Micklegate By-election on 8 June, 2017
Cllr Julie Gunnell (Labour), who represents Micklegate ward is stood down in April, triggering a by-election. .
York Green Party selected Clementhorpe resident and Green4Micklegate activist Rosie Baker as the candidate for the by-election.
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
General Election 2017
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.”
Local & general elections 2015
On May 7 we had local election in York and also the general elections. York Green Party is celebrating an excellent result in the City of York Council local election, with Andy D’Agorne and Dave Taylor being re-elected in Fishergate, and two new Green Councillors joining them – Denise Craghill in Guildhall and Lars Kramm in Micklegate.
Local Election in Mickelgate ward
General Election in York Central
Jonathan Tyler stood as the Green Party Candidate for York Central. He was almost tied for third place with the UKIP candidate with 10% of the votes (only four votes separated them). The Green vote was almost three times higher than in the 2010 election.