Below is a letter I have sent to Cambridge News regarding their reporting of the debate at last Thursday’s Cambridge City Council meeting.
I was pleased to see you mentioned the debate at last Thursday’s meeting of Cambridge City Council on higher education funding, although I am surprised that you mentioned the Labour and Lib Dem general election candidates in the story as neither was present at the meeting.
By way of contrast, the Conservative candidate, Nick Hillman, was there and opened the meeting with an impassioned plea for politicians of all parties to focus on the importance of higher education in Cambridge. He pointed out that the current Government’s cuts hit Cambridge worse than any other university city and he called on politicians of all parties to unite in defending Cambridge’s future – a call that the Labour councillors notably rejected.
As the only member of the public who attended the whole meeting, I can vouch for the fact that Nick Hillman was there for the whole six and a quarter hours, from 6pm until 12.15am, and there was no sign of any other parliamentary candidate at any point.