New Cambridge Uni Chancellor Announced

17 October 2011, 11:53 | Updated: 17 October 2011, 12:46

Actor Brian Blessed has lost out to Lord Sainsbury as the new Chancellor of Cambridge University.

The Flash Gordon star was up for the mainly ceremonial position after a big campaign from students, and support from Cambridge graduate Stephen Fry who described his plans for the role as 'superb'.

Lawyer Michael Mansfield and Cambridge shop keeper Abdul Arain were also in the running.

Election results...

Lord Sainsbury of Turville - 2893.

Mr Brian Blessed - 1389.

Mr Michael Mansfield - 964.

Mr Abdul Arain - 312.

Lord Sainsbury will replace the Duke od Edinburgh who stepped down in June after 34 years in the role.