Meet Councillor for Micklegate Ward

Lars Kramm

Lars Kramm is a trained lawyer, specialising in environmental and European law. He has been a member of his native German Green Party for 15 years, serving in different functions including as a Green Councillor for five years on his hometown’s city council. He has worked as a researcher and lecturer and was an NGO delegate at the Doha international climate change conference in 2012. He works currently as a manager for a York based retail company.

Lars says: “Micklegate has for years been a centre of Green activities and it is an area that means a great deal to me. I am very grateful for the trust that the residents of Micklegate placed in me and I am very happy, but the hard work to meet the expectations as a ward councillor has now started. In our political rainbow ward it is essential to work together and have all residents in mind, not just the ones that voted for us”.

For further information see Lars Kramm’s page

Lars Kramm

Meet your wonderful candidates for Micklegate Ward in 2019:

Rosie Baker

Rosie completed an MSc in Research for Public Policy and Practice from UCL, specialising in autism research, and has worked predominantly as an education and disability practitioner in Manchester, Jersey and currently at Yorkshire universities. Since coming to York in 2015 Rosie has worked for Barnardo’s and in a local research company and is now the voluntary Projects Officer for the York Bus Forum.

She was secretary of her home party, Reform Jersey, and political assistant to one of their elected members which is where her interest in local party politics and campaigning for a more equal society really began. Now for the Greens, her role involves contributing to policy matters (children’s services, education, housing), and she works in the local party office assisting with casework, campaigns, planning events and coordinating volunteers. Rosie’s 7-yr old son has long since been recruited as a ’60-Second Survey’ /leafletting budd! She works hard to make events, meetings etc. as family-friendly as possible. Rosie won over 1500 votes in the Micklegate by-election last year, coming 2nd at the ballot-box, and was recently co-opted to represent Yorkshire and the Humber on Green Party Regional Committee.

Sam Biram

Vera Van Goole

Vera Van Gool

I’m Dutch by origin, but I consider myself a true ‘Anglophile’: ever since I was little I had had this dream to live and work in the United Kingdom, the country that made me fall in love with its nature and rich history. I’ve been working towards realising this dream since September 2015, when I moved to the UK.

I became a member of the green party when an appeal was sent out to all Green Party sympathisers to become members if they identified as immigrants. This was distributed in response to the Brexit vote and, as an immigrant in the UK, I really appreciated this outreach. Particularly with the threat to European citizens’ rights looming. Identifying as a ‘young, European woman’ made me want stand up more for my political convictions. Through doing this I hope to represent some of the underrepresented groups in terms of age, origin and sex in UK politics.

I completed my bachelor at Utrecht University with a focus on both Philosophy and Environmental and Social Studies. I followed this up with a master in Applied Ethics – specialising in Environmental Philosophy at the same University. Then I was offered a PhD position in the same field at the University of Reading which brought me to the UK. After a year and a half I discontinued the PhD to pursue positions in the sustainability sector and politics. Being offered a job at the National Trust’s Beningbrough Hall made me decide to move to York in 2017. I’ve since been a delegate for the Green Party at the 2017 Global Greens Conference, then became vice-chair of York Green Party and will now be standing as a candidate for the 2019 local elections in Micklegate ward. I currently works in IT at Aviva Monk’s Cross, York and enjoy singing as part of the York Theatre Royal Choir, dancing at Northern Dance Academy and playing rugby for York RI Ladies in my spare time.

In the ward pages you will find

You can also find the council pages on Micklegate

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