Cllr Lewis Herbert
City Councillor for Coleridge
I consider it a great privilege being Leader of Cambridge City Council since 2014 and am proud of what has been achieved by the Council in recent years, despite the Government cutting and cutting local funding. I’ve been part of the Coleridge ward councillor team since 2004.
We have achieved such a lot, in partnership with residents and community organisations, since Labour took control of the City Council in 2014, and in Coleridge over that period too. I so enjoy representing Coleridge an area I have lived for most of the time since I arrived in Cambridge in 1990. It’s a happy community and it’s a joy to work with people who care for their area and their neighbours too, as the last year has shown. Having the opportunity to work as part of a team to protect public health during the pandemic and support people who need assistance has been so important to me.
I work closely with the rest of the Coleridge team including Rosy Moore and Anna Smith, who are also standing for election in Coleridge this year, and our county council candidates. My priorities for Cambridge are the same that I’ve focused on, both as a Councillor and in his wider life, for the past 40 years – tackling poverty, injustice and prejudice, reversing decades of Government housing neglect, particularly the need to build more council housing at affordable rents in high cost cities like Cambridge, and leading local action on the environmental crisis facing our planet, which we have known for decades is out of control.
In my wider work, I have expertise in urban planning, climate change and recycling and have led over 300 training events for planners and Councillors (mainly in Essex) since 2003. Before that I was Head of Recycling and Waste at Cambridgeshire County Council, and also helped write their first county Climate Change Strategy in 1991.
As well as being proud of my Northumbrian roots, I’m is also a New Zealand citizen. I worked there as a Civil Servant in the late 1980s on a successful local government reorganisation and radical environmental legislation reforms. Before that, in my twenties, he started new London-wide recycling and clean- air initiatives as a Greater London Councillor from 1980 to 1986.
I’ve been a Labour supporter since I was 11. I knew I was Labour when I was talking about it in the school playground, and have been a Labour and community activist for approaching four decades since the double General Elections which Labour won in 1974 – a fair while ago. I still hold those same values now, and they form the basis of my work as a councillor – work that I’m looking forward to continuing in the years to come.