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.


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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.

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    PETITION

    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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  • answered 2014-08-13 19:54:36 +0100
    Q: 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.

    Candidate Application Questionnaire

    Everyone who wants to be a parliamentary candidate for the Green Party in Oxfordshire, or stand in a council target ward, must complete this questionnaire. 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 questionnaire.

    There are 15 questions in all, the first of which you see below. They cover eligibility, your selection statement, how much time you can contribute and what help you need from the party.

    If you have any difficulties completing the questionnaire, email the Oxfordshire Green Party Elections co-ordinator with the same information, and any questions you have.

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