Become a Green Party Candidate

Have you ever thought of being a Parliamentary candidate for the Green Party?

Oxfordshire Green Party is starting the process for selecting candidates for the next General Election. This is due to be held in 2022 – but it could be a lot sooner! As you will doubtless be aware, these are tumultuous times in British politics. While the likelihood of a sudden General Election has receded at least for the time being, we could still have one at short notice and so as a party we need to be ready if one is called.

Parliamentary candidates come from all walks of life – some have lots of political experience, while others have very little. But all have a desire to try and use their position to promote Green policies and principles.

There are six Parliamentary constituencies in OxfordshireBanbury, Henley, Oxford East, Oxford West and Abingdon, Wantage, and Witney – and we want to get candidates selected for each one as soon as possible so that we are ready whenever an election is called. Our guide for general election candidates explains a bit more about what it involves.

We need applications and nominations for parliamentary candidates by 23:59 on Friday 1 February 2019. There will then be hustings for candidates in February, alongside a ballot of Green Party members in each constituency.

Interested in applying? Then please download the candidate application form, complete it and email it to elections@greenoxford.com.

You can also nominate someone for selection as Green Party candidate for your Witney constituency. Just email their name and contact details to elections@greenoxford.com. We need at least 2 nominations for each applicant.

If being a General Election candidate is too much, but you would still like to help the party by being a candidate in local elections, then please let us know. In 2019 there are elections on 2 May for South Oxfordshire, Vale of the White Horse, Cherwell and West Oxfordshire district councils, and we need more candidates in all these areas. We try to make it possible for people to vote Green wherever they live, so we need Green Party candidates on the ballot paper. You can stand anywhere in West Oxfordshire District Council, not just in Witney North. To do this needs just 10 signatures from local voters, which we can help you get. Please click here to let us know.

West Oxon Green Party

How To Win – Lessons For Green Party Members

South East Green Party’s campaigning expert, Annie Pickering, will lead this interactive, hands-on training session on how to win!

January 22, 2019 at 2pm – 3:30pm

Corner House, Charlbury, Chipping Norton OX7 3QW

Register for FREE here.

Come along and find out how the Green Party has won more councils seats than ever before and how you can get a Green councillor elected where you are.

All members welcome, those with lots – or – no elections experience.

The Second Referendum

It is not often that the Economist concurs with Green Party policy. Its comment on what it calls “this hopeless mess” is:

“… if a deal cannot be struck by March 29th, Britain will fall disastrously out of the EU. Every week in which Mrs May and Parliament fail to come up with a workable Brexit, it becomes clearer that the people themselves must decide—in a second referendum.”

The consequences of a second referendum may, of course, be the same views even more entrenched and the country even more divided. But the consequences of not having one?

Environmental Activism – Down By The River

Tuesday, February 12, 2019
7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Corn Exchange, Witney, OX28 6AB

FREE
Register on Eventbrite at www.bit.ly/westoxonrivers

Come and hear the inspiring stories of two people who decided that they could not stand by and let the character and quality of their local rivers decline.

Ashley Smith founded the Windrush Against Sewage Pollution group, and has successfully challenged water authorities to stop discharging raw sewage into the beautiful Windrush river.

Sid Phelps championed the idea of reintroducing beavers to the Forest of Dean, an idea which has now been adopted by the local authority, and is considered in other areas, as an important contribution to the reduction of flood risk.

Well Done Greenpeace

The Brazilian environmental agency (Ibama) has finally denied Total the license to drill for oil near the Amazon Reef in Brazil! This decision sends a powerful message to governments and companies all over the world: the movement to end the age of oil will continue to grow.

For a while at least, this natural wonder is safe.

To be clear – this doesn’t give the Reef permanent protection. A future drilling application could still be approved. But the decision will still ripple through the industry, and hopefully deter other oil companies.

A RAILWAY FROM CARTERTON TO OXFORD

DARING TO IMAGINE

WOT Group – Final from 3rd Strike Films on Vimeo.

The Witney Oxford Transport group (WOT) has just released a video considering what life might be like for West Oxfordshire residents if a railway complemented the A40. The video might actually inspire the County Council, currently besotted with road improvements to the awful A40.

The video is covered on the front page to today’s Witney Gazette and in the editorial. It does not impress Witney’s passionate MP, who seems to think doubling the Cotswolds line to serve the Cotswolds rich much more important.

A RAILWAY FROM CARTERTON TO OXFORD

DARING TO IMAGINE

A RAILWAY FROM CARTERTON TO OXFORD

The Witney Oxford Transport group (WOT) has just released a video considering what life might be like for West Oxfordshire residents if a railway complemented the A40. The video might actually inspire the County Council, currently besotted with road improvements to the awful A40.

The video is covered on the front page to today’s Witney Gazette and in the editorial. It does not impress Witney’s passionate MP, who seems to think doubling the Cotswolds line to serve the Cotswolds rich much more important.

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<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/311469622“>WOT Group – Final</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/3sf“>3rd Strike Films</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com“>Vimeo</a>.</p>

Dare To Imagine

A RAILWAY FROM CARTERTON TO OXFORD

The Witney Oxford Transport group (WOT) has just released a video considering what life might be like for West Oxfordshire residents if a railway complemented the A40. The video might actually inspire the County Council, currently besotted with road improvements to the awful A40.

The video is covered on the front page to today’s Witney Gazette and in the editorial. It does not impress Witney’s passionate MP, who seems to think doubling the Cotswolds line to serve the Cotswolds rich much more important.

Fat Cats And Charity

What to make of Motability? The charity leases vehicles to disabled people. 1.7 million are eligible.

Smart management has constructed a single package (servicing, breakdown, tax, insurance etc) for each customer, which is tremendously popular, especially as Motability Operations has arranged for such things to be paid directly by government.

There were risks here and management bonuses were introduced in recognition. That was years ago. There are no longer risks, but the bonuses remain. The boss of Motability Operations (now a government-subsidised, government-guaranteed monopoly, owned by a charity) receives annual remuneration of £1.7 million