Sabine Jansen Havercroft
I’m originally from Germany and have lived in the UK for 27 years now – 25 of those in York. I’ve recently become a British citizen – mostly because of Brexit. I have been a teacher of children aged 11 to 18 at a large York comprehensive school here in York for 23 years. I’d like to think that by teaching German, French and Spanish I also teach my students to be open-minded, to apreciate other cultures and to want to travel and broaden their horizons. I’m married and have two sons aged 13 and 17. I joined the Green Party last year because they are the only party who have a clear position on Brexit. I also feel that the Greens best represent my ideals of equality, peace, caring for the environment and a fair, just and diverse society!
I’m now retired but worked for a good many years as an advertising regulator, most recently with OFCOM and the Advertising Standards Authority. I’m not sure advertising can really be effectively regulated though! Before that I worked in radio as a producer with Radios 2 & 4 and in promotions with Radio Forth in Edinburgh. I’m from Edinburgh but have lived in York for about 9 years now and love it. It’s big enough to have lots going on but small enough to be human scale. Perfect.
I belong to the Green Party because I believe they are the only party that have plans for a future that I want to live in.
Energy conservation and renewable energy technologies in place of fossil fuels are well known to be a priority for the Greens, quite rightly, because otherwise there will be no future for the human race.
However, Greens are also concerned to improve life right now for everybody. They know that a society where people are more equal is a happier, healthier and wealthier society.
Greens advocate free, good quality, publicly provided education, healthcare, libraries, good public transport for all, affordable housing, a minimum wage that is a living wage and support for local, small and medium businesses. I believe that in a wealthy nation such as ours, these things are all easily achievable if we spread out wealth a little more equally.
I have lived in York for over 30 years, working in software development and IT support. I live with my husband, have two adult daughters who attended local state schools, and a grandson.