Daniel Zahedi for Queen Edith’s
City Candidate for Queen Edith's
I’m Daniel and I am standing to be your local City Councillor in the upcoming elections. As a student doctor at Addenbrooke’s and part-time teacher at Wolfson College, I’ve also been working as a healthcare assistant to assist our NHS on the frontline throughout the ongoing pandemic.
Having a passion for learning about mental health, I graduated with a Masters in Neuroscience and, while I loved it, I found that it was missing a fundamental element – people. This led me to Cambridge to study Medicine so I can help those in need and support our amazing health service. Being a proud resident of this wonderful community, I’m committed to serving Queen Edith’s and always standing up for humanitarian and Labour values, equality and social justice.
Working on Covid intensive care wards as well as in A&E during the pandemic I’ve seen how hard our nurses, doctors and allied healthcare professionals work to keep us all safe despite having had their pay cut over the last 10+ years. Care home workers have also been working harder than ever, under increasingly intense circumstances and being paid unfairly low wages. We need to support our care home and NHS heroes who come to Queen Edith’s and dedicate their lives to supporting Addenbrooke’s, the Biomedical Campus, Royal Papworth, Heathlands House, Helping Hands, TLC Care, the Medical and Orthodontic Practices and more.
As a team, we will do all we can to listen to their needs and make Queen Edith’s a welcoming and supportive area to live and work in.
I believe we should maintain and expand the ‘Housing First’ principles to provide continued and permanent accommodation to Cambridge’s homeless. Our Labour council has done an amazing job in adopting this during the pandemic and it been hugely successful in having long-term compliance with support services. We now need to push for more funding from central government who have shown us that this is possible – when there is enough political will. There must be more emphasis on building more affordable and sustainable housing so everyone can have a chance to live in this great community. Everyone should have access to safe and affordable housing, regardless of age, wealth or background and we must adopt a ‘zero homelessness’ strategy moving forward.
As the lockdown comes to an end, we need to reopen our city in a safe and effective manner and we will listen to the science on this as well as our citizens. The introduction of virtual surgeries can help facilitate public consultations as well as providing a simple means of having your voice heard at the City Council. We will continue to support the phenomenal efforts of mutual aid groups, QE community forum, Jimmy’s and Acorn, making sure they have all the resources they need to keep up their amazing work.
I want to work together across parties to ensure that the interests of residents always come first and ensure that people’s safety and livelihood are paramount.