I was elected to Oxfordshire County Council in 1997, successfully holding the first Green County Council seat (previously been won by Caroline Lucas). I served as a County Councillor for 12 years, standing down in 2009. I was elected as an Oxford City Councillor in 2002.
As a City Councillor, I have served the people of East Oxford for more than 20 years. I Chaired Scrutiny Committee from 2014 to 2016 and Finance Panel (2014-now). I still sit on the Scrutiny Committee which gives the Greens, and other opposition parties, significant influence over Council decisions. Chairing the Finance Panel means that Greens have a direct and noticeable influence on the Council City budget. For example, during my time as Chair, Oxford became the first Council in the UK to divest from fossil fuels.
I have a long history of community campaigning and was a founding member of Cowley Road Carnival, Low Carbon East Oxford, the East Oxford Farmers’ Market, and the local Car Club.
I live and work in Oxford and am a Director of a global sustainability consultancy.
I am currently Leader of the City Council’s Green Councillors Group and was Deputy Lord Mayor from 2014-15.
“Craig is dedicated to the people of East Oxford and the City itself. His energy and financial expertise is a great asset. Fairness and compassion are at the heart of everything he does.”
- Matt Morton, former local Councillor
“I'll be voting for Craig because he's an experienced and committed representative of the residents of East Oxford. He's both compassionate and professional, consistent and reliable.”
- A. Stonor, Temple Street
"Craig is well-respected across the political spectrum - he is an outstanding local Councillor"
- A. Packer, Bannister Close
“Craig is a conscientious and active local Councillor who listens to, and works hard to care for, people in the community.”
- J. Ingram, Stanley Road
“Craig is always hard at work making East Oxford a better place to live, and keeping it sustainable. “
- C. Gugenheim, Henley Street
“Thank you for resolving a longstanding overdue repair issue for me. This was resolved within a few days of me contacting you and I am very happy with the outcome. You will definitely receive my vote in the coming council elections.”
- C. Blacker, St. Mary’s Road
“Craig understands and supports local needs, why would you vote for anyone else?”
- A. Dawson, Bullingdon Road
"Craig works hard all year round - the only time you see the other parties is at election time!"
- Dr. M. MacFarlane, Hurst Street
"Another Labour Councillor won't make a difference. I'll be voting Green."
- C. Sillero, James Street
“On a personal basis, I support Craig, as I know him to be a hardworking and straight-talking Councillor… I am always impressed to see him working so tirelessly for the residents he represents.”
- S. Chandler, Magdalen Road
“We have found Craig to be a brilliant reliable councillor. He works at the heart of community and always finds intelligent and effective solutions to any issue. We could not endorse him more.”
- H. Evans & S. Barker, Stanley Road
"Craig is an excellent Councillor; hard-working and diligent. Since the Greens were elected this area has seen huge improvements. I will be voting Green."
- V. Houillon, St. Mary’s Road
“The vulnerable and disadvantaged need a strong voice. Craig is that voice. Craig works tirelessly for the local community: he is committed, conscientious, and fearless.”
- Professor A. Linzey, Iffley Road
“Without Craig’s intervention, I would now be homeless. I am forever grateful”
- G. Kirby, Leopold Street
Steve Dawe is a part-time University Lecturer in Development Studies and has taught a variety of other social science subjects such as Environmental Policy and Researching Public Services. He is currently County Press Officer, Policy Coordinator, Media Committee Convenor and joint Cowley Cluster organiser for Oxfordshire Green Party. Outside Party politics he serves as Press Officer for Oxford City Farm & Chair of the Bullingdon Association which runs the Bullingdon Community Centre. He has been a Green Party member since 1983.
I am standing to get elected and implement Green Party policy. In addition, I have relevant experience from standing for the Green Party in elections since 1984. Housing is a critical issue that needs addressing in Oxford. Secondary issues include the local environment within the City, and the many ways it is used and abused–including issues such as the careful conservation of green open space, reducing traffic flows especially in areas of traffic congestion, improving walking and cycling routes and increasing the availability of allotment space.
