15 May 2017
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