Denise Craghill

Guildhall Ward Councillor

Guildhall Councillor
Denise Craghill

I qualified as a librarian and worked in local government in Sheffield including running a specialist library in the economic development department and later on liaison work with the voluntary and community sector. I worked briefly in York libraries before becoming a fundraiser and events organiser for the Yorkshire Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND). This included organising the Day of Dance at Saltaire for over ten years.

Originally from the Lake District, I have lived in York since 2000. I became a member of the Green Party in 1990 and have campaigned on a wide range of local and global issues, always believing in the power of individuals working together to make a difference.

I have been a member of Fulford Parish Council for four years, chaired the Council of management at York Steiner School for 5 years and was a governor at Fulford School for a 4 year term.

Since my election for Guildhall ward in May 2015,  I have concentrated mostly on being a councillor, supporting local residents and working on issues relevant to the ward. I am a member of the committee of the Groves Association and worked very hard to support residents in getting the new Walmgate Community Association established. I chair the Friends of New Walk. and am currently (up to April 2019) a member of the Area Planning Committee and the Health and Well Being Board. I was previously a member of the Health and Social Care Scrutiny Committee and chaired the Learning and Culture Policy and Scrutiny Committee for a year. I have brought successful motions to Full Council calling for further action to tackle homelessness and food poverty in York and have taken part in task groups looking at play facilities, public health spending and the sudden closure of Bootham Park Mental Health Hospital.

I live in Fishergate ward with my partner and Fishergate councillor, Andy D’Agorne and have one grown up daughter. I recently turned my small south-facing front garden over to vegetable growing, which has made me feel even more a part of York’s expanding edible growing culture – and led to lots of interesting conversations with passers -by!

Denise says ‘I have loved being a councillor for Guildhall ward for the last 3 – 4 years. I’ve learned a lot and would really like the opportunity to build on this over the next 4 years. Working with residents to make things happen is a highlight of the job.’

Can I scream please?

How many times does @RLong_Bailey have to have it explained to her that we can't have political control over a customs union if we aren't a member of the EU?

This unicorn hunting by @UKLabour when all our futures are at stake is hugely irresponsible


I have asked Health and Well Being Board chair Carole Runciman to request an explanation from @Tewv as to the impact of this on #york .Will there be more than 72 beds in the new hospital or was this increase from proposed 60 only ever agreed with Harrogate in mind? @YorkGreens

A #Brexit debate is on the cards - but not everyone is invited.

We need a cross-party debate representing every nation and all possible routes forward.

I just signed the petition to make it #ARealDebate

Broadcasters must use any TV debate to present the full, complex reality of #Brexit - & that means including a #PeoplesVote. Sign & share 👇

Shankar Singham? On his own and without any balance? Come on @BBCr4today. And I’m not sure you mentioned that he works at the opaquely funded IEA!

To understand my outrage please read more on the #BrexitSyndicate website:


This 3.1% rise in rail fares is outrageous!

A reminder of the real terms change in the cost of transport since 1980:

Bus and coach fares +64%

Rail fares +63%

Motoring -20%

Govt should be taking action to cut fares - not building new roads & subsidising fossil fuels.

The Govt will spend £56bn on an unnecessary and destructive new #HS2 line while millions still can’t access their local railway stations. There’s enough money to create cheap, quality, accessible local transport for all. The Govt is simply making the wrong decisions.

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