Larry Sanders wants to volunteer 2017-01-08 21:07:42 +0000
This is a call for candidates to stand for the Green Party at the next elections to Parliament and to councils in Oxfordshire.
Given the turmoil in the Conservative party, there may be a General Election in the next 6 months. In November, we will select our candidates for the 6 constituencies: Banbury, Henley, Oxford East, Oxford West and Abingdon, Wantage, and Witney. If you are interested, fill in the form below.
We need more Green councillors in Oxfordshire. Could you follow in the footsteps of our 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 2019 there will be elections for evrery councillor in South Oxfordshire and the Vale of the White Horse and 1/3 of the counclllors in Cherwell and West Oxfordshire district councils. Then in 2020 there will be elections for 2 councillors in each of the new Oxford City wards.
We need candidates to start right now, preparing for the elections in 2019 and 2020. 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 will arrange 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.
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:
- 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.
- Supply a photograph suitable for the web site.
- 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.
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:
- join or build a campaign team, including a campaign manager, and senior roles to manage volunteers, publicity, data and fundraising,
- work with your team to produce a campaign plan,
- talk to hundreds of voters on the doorstep and at other events,
- taking part in campaign team decisions, including campaign messages,
- respond 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.
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 the Elections Committee will get back to you with more details.
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
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.Read more
Larry Sanders signed Housing petition 2014-10-21 12:24:36 +0100There is much talk about the Housing Crisis.This is a chance to do something about it.
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.
Larry Sanders answered 2014-08-13 19:54:36 +0100Q: Why are you standing?
A: 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.
We are looking for Green Party candidates in the:
- 2019 South Oxfordshire, Vale, Cherwell and West Oxfordshire district council elections,
- 2020 Oxford City Council elections
- 2022 (or maybe much sooner) Parliamentary elections.
All candidates for target seats need to complete this form. A target seat is a priority area where the Oxfordshire Green Party aims to make an impact.
If you just want to get your name on the ballot paper so that voters can vote for the Green Party in your ward (a non-target candidate) you do not need to complete this form.
If you have any difficulties completing the survey, email the Oxfordshire Green Party Elections co-ordinator with the same information, and any questions you have. We can arrange meetings with councillors and campaigners to answer any questions on what our councillors do, or how to win an election. Or read Councillor David William's presentation on Green councillors.
We will start parliamentary selection with a call for nominations in early January. Please fill in your applications now.Take the survey
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.