Lord Sainsbury elected Chancellor of the University

Lord Sainsbury

Lord Sainsbury of Turville was elected the new Chancellor of the University of Cambridge yesterday. Lord Sainsbury will take over from the Duke of Edinburgh, who stepped down last June after 34 years in the post.

Voting took place on Friday and Saturday and the result was:

  • Lord Sainsbury (Labour peer) - 2,893
  • Brian Blessed (actor, mountaineer) - 1,389
  • Michael Mansfield (barrister) - 964
  • Abdul Arain (Cambridge shop owner) - 312

Lord Sainsbury said: "I am delighted and honoured to have been elected as the next Chancellor of Cambridge University, and would like to thank all those who have supported me, and the other candidates who have made this such a friendly election.

"I am particularly pleased that the election did not turn into a battle between the arts and humanities and science, or between political parties, and I look forward to championing the university in its entirety at home and abroad in the years ahead."

Lord Sainsbury read History and Psychology at King's before joining Sainsbury plc in 1963. He was Minister of Science and Innovation from 1998 until 2006 and in 2003 he received the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Philanthropy.

He takes up the position of Chancellor with immediate effect.

17 October 2011