John Haywood, Activist in Oxfordshire Green Party

John Haywood is a 66 year old retired Director of Student Services at the University of Northampton and has lived in Banbury for 31 years and for 20 years taught and managed student services and tutoring support at Oxford and Cherwell Valley College, Banbury. He has been Vice Chairman of a local secondary school and used to represent Neithrop as a Labour Councillor. He is a Vice Chairman of the Banbury branch of the U3A. He is Fundraising Officer for  for the local branch of Samaritans.

John believes the radical social and economic as well as the environmental policies of the Green Party are essential to create a more equal and safe society and hopes his broad experience can contribute to the development of a sustainable local economy. “I believe the Green Party’s radical social, economic and environmental policies are what the country needs. We must oppose Conservative plans to destroy public services. People need to say NO to Austerity and YES to Welfare.”

  • wants to volunteer 2018-01-06 17:48:19 +0000

    Local welcomer

    Would you like to help welcome newly-joined members into your area? Not everyone feels confident enough to immediately come to a big meeting or join in a campaign team. So we are looking for members who can talk to them about local issues and the things we are doing as a party.

    If you are willing to be a local link person who will make that extra bit of effort to get to know new local members, please let me know and I will ensure you are provided with details of people who join in your area. In cities this area might be a few streets, in the countryside a village. I will divide up the areas once all the volunteers have signed up. Let me know which area you would like to handle.

    How you welcome new members and supporters is up to you. Below are some suggestions. Tick the ones that you think might work in your area. Some are more suited to a rural village, other in towns. Or you may have better ideas.

    Become a volunteer

  • commented on People 2017-04-06 09:59:59 +0100
    Please change my e mail address to:

    Contact us

    Oxfordshire Green Party

    Twitter: @greenoxford

    If you would like to get in touch with the Oxfordshire Green Party, please contact:

    Media Enquiries:

    Craig Simmons, City press officer: 07739 803047

    Local Party Manager - Kate Robinson:



    Co-Chair: Cheryl Briggs 

    Co-Chair: Chris Manley

    Treasurer: Timothy Eden

    Elections co-ordinator: David Newman
    Tel.: 01865 429750, mobile 07770 735474

    South East Young Greens co-ordinator: Rosie Rawle


    Stalls Coordinator: Kate Robinson

    Green Fair Organiser: Bob Cowley


    Or contact one of our councillors


    Abingdon Greens

    Chair: Cheryl Briggs:

    South Oxfordshire Greens
    Email: Robin Bennett

    North Oxfordshire Greens

    Co-Chairs:            Robert Nixon

                               Paul Genge


    Twitter: @NorthOxonGreens

    West Oxfordshire Greens

    Chair: Andy Wright

    Twitter: @westoxongreens

    Young Greens

    Oxford Young Greens:
    Twitter: @YoungGreenParty


  • commented on Caroline Lucas will vote against triggering Brexit now 2017-02-02 13:00:34 +0000
    I only wish more MP’s would also see sense!

  • commented on Larry and Caroline launch our Witney by-election campaign 2016-09-25 14:00:35 +0100
    Brilliant. Super launch. Good luck larry!

  • posted about Candidates wanted on Facebook 2016-07-12 23:05:22 +0100
    I signed up to volunteer for Oxfordshire Green Party. Join me!

    Ever thought of standing for election?

    We need more Green councillors in Oxfordshire. Could you follow in the footsteps of our 4 Green Party councillors in Oxford, and stand for election? You could improve the quality of our councils by representing the people and views that the governing parties ignore.

    Or you could help organise events and campaigns in your ward. Could you get local people to come out and join the campaign?

    In May 2018 there will be elections for Oxford City and Cherwell and West Oxfordshire district councils. Then in 2019 there are all out elections for South Oxfordshire and the Vale of the White Horse district councils. And there could be a General Election to Parliament in a year or two.

    We need candidates to start right now, preparing for the elections in May 2018 and 2019. Voters like to vote for people they have heard from over time, rather than those who just turn up in the last few weeks.

    We are arranging meets the councillors sessions, where you can find out what Green city, town and parish councillors do and how they got elected. To find out more, fill in the form at the bottom of the page.

    What you need to do to stand as a candidate

    Do you want to win, or just to stand? If you just want to give people in your area a chance to vote Green, rather than being forced to vote for a worse party, you just need to get your name on the ballot paper. On the other hand, if you want to help people as an elected councillor, you need to run a serious campaign as a candidate in a target seat. 

    Non-target candidates

    There are places where we cannot win in the next election. It takes time to grow the Green Party in a ward until there are enough local supporters to run a campaign to win. In those areas we need a candidate to stand, while a ward organiser can run a few events and campaigns on local issues until the Green Party and the candidate are better known.

