David Howarth to stand down as Cambridge MP


The Keynes Society is sad to announce that David Howarth MP will be standing down at the next general election. David took the Cambridge seat from Labour on a 20% swing – the third-largest in the country – in 2005, and has been a truly outstanding MP since then.

He first joined Cambridge University Liberal Club when he was a student at Clare College in 1978. Contemporary registers show a “Dave Howarth” who assiduously turned up to speaker meetings. After graduate study at Yale, David returned to Clare in 1985, becoming a Reader in Law and Economics. He also had a parallel career as a local councillor. First elected as a Liberal for Castle Ward in 1987, he led the third party on the council into official opposition and eventually government, serving as Leader of Cambridge City Council between 2000 and 2003, when he headed up Cambridge’s pioneering efforts on recycling, and was responsible for numerous initiatives dealing with homelessness.

David stood down from the council to win the parliamentary seat of Cambridge, succeeding at his third attempt. As an MP he has been outspoken on a number of issues, including successfully halting an “abolition of parliament bill”, heading up the campaign against government cuts to mental health care provision in Cambridge, and he has been a tireless voice on liberal issues from controlling the arms trade to cutting carbon. Most recently, as  the Lib Dem Shadow Secretary of State for Justice, David’s forensic knowledge of civil and criminal law have seen him gain respect from all parties for his interventions.

David will be standing down to focus on his academic career, and he will no doubt continue to be a powerful voice in Cambridge, and in liberal politics. More on his announcement can be readherehere, and here.

1 Response to “David Howarth to stand down as Cambridge MP”

  1. 1 Niklas Smith November 8, 2009 at 11:50 am

    More tributes are here and here. The second link contains comments from myself and members of CSLD who helped to elect David. He is a fantastic MP and we will all miss him.

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