As mentioned in the last post, we have contacted candidates in the Oxford City Council elections to ask their views about the Fossil Free Oxfordshire campaign, and we now have the results.We asked the candidates three questions:
- Do you agree that Oxford City Council should freeze any new investments in fossil fuels companies and completely divest from such companies within five years?
- If elected, would you be willing to pursue the aims of the Fossil Free Oxfordshire campaign within the City Council?
- If you have any further comments about this campaign, please give them here.
We did the survey by email, and unfortunately we weren’t able to obtain email addresses for all the candidates. In addition to emailing those we could directly, we contacted the local Conservative, Liberal Democrat, Green and UKIP parties and asked them to either provide email addresses or forward the questions to the candidates themselves. None of them provided a list of emails, and we have no way of knowing whether they forwarded the questions. (The Green Party told us they would.) We didn’t ask the Labour Party to do this because all their candidates had publicly available email addresses so contacted them directly.
All the responses we received are reproduced in the table here, which also indicates who we did and didn’t email directly. Candidates are listed in alphabetical order of ward and then surname.