Chris Jarvis for Iffley Fields and St. Mary's
I’ve been an active Green Party member for ten years, beginning in Norwich, before moving to Oxford in 2016. In that time, I have served on the national executive of the Young Greens and the Green Party as a whole. I was one of the founders of the Oxford Young Greens and have been one of the two target candidates for St Marys ward since mid 2019.
I've both lived and worked in East Oxford – specifically in the Iffley Fields and St Mary’s county division – since July 2016, having first moved to Oxford to work for People & Planet, coordinating their anti-sweatshop campaign, and, since January 2019, have worked as a press officer for public ownership campaign group We Own It.
Outside of this, I am currently the editor of Bright Green – the UK’s largest publication dedicated to Green politics, and am finishing a masters in History at Oxford Brookes, specialising in the history of social movements.
Why I am standing
Local government has the power to transform people’s lives for the better - even in spite of power grabs from Westminster and a decade of cuts, outsourcing and privatisation. From high quality, publicly run services to pioneering environmental protection and grassroots community projects, local councils can deliver real and tangible change.
But the other parties have been wasting the opportunity local government gives them to do just that. Worse still, they’ve pursued policy after policy that have damaged our planet and failed to tackle social injustice and inequality.
But Green councillors are different. Green councillors understand how local government can be used for good – as we’ve seen from all our fantastic councillors across the country.
I want to be a part of the team that delivers that change. With more than a decade of campaigning and communications experience – having won campaigns for fossil fuel divestment and the Living Wage and against labour rights abuses and the privatisation of public services – I believe I can help to use elected office to mobilise people in the fight for a fairer, greener and more equitable Oxfordshire.
How I will campaign
Naturally these are going to be very challenging elections for us. We are typically even more heavily reliant on canvassing and leafletting as a mechanism for winning elections.
However, with covid restrictions likely with us for the foreseeable, it’s important to recognise that this might just not be possible to the same degree. Thankfully, over the last six months, the Donnington and St Marys ward teams (largely covering the Iffley Fields and St Marys county division) have been working to build the profile of the Green Party across the local area and increase the profile of myself and our other target candidates through a series of online talks which have already engaged hundreds of residents.
In the immediate future, I see us as continuing to pursue this approach, alongside resuming our literature deliveries (as we already have done), with canvassing also returning as soon as it is permissible.
In the unlikely event that covid restrictions ease significantly before the local elections in May, I would resume the work that myself and the other members of the St Marys and Donnington teams have already done to mobilise huge numbers of volunteers – particularly Young Greens - for action days. In the summer and autumn of 2019, we hosted action days attended by more than 30 volunteers, surveying the equivalent of 50% of the county division in a single day.
Skills and time commitment
See above. In addition, if I were elected to both the city and county, I intend to leave paid employment to focus wholly on work as a councillor.Send question
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