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The Green Party has selected a mum living in Clementhorpe as their candidate for the forthcoming Micklegate by- election, following the announcement that Cllr Julie Gunnell has stood down.
If elected, Rosie Baker would follow Lars Kramm (elected in 2015) to become the second Green councillor for the ward, our 2nd Green woman and the fifth Green on City of York Council! With a background in education and social policy Rosie has quickly settled into the local community with her partner and young son, working at a research company on North Street, at Barnardos in West and East Yorkshire and as office manager for the local Green Party.
Issues she’s concerned about:
Rosie’s political career began as secretary and caseworker for the Reform Jersey Party and since becoming Policy Officer for the York Green Party she is focussing on health and wellbeing – particularly relevant to Micklegate is the party campaign to cut air pollution from traffic plus the
“If elected a key priority for me will be campaigning for solutions for vulnerable people and those on low-incomes, such as a proper living wage and looking towards a universal basic income, sustainable housing ideas such as YorSpace's community benefit society and my priority for voting at council meetings will be as a voice of REAL opposition to public service cuts.”
Another urgent campaign Rosie is supporting is the replacement of the Clementhorpe flood barrier, due by 2017 but now delayed until 2018 so we will put pressure where it needs to go on this and she is hoping to jin the steering group for a Community Emergency Plan.
Getting to the bottom of people’s recycling woes is another of her top priorities to get better information and support for people to achieve their recycling as stress-free as possible – green bins please! Rosie cooks as a volunteer at Your Cafe (recycled food waste project in Tang Hall) and she's looking forward to doing some research for the sustainable food strategy in York.
A special educational needs practitioner and fledgling social scientist, Rosie’s career has spanned youth justice, supported employment, Looked After Children’s services and most recently she’s qualified as an education mediator for a leading children’s charity. She’s studied social policy & research for public policy, currently working on a dissertation about the views of children with autism, and she has previously worked in Jersey, Manchester, south of France and on conservation projects in Australia.
Rosie can be contacted for further information via firstname.lastname@example.org
John has lived in Hull Road ward for 16 years and knows the area well, understanding many of the issues which matter to local people, such as student housing, congested roads, access to space for recreation, bus services and antisocial behaviour. He is also conscious of city-wide and national politics, but his job as a Councillor will be to help manage the city in a way that enables everyone to access the services they need, whilst balancing budgets and managing conflicting pulls on resources.
His focus is on quality of life issues, health and wellbeing. He cares about clean air, affordable food, and good public transport which reduces the amount of traffic on the roads so that we can all travel easily and safely. He wants local people to enjoy their neighbourhood and take pride in where they live, to be friends with more people on their street and feel safe and secure. He says
“I want people to be able to live good lives without consuming too many finite resources and causing waste and pollution.”
He has a long history of volunteering and getting things done, from planting trees in St Nicholas Fields in the 1990s, to starting York Rotters in 2004, helping to get the Red Tower project going over the past couple of years, to working with the Save Windmill Lane Playing Fields team today. His self employment as an entertainer means he understands some of the problems about being on a low income, and as a parent is aware of the difficulties that family life can throw up
Bethan, 26, has already made her mark developing an ethical business here in York. She is now keen to apply her grit and determination in solving larger social and environmental issues. Bethan has lived in York for over seven years, first as a student and then as a permanent resident of Clifton.
When asked about why she joined the Green Party, Bethan states that:
"I joined because I feel that the Green Party are clearly the only party who can be trusted to put the needs of all people beyond destructive and unstable party politics. They are also one of the few parties which have policies which support people throughout their entire lifespan, not just in youth or old age.”
"I am extremely excited about the prospect of representing a Green voice at a national level. In our current unstable political climate, I believe the Green Party cuts through the hyperbole with a clear message of hope, complemented by policies that are focused on creating real positive change.”
Bethan Vincent will be promoting Green solutions that would transform the future; calling for a coordinated programme to tackle climate change and environmental pollution.
Bethan is also extremely passionate about developing social equality and fairness including a focus on ‘green’ job creation and a zero carbon, low car York Central development.
On June 8th York Green Party is going to be vigorously campaigning to win two council seats in the Micklegate and Hull Rd by-elections, where we are the main challenger to Labour. We will also be contesting the York Outer seat after it has become clear that neither the Lib Dem nor Labour Parties were willing to form some sort of alliance with paired standing down to increase the chances of defeating the current Tory MP.
However, following extensive discussion and consideration of the situation in York Central constituency through two members meetings we have decided to withdraw the Green candidate nomination in order to play our part in securing progressive MPs in Parliament.
I know this will disappoint some of our supporters (and please others), but we feel that in the local circumstances this is the right course of action this time to minimise the risk of contributing towards victory for a Conservative candidate. We will use this action to highlight the need for a proportional voting system, as used in more progressive institutions such as the Scottish and Welsh Parliaments, the London Assembly etc and many other countries.
Andy D’Agorne said “We will still be actively involved in debating the issues such as the crisis in our health and social care, local threats to health and environment such as traffic pollution, fracking and the damaging consequences of this government’s policies. Increasing our council seats from 4 to 6 will make us far more effective as a force for change within York, working where we can in partnership with other parties, businesses and community organisations.”