Oxford West & Abingdon Hustings report

Oxford West & Abingdon environmental hustings meeting

Oxford West & Abingdon environmental hustings meeting

The Oxford West & Abingdon environmental hustings took place on 28 April. Candidates attending were

  • Sally Copley – Labour
  • Mike Foster – Socialist Party of Great Britain
  • Ian Hudspeth (representing Nicola Blackwood) – Conservative
  • Layla Moran – Liberal Democrats
  • Helen Salisbury – National Health Action Party
  • Larry Sanders – Green
Sally Copley, Labour

Sally Copley, Labour

The meeting was chaired by Sam Clarke, chair of Low Carbon Oxford North. The questions asked included:

  1. What do you do as an individual to reduce your impact on the environment?
  2. The scientific consensus is that we need to act urgently to prevent dangerous climate change. What urgent action does your party propose to take and when?
  3. Oxfordshire has over 60 Community Action Groups working
    Mike Foster, Socialist Party of Great Britain

    Mike Foster, Socialist Party of Great Britain

    on projects such as renewable energy, local food and waste reduction. How will you represent and act on your constituents’ views in Parliament, given that this is one of the highest levels of grassroots action in the UK?

  4. What is your position on supporting the onshore and offshore wind industry? Does your position differ in any way from that of your party?
  5. Do you support fracking and are you prepared to sign a frack-free pledge?
  6. Ian Hudspeth (representing Nicola Blackwood), Conservative

    Ian Hudspeth (representing Nicola Blackwood), Conservative

    Today WWF published its Living Forests Report, calling for urgent action to achieve zero net deforestation by 2020. What action will you take to achieve this goal?

  7. According to the IPCC the fossil fuel industry has between 3 and 5 times as much coal, oil and gas as can safely be burned, yet they continue to explore for yet more. Divestment from fossil fuels is rapidly gaining traction as a way that public institutions can take a moral and economic stand against this dangerous industry. Do the candidates support moves by the local authorities, universities and
    Layla Moran, Liberal Democrats

    Layla Moran, Liberal Democrats

    churches to divest?

  8. Given that animal agriculture accounts for at least 18% of all greenhouse gas emissions according to the UN’s 2006 report and as much as 51% according to Worldwatch’s 2009 report (once respiration is included), together with the enormous extra land space required to eat higher up the food chain, what are the candidates’ positions on the necessity to adopt a more plant based lifestyle on a societal level?
  9. Helen Salisbury, National Health Action Party

    Helen Salisbury, National Health Action Party

    If elected, how would you personally use parliamentary processes and your influence to promote active travel (cycling & walking) in Oxford West & Abingdon?

  10. Given the news today about Shell and BP between them having more meetings with the last government’s ministers than the entire renewable energy sector, what do candidates propose should be a model for enabling fair access to government ministers?

    Larry Sanders, Green

    Larry Sanders, Green

More photos of the evening can be found on Flickr.

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Oxford West & Abingdon hustings

Image of the Oxford West & Abingdon climate change hustings poster

Image of the Oxford West & Abingdon climate change hustings poster

The Climate Change Hustings meeting for the Oxford West & Abingdon Constituency takes place on Tuesday 28 April at 7.30pm in the Assembly Room of Oxford Town Hall.

Come and hear what your party candidates in Oxford West and Abingdon have to say about the key environmental questions of our time:

  • on climate change and what we must do about it
  • on sustainable energy policy and air quality
  • on making homes more energy efficient
  • about flooding in Oxford
  • about active transport (walking, cycling …) and health
  • about pesticides and biodiversity

Chaired by Sam Clarke, Chair of Low Carbon Oxford North.

You can submit questions on the night, email them in advance to hustings@oxfoe.co.uk, or tweet them to @Lowcon using hashtag #hustingsq.

Sponsored by Low Carbon Oxford North, Low Carbon West Oxford, Cyclox, Oxford Friends of the Earth and Fossil Free Oxfordshire.