Hazel Dawe is heavily involved in the Oxford City Farm project helping organise work parties on the site and helping negotiate the lease with the County Council. Hazel is an associate member of Florence Park Community Association and a regular user of the Community Centre. She is also a Cyclox champion for Cowley. She has given awards to the best cafes for plastic avoidance after organising a survey on plastic use in cafes around Oxfordshire.
Hazel has responded to many planning proposals around Cowley including the hotel development on Between Towns Road and the student development on Hollow Way. She opposed the William Morris Close development which would have worsened the already appalling congestion in Hollow Way. She is a member of CPRE (Council for the Protection of Rural England).
If elected Hazel will continue to support our local community groups: Florence Park Community Centre, Oxford City Farm and Flo’s the Place in the Park – the new community hub. She will also be an active advocate of fully segregated cycle routes in the City. She will advocate preserving our green spaces whilst tackling the housing crisis by providing truly affordable, energy efficient housing on the many brown field sites in Oxford.Send question
I have lived in Oxfordshire my whole life so I feel I know the area well and understand many of the issues facing the community; I love living in Oxford.
I am a trained teacher and currently work as a trainer for staff within the Early years sector and as an IT trainer for individuals throughout the county.
I spend lots of my time volunteering for Girlguiding, a charity I have been involved in for most of my life and which has given some incredible opportunities.
Why are you standing?
The lack of social justice and equality in the country are painfully felt throughout the county and impacts on our most vulnerable citizens, as a member of the city council I have a louder voice and can influence change.
- Protect services for homeless people, the elderly and children
- Develop more affordable, social and low carbon housing
- Search for innovative ways to reduce pollution in the city centre
I was first elected to Oxford City Council in 1999 serving as a City Councillor for 15 years in total. I have been working on behalf of residents in the area since 1994.
I live and work in the community and am active all year round, responding to many individual casework enquiries, supporting residents with planning, housing and transport issues, attending residents’ meetings, and helping at community events.
I was Lord Mayor of Oxford from 2011-12 – the first Green to take on this role in 889 years!
Since moving to Oxford in 1993 I have been involved in many community committees including Donnington Doorstep Family Centre, East Oxford Adventure Playground Association, and East Oxford Primary School Governors. I am currently a Trustee of Elder Stubbs, sit on the Board of the Broken Spoke Bike Co-op, and am a Board Member of the Free West Papua Campaign. I am also on the Advisory Board for the Southern Policy Centre think tank set up by former Labour Minister John Denham.
In my time as a City Councillor, I chaired Planning Committee, Employment & Economic Development committee, the East Area Parliament (area committee), and the Pensioner’s Forum. I have also represented the Council at several successful planning appeals. I was the City Green Group Planning and Economic Development Shadow.
After a 2 year break, during which I have spent a lot of time working with homeless people in Oxford, I know that the most effective way I can work support homeless people and the many others struggling to pay high housing costs in Oxford is by becoming an elected Councillor again.
What will you do if you are elected?
If elected I will work to:
- End the homelessness crisis
- Tackle air pollution
- Save our community facilities
- Protect our environment
- Make cycling safer
- Challenge Brexit
My Political Philosophy in a Nutshell:
Now that it’s raining more than ever, Know that we’ll still have each other, You can stand under my umbrella...
Rihanna, Good Girl Gone Bad, 2007
‘Only connect! That was the whole of her sermon. Only connect the prose and the passion, and both will be exalted and human love will be seen at its height. Live in fragments no longer. Only connect, and the beast and the monk, robbed of the isolation that is life to either, will die.’
E.M. Forster, Howards End, 1910.
