The poorest boys born in Cambridge will die more than 10 years before the richest - and the gap is getting wider. The average boy born in our area between 2015 and 2017 will live to be 80 years old and 10 months old. But boys born into the most deprived 10 per cent of families can expect to die 10 years and five months before those born into the least deprived 10 per cent. That gap has risen nine years and six months for boys born between 2013 and 2015. Dr Max Davie, Royal College of Paediatrics and Children Health Officer for Health Promotion, said: "Sadly, child poverty lies at the root of many risk factors for children and young people's health, as well as mortality. "We know that children born in the most deprived areas of the UK are more likely to have negative health outcomes than their more affluent peers. "This is unacceptable, and with child poverty predicted to increase over the next decade it is clear that urgent action is needed to protect the health of all our children. … [Read more...] about The poorest children in Cambridge who will die years before the richest
There are claims developers have a “gun to the head” of the council as plans for a permanent community facility in a major Cambridge development get pushed back. The new Darwin Green development between Huntingdon Road and Histon Road in Cambridge will eventually be the site for 1,593 new homes in the city. The outline Section 106 agreement (which ensures for community benefit from major schemes) for the development had required a community facility to be constructed, completed and fitted out prior to the occupation of the 101st dwelling. But now Barratt, the developer behind the scheme, says they won’t be able to meet that deadline. Today (February 20) Cambridge City Council’s joint development control committee heard they will now deliver a “temporary community room” prior to the 50th dwelling at Darwin Green One. A permanent community facility won’t be delivered until the completion of the 300th dwelling occupation. Barratt had asked for the … [Read more...] about Developers have ‘gun to the council’s head’ in development plans
Heidi Allen explained why she has quit the Conservative Party in a brutal press conference this afternoon (Wednesday, February 20). The South Cambridgshire MP was one of three Tories to resign from the party this morning to join an independent group, set up by former Labour MPs. She confirmed her departure in a devastating joint letter to Prime Minister Teresa May with Anna Soubry and Sarah Wollaston. The trio have criticised the Government's "disastrous handling" of Brexit and said it had undone "all the efforts to modernise" the Conservatives. Speaking to the media Mrs Allen said: "We have a prime minister [who] is now dragging the country kicking and screaming into the edge of a no-deal abyss. I'm done." She started her speech saying she was "very, very proud to be the member of Parliament for South Cambridgeshire." She added: "I love my constituency. It is bursting with innovation and a desire to challenge the status quo. I love that my constituents want to share their talents and … [Read more...] about Heidi Allen explains why she resigned from the Conservatives
Eyebrows were raised after South Cambridgeshire MP Heidi Allen resigned from the Conservative party to join the newly formed Independent Group today (February 20). The staunch remainer joined fellow Tories Anna Soubry and Sarah Wollaston in defecting from the party. The trio released a joint statement citing Prime Minister Theresa May's stance on Brexit as a major reason. But now she has resigned from the party, what does this mean for the people of South Cambridgeshire? Will there be a by-election? Why are by-elections held? According to the Government, by-elections are held if a seat has become vacant during the lifetime of a Parliament - either when an MP resigns from the House of Commons, or because an MP has died. The law also allows a seat to be declared vacant because of an MP's bankruptcy, mental illness or conviction for a serious criminal offence. If an MP changes political party however, a by-election does not automatically take place as voters choose the candidate and not … [Read more...] about Could Heidi Allen’s Tory party resignation mean a by-election?
James Palmer, mayor of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, blasted Mrs Allen’s “foolish” decision to leave the Conservatives, saying there should be a by-election in South Cambridgeshire. Today (February 20), Mrs Allen was one of a group of Conservative MPs to announce she is leaving the party to join a breakaway Independent Group in Parliament. Mr Palmer said: “It’s regrettable that Heidi Allen has felt it necessary to resign from the Conservative Party and join the new Independent Group of MPs. “I believe this to have been a foolish decision. The Conservative Party is a broad church and it's right and proper that if the Conservative Party wants to remain the Party of Government this remains the case. It needs to be a Party where a range of different opinions are held and where healthy debate is encouraged. “Heidi was elected as a Conservative MP and stood on a Conservative manifesto which had at its heart fully respected … [Read more...] about James Palmer blasts Heidi Allen’s ‘foolish’ decision to quit Tory Party