2012 City Council election
21% voted for Green Party candidates in Oxford on 3rd May 2012: more than voted for any other opposition party. Three Green Party councillors were elected to Oxford City Council, representing the people of Holywell, Iffley Fields and St. Marys. They are listed in bold on the right. They join 2 others to form a 5 strong Green group on the council.
Since the first Greens were elected to the City Council more than a decade ago, Green Councillors have been taking the lead on issues that affect us all: from protecting public services and green spaces to affordable housing, transport, recycling, climate change, economic development and crime prevention.
Support for the Greens is continuing to grow. At the European elections in 2009 more people voted Green in the City than for any other party. At this election we had candidates standing in every ward.
Green Party priorities for Oxford
Protecting Public Services
In Oxford we have suffered massive cuts by the Conservative controlled County Council and the Labour City Council plus deep cuts in the local Health Service. Green councillors have been fighting to preserve our public services and even extend their range and quality.
Creating a Sustainable Oxford
Almost all Oxford’s policies for a sustainable City can be traced back to Green Party initiatives. From recycling to food waste collection, insulation schemes, allotment development and many more the Greens have led the way in pushing for real environmental improvements. However we still have a long way to go. Only the Greens have the vision to promote the improvement programmes the City so desperately needs.
Better Housing and Protecting Green Spaces
Housing is at crisis point within the City. Huge numbers live in temporary or poor quality housing. More must be done to provide housing whilst at the same time protecting our natural environment and preserving green spaces.
Action on Climate Change
The Green initiatives promoted by Green councillors must be acted upon if we are to cut our carbon emissions, be more efficient energy users and reduce pollution.
Better Public Transport
Oxford needs improved public transport with extended bus services, real cycle lanes and new rail facilities. We must improve our canals rivers and pavements.
Road safety, congestion and air pollution remain pressing problems within the City. There should be more schemes like the Green-led zero emissions programme, safer roads, more appropriate lighting and more community policing.
Power to the People
The Labour run Council has progressively taken powers and funding away from the people. Area Committees have been abolished and their planning powers curtailed. A supreme leader has been established with many extra powers to stifle political opposition and centralise decision-making. It is time to give power back to local communities. Councils should serve the people, not the other way around.
Vote to turn Oxford City Council green on 3 May this year.
Oxford's first Green Party councillor, Caroline Lucas, now MP for Brighton, says:
It's 19 years since I won the first Council seat in Oxford and since then we've gone on to win more Council seats and built a strong group of Councillors. I'm proud of the many things our Oxford Councillors have achieved over the years, but there is much more to be done to make Oxford a fairer, more sustainable City. Together we can win!
Caroline Lucas MP, Green County Councillor for St Clement's, Oxford 1993 - 1999, Green MEP for South East Region (including Oxford) 1999 - 2010
|Barton and Sandhills||Mary-Jane Sareva|
|Blackbird Leys||Sarah Pethybridge|
|Cowley Marsh||Kevin Meaney|
|Headington Hill & Northway||Sietske Boeles|
|Hinksey Park||Judy Chipchase|
|Iffley Fields||Elise Benjamin|
|Jericho & Osney||Peter Furtado|
|Lye Valley||John Kentish|
|Northfield Brook||Alison Williams|
|Quarry & Risinghurst||Ray Hitchins|
|Rose Hill & Iffley||Paul Skinner|
|St Clements||Hafiz Ladell|
|St Margarets||Ann Duncan|
|St Marys||Craig Simmons|