    All you need to do as a non-target candidate is:

    1. Get nominated. You need to get 10 voters in your ward to sign a form saying they think you should be allowed to stand. They don't need to vote for you, or be Green supporters. They can be friends, family, or just neighbours.
    2. Supply a photograph suitable for the web site and the Oxford Times.
    3. Write a short election statement for the web site. A bit about yourself, and a bit about what you would do if elected.

    If you are interested, fill out the form at the bottom of this page.

    Target candidates

    There are a number of seats where we have won, or came close to winning in the past. If you don't know what a councillor does, take at look at this councillor role description.

    Obviously, such a campaign needs more work than just getting nominated. Candidates are expected to take an active role in their election campaign, including:

    • building a campaign team, including a campaign manager, and senior roles to manage volunteers, publicity, data and fundraising,
    • producing a campaign plan,
    • talking to hundreds of voters on the doorstep and at other events,
    • taking part in campaign team decisions, including campaign messages,
    • responding to voters questions and concerns.
    Candidates selected for target seats who commit to work hard enough to win will get support from the Oxfordshire Green Party, including guidance, opportunities for training and mentoring, technical support and funding.

    We are committed to supporting people stand for election. If you have support needs to allow you to stand for election—from childcare to disability support needs—please discuss these with us soon so we can arrange support. Being in the Green Party means we are committed to work as a team, no one has to do anything alone, we will find a way to help in any aspect of campaigning and when people become Councillors.

    Act now

    If you are at all interested in standing as a candidate, or helping organise a campaign for a candidate, please complete the form below, and I will get back to you with more details. Target candidates will be required to complete a questionnaire on their suitability as a candidate, and their plans for their campaign by 15 October 2017, then turn up at selection meeting with hustings.

    If you want any more information on what is involved in standing as candidate, please contact the Elections Co-ordinator, David Newman.

    Become a volunteer

  • posted about #decenthomes on Facebook 2016-04-17 18:00:41 +0100
    I am voting Green because we need more affordable homes. Please show your support #decenthomes #greensurge


    We all want where we live to feel like home, to feel safe and secure. That’s why the Greens are making better, affordable housing a top priority.

    Oxford has the least affordable housing in the UK. Costs in other parts of the County are also rising inexorably.

    The housing crisis is affecting everyone; tenants are being ripped off by dodgy landlords, homelessness is on the increase and prospective owners are being priced out of the area. At the same time, funding for those in housing need is being cut.

    Meanwhile, the super rich are speculating on housing and profiteering at our expense.

    Many also suffer in cold and mouldy properties facing rising energy bills and soaring rents.

    Greens will:

    • Abolish the cruel and unfair bedroom tax
    • Building 500,000 new Council homes
    • Cap rents and introduce longer tenancies to provide greater protection for renters
    • An end to £7bn of tax breaks for landlords
    • Better insulated, energy efficient homes
    6 signatures

    Do you support Green policies to provide more affordable housing?

    Add signature

  • commented on North Oxfordshire Greens Host Live Q&A 2016-04-01 11:39:25 +0100
    Excellent idea!

  • donated 2015-03-26 17:32:31 +0000

    Help us run more events

    Welcome to an Oxfordshire Green Party event. It costs us money to put on events. We have to pay for room hire, speakers' expenses and publicity.

    • £3 pays for tea, coffee and biscuits for a day.
    • £10 pays for an hour's room hire.
    • £25 pays for hiring an IT suite for an hour.
    • £50 pays for a return train ticket from Brighton to Oxford.

    Please help us defray these costs by making a small donation, so that we can run more events.


  • signed Housing petition 2014-10-23 12:24:04 +0100

    Housing crisis petition

    Oxford is now the most unaffordable place to live in the UK. Houses cost more than 11 times average wages. The country and Oxford's council have a housing crisis on their hands.

    Too often, people paying rent get poor service from rogue agencies and landlords. Greens want to take action to drive up standards in rented housing and to tackle the burden of rent.

    We believe that access to housing is a human right—the council must do more to meet the housing needs of people in Oxford. Greens support increasing the number of council and social homes available to those who need them.

    No council houses have been completed in the last year in Oxford. So when suitable houses become available on the local market, Oxford City Council should purchase them to increase the council housing stock.

    27 signatures


    We demand that Oxford City Council use some of the £10m it has set aside to buy properties for use as Council housing to purchase the Crown House Club on the corner of Crown Street and St Mary’s Road in East Oxford. The Council could then provide 4 flats for immediate rent and a potential additional 5 flats for rent once the non-residential parts of the building are converted for residential use.

    We believe the £1m price tag for the Crown House Club, and the potential to create up to 9 Council housing units in an area of housing need, presents excellent value for money for the City Council. With a constant decline in social housing available in the city, it would be a travesty to pass on such a good opportunity to increase the Council's housing stock.

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Retired Director of Student Services at Northampton University, and teacher at Oxford and Cherwell Valley College, Banbury