I have put myself forward as a candidate for the Oxfordshire Green Party to promote two principles, inclusivity and connection. We live in a world where we are made to feel welcome only being by part of an exclusive group. Inclusivity ensured by exclusivity-no wonder people feel tense and confused!
This only encourages us to see the differences between each other rather than the simple fact that we share everything. By focussing on our differences we lose trust. Without trust we are weaker as individuals and hopeless as societies.
We are all connected. To each other and to nature. The most beautiful and life-affirming aspects of our existence occur when we realise those connections, when we let ourselves revel in each others happiness and when we take a step towards alleviating each others pain.
I want to take an active role in the political process as part of my own personal mission to connect with the lovely folk of Oxfordshire and with this green and pleasant land. Please get in touch and follow #greenumbrellaman to be a part of it.
I have lived in Oxford for almost 7 years, moving here soon after receiving an MSc in Environmental Sustainability from Edinburgh University.
I worked in an environmental consultancy before moving to my current place of work, holding the post of Commercial Director at Oxford Renewables. I have enjoyed playing football for Basenose College (In fact you can find a picture of our title wining team hanging in the MCR common room!) and I am a keen sportsman. I was born in the USA, and while I consider Edinburgh my home (having moved there when I was 10) I have also lived for many years in Mexico, a country for which I retain a strong affection. I speak Spanish and French.
I have voted Green since 2010 and joined the Green Party in 2014. Very soon after joining the local party, I realised that I wanted to take an active role As such, I have helped campaign in all elections since joining, worked on fundraising and I now coordinate communications for the Oxfordshire Green Party (OGP).
Why am I standing in University Parks?
I am standing for inclusivity and to promote connection with nature. At a time when we are so often being encouraged to see the differences between each other, I want to focus on the simple fact that everyone shares everything. By concentrating on our differences we lose trust. Without trust we are weaker as individuals and as each person becomes disempowered our communities lose hope.
The Green message is about collaboration and positive action for everyone’s benefit, from the bottom up. The Green approach is about changing the way humans interact with the environment by thinking globally, and acting locally.
As your councillor I will continue the work of the OGP to release the county’s potential. We will lead the way in supporting social equality and putting environmentally focused targets at the heart of its long-term strategic plan to improve the county’s housing, transport links, energy efficiency and jobs.
The Labour-run City Council have seized direct control of East Oxford Community Centre (EOCC) on the Cowley Road) and plan to sell off half the Community Centre site and 'improve' the rest (funded by further sell-offs; East Oxford Games Hall and the Film Oxford building).
The Centre was run by the East Oxford Community Association before the Council power-grab. 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 Greens are contesting claims by Labour that they can re-provide 'improved' facilities on a site half the current size whilst incorporating those activities previously carried out in the Film Oxford building and East Oxford Games Hall.
The Greens have put forward an alternative solution - to instead develop land in nearby Cave Street for housing and instead redevelop the Community Centre land for use by social and community enterprises. This will provide MORE housing and retain the integrity of the EOCC site.
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:
- A Centre run for the community by the community
- Improvements to the East Oxford Community Centre not to be made dependent on the closure of the Games Hall and Film Oxford.
- Proper public consultation on the future of community provision in East Oxford
Oxfordshire Green Party is supporting industrial action by hospital porters against threatened cuts to their incomes.Read more
Greens have reacted strongly against Tory plans to sell off social housing predicting it will be an 'unmitigated disaster for Oxford' putting more people on the streets, increasing rents and leading to more households being forced to move away from their family, friends and support networks.Read more
Around 200 people came to Oxford Town Hall on Tuesday to hear Prof. Alysson Pollock explain how the NHS has been dismantled and how to reinstate it. Listen to her talk.
She explained how over 20 years, under different governments, more and more of the NHS has been opened to private money, until the Health and Social Care Act 2012 removed the Government’s obligation to provide comprehensive free health care for all. The NHS is no longer providing a service, but an organisation commissioning contracts. The contractors can often pick and choose who they will treat.Read more