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Anne Campbell (born 6 April 1940) is an English Labour Party politician. She was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Cambridge from 1992 to 2005.

Anne Campbell
Member of Parliament
for Cambridge
In office
9 April 1992 – 11 April 2005
Preceded byRobert Rhodes James
Succeeded byDavid Howarth
Personal details
Born (1940-04-06) 6 April 1940 (age 79)
Political partyLabour
Alma materNewnham College, Cambridge

Early lifeEdit

She studied at Newnham College, Cambridge, taking the Maths Tripos, and gaining an MA in 1965.

Before she became an MP she was a councillor on Cambridgeshire County Council from 1985-9. She was a secondary school mathematics teacher in Cambridgeshire, a lecturer in Statistics at Cambridge College of Arts and Technology (became Anglia Higher Education College in 1989) from 1970 to 1983, and head of Statistics and Data Processing at the National Institute of Agricultural Botany from 1983 to 1992.

Parliamentary careerEdit

She was first elected in the 1992 general election. Under threat of deselection, in 2003 she resigned as Patricia Hewitt's PPS to vote against the Iraq War, having previously voted to support the Government's policy on 26 February. She lost her seat at the 2005 general election to David Howarth of the Liberal Democrats. Campbell's defeat was in part attributed to her perceived indecisiveness over the government's university top-up fee programme: she abstained on the second reading of the bill, then voted with the government on the third reading, despite a public promise that she would oppose the scheme. [1] Campbell was described as a "loyal Blairite" in the national press.

In 2008, Campbell was portrayed by Harriet Walter in 10 Days to War, a BBC television dramatisation of the events leading up to the Iraq war.[1]

Subsequent careerEdit

Campbell is (2014) Chair of Governors at Parkside Federation Academy and a governor at UTC University Technical College Cambridge[2] She became Chair of the Fabian Society for 2008.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

Campbell is a vegetarian. Campbell was often seen riding her bike around the Cambridge constituency and was the first MP to run a website.[4] She married Archibald, a Cambridge professor, in 1963 and they have a son and two daughters.


  1. ^ "IMDB 10 Days To War". Archived from the original on 18 February 2010. Retrieved 25 March 2010.
  2. ^ Governors Archived 4 November 2014 at the Wayback Machine, UTC Cambridge. Accessed 5 November 2014.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 5 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-11.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Parliament for the Future (P4tF)" Archived 2 November 2009 at the Wayback Machine, Hansard Society, September 2007.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Robert Rhodes James
Member of Parliament for Cambridge
Succeeded by
David Howarth
Party political offices
Preceded by
Ed Balls
Chair of the Fabian Society
2007 – 2008
Succeeded by
Sadiq Khan