Larry Sanders, candidate for Oxford West and Abingdon

Larry Sanders has been selected as the Green Party candidate for the parliamentary constituency of Oxford West and Abingdon in 2015.

Why are you standing?

Labour Party and Coalition Governments have led the UK to an astonishing degree of inequality. There has been a large increase in the wealth and earnings of the very rich, a sharp growth in the number of people living in poverty and increasing pressure on the Middle Classes. Only a small proportion of the population can afford to buy an adequate house. The NHS is being fragmented and privatised. Public Services are being cut drastically.Many of the very rich are able to avoid paying their taxes.The lowest 10% in income pay a higher proportion of their income in taxes than the highest 10%. Climate deterioration increases and sensible policies to switch to renewable energy are ignored. Only one Party, the Green Party, has policies to correct these stupidities and injustices. And, our policies are popular- once people get a chance to consider them. I want to use my role as a Parliamentary candidate to attempt to get those policies across to the largest number of people.

How will you campaign?

I am retrired from paid employment and in good health. I am willing to put the bulk of my time towards campaigning. I would contact the myriad of local voluntary sector groups to offer to talk about issues relevant to their interests. I would prepare press releases and letters to newspaper as opportunities arise. I would enjoy debating at hustings with the other candidates.

Tell us about yourself

I grew up in New York City and have lived in Oxford since 1969, I have been active in the Oxfordshire Green Party for about 15 years. I stood for the Green Party in local authority elections in East Oxford in 2001 and 2004. I was elected to the County Council in 2005 and re-elected in 2009. I was the Leader of the Green Group from 2005 to 2013.
I trained as a Social Worker and Lawyer. I have worked as a Community Worker, Social Worker (with Children and people with Mental Health problems), Senior Lecturer in Social Work, Visiting Lecturer in Health and Social Care Law, Director of the Community Work Practice Learning Centre for Oxford University, Anti-poverty Project Leader for Oxfordshire Carers Forum, Legal Advisor for Oxfordshire Community Care Rights and as a Non-Executive Director of Oxfordshire NHS Mental Health Trust.

  • wants to volunteer 2017-01-08 21:07:42 +0000

    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 Larry Sanders in Oxford candidates 2016 2016-05-03 15:58:37 +0100

    Larry Sanders is fighting for the NHS in Oxford

    Larry Sanders
    Larry Sanders with Shahrah Ali, Green Party Deputy Leader, at the Green Fair.

    Larry Sanders is the Green Party candidate for Summertown in the Oxford City Council election on 5 May 2016.

    Who is Larry?

    I have been working for people with disabilities and their carers for the past 20 years based on my training in Law and Social Work. I have been:

    • Chair and Legal Advisor to Oxfordshire Community Care Rights
    • Lecturer in Health and Social Care Law at the Open University and Oxford Brookes
    • Director of Oxfordshire Carers’ Forum
    • Non-Executive Director of Oxfordshire Mental Trust
    • Oxfordshire County Councillor and Member Adult Social Care Scrutiny Committee
    • Chair Healthwatch Oxfordshire
    • Member Advisory Group on Unsafe Discharges for Healthwatch England
    • Co-Chair Oxfordshire Keep Our NHS Public

    i am now the Green Party spokeperson on health.

    Why am I standing?

    The UK has had 30 years of governments shifting resources from the vast majority to the richest 1%. As a result we have an NHS becoming unable to provide decent care for most people; millions of people unable to afford decent housing; an economy unable to make the shift to renewable energy; a rich country with hundreds of thousands of people short of food and heating. This is all unnecessary and only the Green Party has the determination and policies to make the difference we need.

    I am very proud to have been endorsed by the National Health Action Party. Our two parties are the only parties active in England which are campaigning for the end of privatisation in the NHS and in support of the Junior Doctors. It is true that Jeremy Corbyn agrees with us but the vast majority of the Labour Party 'establishment', (MPs. Councillors and party officials) do not.

    What Larry will do when elected

    My priorities will be to support legislation:

    • To reverse the privatisation of the NHS and to fund it properly
    • To build hundreds of thousands of good quality Council Houses for rent and a similar number of Community Land Trust homes for sale with the land kept in community ownership (which will cut their price in half)
    • To make sure the richest individuals and corporations pay their full taxes
    • To require all employers pay a minimum wage of £10 an hour, ending the scandal of millions of workers in poverty
    • To severely reduce the unemployment and under-employment of 5 million people ready and willing to work by a program to renew and improve our infrastructure.

    This is a rich, skilled and decent country. We can do much better.

    Larry's life

    Here is Larry talking about Oxford and the world when interviewed in 2013.

    28 signatures


    I call on the government to reverse the privatisation of the NHS and to fund it properly.

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  • published We can do better in News 2015-02-22 16:11:09 +0000

    We can do better

    Excess Winter Deaths: This is one of those astonishing headings. Every winter more people die than would be expected, about 250 in Oxfordshire alone. They die because they can't cope with the cold. They don't eat well enough or they lack heating. Britain has a bigger excess than Sweden because we have more people, especially older peple whose homes aren't well insulated or who can't afford sufficient heating or can't afford both food and heat. We don't solve the problems. We just know people will die, painfully and unnecessarily. 

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  • signed Housing petition 2014-10-21 12:24:36 +0100
    There is much talk about the Housing Crisis.This is a chance to do something about it.

    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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Green Party candidate in the Witney by-election on 20 October 2016. Fighting for the NHS and a sustainable, prosperous society for all.