Hazel Dawe, party treasurer

Hazel Dawe

Dr. Hazel Dawe is an enthusiastic and experienced community and environmental campaigner. She has signed both online and paper petitions to Save Temple Cowley pool and supports the community led bid to redevelop the site which retains a swimming pool and leisure facilities for local people. Locally, she has been working with Green Party Councillors supporting their work representing local people in East Oxford on a range of issues, attending community meetings and local events. She is keen to protect the NHS and recently joined an anti-cuts demonstration in Oxford. Hazel supports Green councillors in advocating the use of empty homes and long term empty shop fronts and office spaces to reduce the pressure on house prices in Oxford. She recently worked on the Green Party response to the public consultation on the Covered Market.

At a national level Hazel has participated in many environmental and social justice campaigns including campaigning against a third runway at Heathrow, against fracking, in support of Occupy at St Pauls’ in London and against live animal exports.  She lives in the East Oxford with her husband, fellow Green campaigner Steve Dawe.

Hazel is a lecturer in law at Birkbeck College, University of London and Oxford Brookes University. She is a keen gardener with a Gold award for wildlife gardening, including bee friendly planting. Hazel is also a keen cyclist. She is a member of Cyclox, Friends of South Park and East Oxford Community Association. She has been chosen as a member of the new Complaints, Integrity and Ethics Panel set up by the Police and Crime Commissioner.

  • signed Petition 2015-08-30 14:48:05 +0100
    The Council should acknowledge the hard work by the current management committee and give them a chance to sort out the community centre

    Petition: Save Our East Oxford Community Facilities


    The Labour-run City Council is planning to seize direct control of East Oxford Community Centre (on the Cowley Road) and rush through a redevelopment funded by selling off the East Oxford Games Hall and Film Oxford sites.

    The Centre is currently run by the East Oxford Community Association. EOCA has a chequered history but the current management committee have proven themselves to be effective managers of the Centre. The Centre is home to many local groups (including Fusion Arts & Oxford Action Resource Centre) and most nights all available rooms are
    booked out. Both the Games Hall and Film Oxford are also well used, the latter includes a well-loved community garden.

    Says local Green Councillor Elise Benjamin:

    There is already mistrust in the community because of Temple Cowley Pools and the old Cowley Community Centre and now East Oxford residents are being hit again by a Labour council that seems more interested in selling the community to the highest bidder.  These plans make a mockery of council claims they will consult the community about the future use of the East Oxford Community Centre. Users of East Oxford Games Hall and Film Oxford weren't even aware of the plans to close them.

    129 signatures


    Green Councillors are calling on the Labour-run City Council to ‘think again’ about its decision to seize direct control of East Oxford Community Centre from the Community Association and rush through a redevelopment funded by selling off the East Oxford Games Hall and Film Oxford sites.

    We are calling for:

    1. A Centre run for the community by the community 
    2. Improvements to the East Oxford Community Centre not to be made dependent on the closure of the Games Hall and Film Oxford.
    3. Proper public consultation on the future of community provision in East Oxford  
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  • commented on candidates wanted 2016-06-30 10:06:53 +0100
    I have worked the Cowley area for the last three years and now have a high profile in the area. I would like to build on that to take the seat for the Green Party.

    Ever thought of standing for election?

    Could you follow in the footsteps of our 6 Green Party councillors in Oxford, and stand for election? You could improve the quality of our councils.

    In May 2017 there will be elections for Oxfordshire County council. Then in 2018 there will be elections for the city and district councils. There may even be a snap general election.

    We need candidates to start work right now, preparing for the elections in May 2017 and 2018. Voters like to vote for people they have heard from over time, rather than those who just turn up in the last few weeks.

    Our 2 county councillors have been leading the fight to protect the vulnerable from the savage cuts to services. With more Green Party county councillors we can make your voice heard over the complacency of both county Labour and Tories.

    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: what we call a paper candidate. 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. 

    Paper candidates

    All you need to do as a paper 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.

    In 2013, one quarter of our party members did just that for the County Council elections. 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, 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.

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

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  • published What's going on in Banbury? in Members blog 2015-01-26 14:53:25 +0000

  • published DId you ROAR? in Members blog 2015-01-25 11:07:42 +0000

    DId you ROAR?

    Oxfordshire Greens support the launch of Rural Action Oxfordshire in Witney. Parliamentary candidates Stuart Macdonald, Witney and Ian Middleton, Banbury and Bicester with Green Party activists at the launch.


  • published Baked potatoes and hot soup in Members blog 2015-01-15 14:21:27 +0000

    Baked potatoes and hot soup

    A big thank you to everyone who came to our 12th night event and made it such a success. I hope you all enjoyed yourselves as much as I did. There was certainly a great buzz around the place.

    We made £193 for the Green Party as well as having fun ourselves.

    However, somebody left a dark grey Marks and Spencer’s V necked pullover behind.  Please do get in touch if that was you: Hazel Dawe 07944471083 or hazel.dawe@greenparty.org.uk

  • signed Housing petition 2014-10-21 12:20:31 +0100
    Here is an ideal opportunity for Oxford City Council to do the right thing – spotted by the Green Councillors, of course.

    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.

    31 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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  • published Bee summit in Members blog 2014-02-07 15:02:44 +0000

    Bee summit

    Great Bee summit at the Natural History Museum in Oxford today. Big thank you to local Friends of the Earth for organising it. Great questions from our two councillors, David Williams and Elise Benjamin. Both disproving, from different perspectives that Defra's moan of 'not enough evidence' is rubbish. and just a pathetic excuse to do nothing while the planet is ruined.

  • signed up for eventing 2013-10-29 10:45:23 +0000

    Tell us what skills you can use to help us win.

    When you have volunteered to help the Oxfordshire Green Party, please tell us something about your skills.

    For some tasks, we need specialist skills, hence this long list.

    But most tasks anyone can do, given the training we provide.

    Become a volunteer

  • signed up for stallholder 2013-10-29 10:44:28 +0000

    Help us make Oxfordshire better.

    We need you

    Please sign up below to volunteer in any way you can.

    Our elections are run entirely by volunteers, and the more of us get involved, the better we'll do. And so it's over to you. Whether you only have a few hours a month or spare days every week, whether you're a hardened activist or a political first timer, we need you.

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Hazel Dawe, law lecturer, enthusiastic and experienced community and environmental campaigner