Download the poster (PDF) for this event: Oxford West poster

Oxford East Hustings report

Oxford East environmental hustings meeting

Oxford East environmental hustings meeting

The Oxford East environmental hustings took place on 22 April. Candidates attending were

  • Chaka Artwell – Independent
  • Ann Duncan – Green
  • Tom Hayes (representing Andrew Smith) – Labour
  • Alasdair Murray -Liberal Democrat
  • Kevin Parkin – Socialist Party GB
Chaka Artwell, Independent

Chaka Artwell, Independent

The meeting was chaired by Barbara Hammond, CEO of the Low Carbon Hub. BBC Oxford filmed the proceedings and a brief report was shown on South Today on BBC1 on 23 April. There is also an article about the hustings on the BBC Oxford website. The questions asked were:

  1. What is it feasible to achieve at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris this December and what will you be pushing our government to press for?
  2. Thinking of flooding in Oxford – do you think that the proposed flood relief channel will provide an effective solution?

    Ann Duncan, Green Party

    Ann Duncan, Green Party

  3. Are any of the parties considering overpopulation, which is probably the basic issue of all our problems? Too many humans depleting resources and piling up polluting waste.
  4. What are your priorities for protecting the natural environment for future generations?
  5. Tom Hayes, Labour (representing Andrew Smith)

    Tom Hayes, Labour (representing Andrew Smith)

    According to the IPCC the fossil fuel industry has between 3 and 5 times as much coal, oil and gas as can safely be burned, yet they continue to explore for yet more. Divestment from fossil fuels is rapidly gaining traction as a way that public institutions can take a moral and economic stand against this dangerous industry. Do the candidates support moves by the local authorities, universities and churches to divest?

  6. What can government do to stimulate investment in making the UK’s housing stock better insulated and warm? What steps will you take as our MP to bring this about and cut domestic carbon emissions?

    Alasdair Murray, Liberal Democrats

    Alasdair Murray, Liberal Democrats

  7. How will you reply to your daughter or granddaughter when she asks you in fifteen years what you did as an MP to get a grip on climate change and keep the rise in global temperatures below 2C?
  8. Do you support fracking and are you prepared to sign a frack-free pledge?
  9. How many new nuclear power stations do you want to see in the UK and do you think they should be subsidized?
  10. Both the coalition parties have spent too much on road-building, a fair amount on main-line rail, almost nothing on local rail and has cut bus funding. Britain is 25 years behind Germany and Austria, where since the late 1980s, visually-impaired and hearing-impaired
    Kevin Parkin, Socialist Party of Great Britain

    Kevin Parkin, Socialist Party

    passengers are helped by ‘next stop’ announcements and displays. Shouldn’t we scrap HS2 and new roads and invest in buses and local rail?

  11. If elected, how would you personally use parliamentary processes to promote Active Travel?

More photos of the evening can be found on Flickr.

Barbara Hammond to chair Oxford East hustings

Barbara Hammond

Barbara Hammond

We are delighted to announce that the Oxford East Environmental Hustings Meeting on 22 April will be chaired by Barbara Hammond, Chief Executive of the Low Carbon Hub. Until 2010, Barbara’s role was in Government, including running the UK’s renewable energy programmes. Her current roles are CEO of the Low Carbon Hub; Director of the Low Carbon Oxford Programme, a city-wide initiative to reduce emissions; and Chair of West Oxford Community Renewables (or WOCoRe). She therefore has an intimate knowledge of renewable energy issues both locally and nationally, and is an ideal person to chair this meeting.

Welcome to OxfordEcoHustings

This site was set up to highlight the responses and policies of Oxford candidates in the 2015 General Election to climate change and environmental issues. The city of Oxford is split between two Parliamentary constituencies, Oxford East and Oxford West & Abingdon, and both are covered here. There are two main ways of comparing candidates’ views: hustings meetings and written questions.

Hustings meetings

Two hustings meetings are being organised by local groups specifically on environmental issues, one for each of the Oxford constituencies:

Written questions

A number of local organisations have written to local candidates with specific questions. Here we provide links to those groups’ websites where their questions and the candidates’ responses are published.