John Oakes has a son and daughter, and four grandsons. He got to know Cambridge well in the early '60s, and recently moved back, to Cherry Hinton High Street. Professionally, he is still active in Public Affairs, after a career in journalism.
He was Chairman of the 1,000-strong Highgate Society, one of the UK's leading environmental groups, and a Councillor in north London for four years, which convinced him of the importance of listening to local views, to improve local conditions.
He was Community Involvement spokesman for Haringey's Liberal Democrats, 2006-2010, and was a governor of a Primary school catering for 43 different nationalities.He was featured in Private Eye ("Rotten Boroughs",2009) for attempting to expose Haringey Council fraud.
He secured extra funding for Saturday schools for black pupils, and DoE Listing for Bounds Green's Art Deco tube station.
If elected, he will tackle the Social Housing challenge posed by the 450-unit development proposed for Cherry Hinton, and the loss to the local community of the No 17 bus-route, recently axed by Tory cuts. He thinks these, together with threats to the NHS, are examples of the three most pressing issues facing the whole of Cambridgeshire.