Elise Benjamin, Green Party candidate in Iffley Fields

Biography

I was first elected to Oxford City Council in 1999 serving until 2002 when there was a ward boundary change.  After a 2 year break, I was re-elected to the City Council under new ward boundaries in 2004 and have served continuously since, winning 3 elections in that time.  I have been working on behalf of residents in the area since 1994.

I live and work in the community and am active all year round, responding to many individual casework enquiries, supporting residents with planning, housing and transport issues, attending residents’ meetings, and helping at community events.

I was Lord Mayor of Oxford from 2011-12 – the first Green to take on this role in 889 years!

Since moving to Oxford in 1993 I have been involved in many community committees including Donnington Doorstep Family Centre, East Oxford Adventure Playground Association, and East Oxford Primary School Governors.  I am currently a Trustee of Elder Stubbs and sit on the Board of the Broken Spoke Bike Co-op.  I am also on the Advisory Board for the Southern Policy Centre think tank set up by former Labour Minister John Denham.

In my time as a City Councillor, I have chaired Planning Committee, Employment & Economic Development committee, the East Area Parliament (area committee), and the Pensioner’s Forum.  I have also represented the Council at several successful planning appeals.  I currently sits on the West Area Planning Committee and the Housing Panel, and I am the City Green Group Planning and Economic Development Shadow.

I want to continue to represent the residents in my ward, the city as a whole, and the Green Party on the City Council.

What will you do if you are elected?

If elected I will continue to:

  • Speak up against privatisation of public services such as the NHS
  • Push for more affordable homes and fairer rents
  • Propose practical alternatives to Council austerity cuts
  • Reduce Oxford’s carbon footprint
  • Improve safety for cyclists & pedestrians
  • Campaign to save community facilities
  • Support small, local businesses
  • Oppose new council policies that victimise boaters, buskers & the homeless
  • Work to make Oxford a welcoming city for all.

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