings: Faith & Values, Great St Mary's Church CB2 3PQ.
(Past event) Monday 25 November 2019 19:15–21:15: Cambridge Election Hustings - Inequality, Social Justice, Public Services, Friends Meeting House Jesus Lane CB5 8BA.
This candidate has previously stood for election in:
- 2019: The UK Parliament elections, as the Liberal Democrats candidate for the Cambridge
- 2018: The Cambridge local election, as the Liberal Democrats candidate for the Newnham
- 2017: The 2017 General Election, as the Liberal Democrats candidate for the Huntingdon
- 2017: The 2017 Cambridgeshire and Peterborough mayoral election, as the Liberal Democrats candidate for the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority
- 2015: The 2015 General Election, as the Liberal Democrats candidate for the Member of Parliament for Huntingdon
- 2010: The 2010 General Election, as the Liberal Democrats candidate for the Member of Parliament for South West Bedfordshire
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