Anne Campbell became the first Labour MP to hold Cambridge for two successive terms in 1997, increasing her hold with a swing of 13% to Labour securing her a majority of over 14,000.
Before this Labour have held the seat only twice - in 1945 and 1966.
Cambridge is a university town home to a growing high tech industry, and lies in the middle of the fens.
It is a shopping and administrative centre for the surrounding area. There are approximately 21,000 full time students in Cambridge - 16,500 at Cambridge University and 5000 at Anglia Polytechnic University - of a total population of around 110,000 people.
There has been a massive expansion in the number of high-tech firms in Cambridge over the past fifteen years.
In 1985 there were 350 high tech-firms, but by 1998 there were 1,350 firms employing 32,500 people in the area. In addition to software, new sectors have grown- notably in biotechnology.
Major pharmaceutical companies now have laboratories alongside University departments in Cambridge, and the human genome project in Hinxton where the Sanger Centre is based led an international consortium to complete the first draft of the human genome.