Tom Franklin

After a long period of not being involved in party politics I joined the Green Party in 2012, as it is the only party that is taking climate change seriously.

Since then I have discovered how many of its policies I like from advocating active transport (walking and cycling) pushing for better local public transport, fighting for better air quality so that we can all have clean air to breathe to the Citizen’s Income. I have also found it warm and friendly, and a great way to get to know York and its people when I moved here in 2015.

I am particularly concerned about the arms trade and the death and destruction that follows from that. I have twice been arrested for trying to prevent arms sales to countries like Saudi Arabia, Israel and Turkey. The first time I was acquitted on the grounds that I was trying to prevent war crimes and crimes against humanity. The second time I was acquitted for using the right to protest, but the Crown Prosecution Service is currently appealing the acquittal.

I am a father with two grown up children and live with my partner and her one-eyed cat in North York.

Jonathan Pitt

Jonathan Pitt

I am originally from London and I have lived in York for five and a half years in the Acomb area.

I think that the party has a lot to offer as there are no Green Party councillors in the Acomb ward, I work for a City Sightseeing bus company, on a seasonal basis and I met people from many countries and cultures which I see as a positive aspect for myself. It keeps me open minded.

I have two young children and I would like them to have a future where they can achieve their ambitions and live in a clean and safe environment.

The issues I am concerned about air quality, rubbish and recycling, education, transport and travel, health and leisure.

I joined the Green Party three years ago and the party aims to create a society which is fair, honest, promotes equality and harmony.