What is Cambridge Stays?

Set up after the Referendum, we are committed to keeping the Greater Cambridge area as closely connected to Europe as possible.

Campaigning

In Cambridge, London, and across the country, we participate in and organise rallies for the pro-EU cause, and support those of our friends elsewhere.

Events

We organise a range of informational, political, and social events, to help the people of Cambridge better understand the EU and the implications behind Brexit, as well as to strengthen the membership aspect of our movement.

Community

We are a cross-party and no-party organisation open to people of any age or demographic. We keep plugged in to the wider pro-EU world too, and have links to groups locally and nationally.

Covering town, gown, and the wider region, our Committee is elected at the annual AGM. That being said, we are always looking for new activists so do not hesitate to get involved!
Paul Browne

Paul Browne

Chair

Paul moved from Dublin to Cambridge 20 years ago, and works for the University of Cambridge. With a background in scientific research and communication, he is a passionate advocate of evidence based policy, and recognises the importance of international cooperation to addressing the many problems that our society and the world face at the start of the 21st century.

As an Irish citizen who has chosen to make his life in the UK, Paul is acutely aware of the danger that Brexit poses to peace in Northern Ireland, and how populist nationalism is dividing the people of Europe at a time when we need to work together for a better future.

Clair Castle

Clair Castle

Committee

Clair has lived and worked in Cambridge for almost 20 years. She loves Europe and learning languages, and studied Information & Library Studies and German (Joint Honours) at Loughborough University. She really enjoyed continuing to learn the language, as well as about the culture and history of Germany, alongside Modern European Studies students. She also completed a work placement in Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg. Many of her friends, colleagues, and close family are EU Nationals and she is very concerned about their status post-Brexit. This is the main reason why she joined Cambridge Stays: to stand up for their rights.

Chris Powers

Chris Powers

Treasurer

Alongside serving as Treasurer of Cambridge Stays, Chris is the President of the Young European Movement UK.

When not fighting passionately for Europe, he is a fan of cycling, reading books, and struggling to learn languages.

Martin Cahn

Martin Cahn

Committee

Martin is an ecologist and town planner. After completing his doctorate, Martin worked for seventeen years as a countryside manager in a Welsh local authority. Martin took advantage of free movement in 1992 and went to France, Belgium and later Poland working for Energy Cities on international cooperation projects on sustainable energy topics between European local authorities.

Living in the Cambridge area with fellow committee member Aga since 2008, Martin is determined that their children should have the same opportunities that he did, and that Cambridge should continue to provide a welcome to European citizens.

Cahir O'Kane

Cahir O'Kane

Committee

Cahir is a scientist and academic at the University of Cambridge, using fruitflies (Drosophila) to study motor neuron function and diseases. When the UK joined the EU in 1973, his home and most others nearby (in Northern Ireland) had neither running water nor a phone. For this reason and many others, he believes passionately that the lowering of barriers through EU membership has benefited the UK enormously, and should continue to do so.

Martin Smith

Martin Smith

Committee

Martin is from Cambridge and works as a web & software developer for a UK-wide retail company here.

He studied Internet Technology at Staffordshire University but returned to Cambridge post-studies and has lived and worked in here for the past ten years. Martin is concerned about all aspects of Brexit but is particularly worried about the economic effects and damage to the UK's long-term prosperity and employment market.

He was not politically active before the Referendum campaign which he found deeply troubling and felt compelled to get involved in a more active way once the result became known.

Carol Wright

Carol Wright

Committee

After spending much of her career outside the UK, and with friends in many EU member states, Carol knows the advantages of the UK remaining a member of the EU though many are still unaware.

Two of Carol's grandchildren are Dutch. Freedom of movement enabled her sons and their friends to receive education and live in more than one EU member state including the UK. This improved their chances and choice of employment and gave them a deeper understanding of diverse cultures.

Living in an uncertain world with conflicts breaking out, feeding terrorism, the UK is much safer within a family of countries working together and exchanging vital information.

Mary Jennings

Mary Jennings

Committee

Mary graduated in Natural Sciences in Dublin and moved to London shortly afterwards to work in IT.

After 15 so years in London, she found herself in Cambridge where she has lived for twenty or so years. As an Irish lesbian, she knows how helpful and powerful, the EU has been in enhancing the human rights of LGBT people, women and workers across the continent.

These hard won rights are now in joepardy.

The day after the referendum result was Pride London - there were so so many EU flags on display in the crowd and along the streets, it gave all of us hope.

Mary has campaigned for Remaining in the EU, going on marches, leafletting, attending meetings and will continue to do so until we get rid of Brexit, the noxious culture it has engendered, and its disasterous economy looming on the horizon.

Iris Hunter

Iris Hunter

Committee

Born and educated in Switzerland, Iris moved to Cambridge as a student in the mid-seventies and has happily remained, apart from a couple of periods in the USA and extensive holidays in Europe and further afield. Her husband and two grown-up children are equally keen travellers.

Iris has a degree in Latin and English and has worked for many years in the administration of the University of Cambridge and also as a freelance translator, copy-editor and language teacher. The copy-editing past turned her into a real-life bore who spots (and points out) everyone else's typos - her own she cannot see, of course.

Always interested in politics, listening to Radio 4 and the World Service as if her life depended on it, she woke up to the news of the Referendum result with the same shock as most of her friends and 48% of the country. It was then that she joined the Liberal Democrats and, more recently, Cambridge Stays. It seemed impossible to be inactive in the face of what sometimes looks like an impending disaster.

Chris Sidell

Chris Sidell

Committee

Chris has lived in and around Cambridge for much of his life. His professional background is in business development and marketing communications. He became politically active after reading countless news articles and analyses about Brexit following the referendum, which highlighted the rise of populism and nationalism, and the lack of evidence informing current political debate.

Chris believes it is in the national interest to remain in the EU - for jobs and prosperity, a properly funded and resourced NHS and public services, for workers, consumer and citizens' rights, to protect the environment and to maintain European unity to protect British and European interests and values in an uncertain world.

Our Partners

Cambridge Stays is part of a wide network of organisations dedicated to Europe the length and breadth of the UK - and beyond!
Britain for Europe

Britain for Europe

Established after the Referendum to fight to keep Britain in Europe, Cambridge Stays is an affiliated branch.

Cambridge University European Society

Cambridge University European Society

(CUEUS)

The European Society of the University of Cambridge and local chapter of the Young European Movement.

Young European Movement

Young European Movement

(YEM UK)

The UK's oldest pro-EU youth group, founded in 1972 to bring Britain into the EEC. Our Treasurer is currently the President.

The 3 Million

The 3 Million

A group campaigning to preserve EU citizens rights in the UK and vice versa after Brexit.

European Movement United Kingdom

European Movement United Kingdom

The European Movement is an independent, cross-party organisation committed to keeping the UK in the EU.

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