Elections training in Oxford

Come and learn how to win the 7 May 2015 elections for the Green Party in SE England.

Are you a new member? 2800 people joined the Green Party in SE England in 2014, 1800 in the last 3 months. Welcome. Come to one of our training and find out how you can help in our local and general election campaigns.
  • How do you get people to consider voting Green? Learn about leaflets and press releases.
  • How do you find people who will go and vote Green on polling day? Have a go at canvassing.
  • Where can we win? Learn about how campaigns are organised, and our strategies to win in 2015, despite England's unfair voting system.
Or are you an experienced member? Someone who has been waiting for the day when hundreds of supporters can come out to campaign with you? Come to one of our training days and learn new skills for the 2015 campaigns.
  • How can we get voters to listen to Green messages? Learn about the key campaign themes and our communications strategy.
  • Confident dealing with the media? Have a go at video interviewing, hustings practice and making your own videos.
  • How can you engage new volunteers and members in your campaign? Learn how to scale up with the Green surge.


1000 On arrival participants go to tables to study displays and talk to guides and participants from around the SE. Sign up for afternooon sessions.
  1. Why we need to win. A welcome by Ann Duncan, parliamentary candidate for Oxford East.
  2. Brighton, Brighton, Brighton. By Jonathan Essex, chair SE Green Party
  3. How to win. Elections strategy by Deputy Mayor, Craig Simmons.
  4. Q&A on election timetable and processes, by Craig Simmons and David Newman, Oxfordshire elections co-ordinator.
  5. Campaigning software and data. A quick demo of some software for organising campaigns, by David Newman, SE webmaster.
  6. Introduction to canvassing, by Elise Benjamin.
1215 Lunch and canvassing practice. Groups go out with an experienced canvasser to knock on doors in Oxford East and listen to voters.
1415 Parallel workshops 1
1445 Parallel workshops 2
1515 Tea
1530 Knowledge sharing sessions. Plan your campaign with participants from similar areas.
1600 Finish


Since we are using a whole church, we can run several small group workshops at the same time. Sign up in the morning for your preferred sessions. Workshops that could be offered are:

  1. Video making and interview practice.
    Candidates can practice been interviewed on video (individually or in mock hustings), others can learn how to make videos using mobile phones.
  2. Writing for different media.
    Practice writing for press releases, letters, Facebook, Twitter, blogs, etc. so that people will read it.
  3. Framing our messages.
    How can we set the agenda when communicating with voters and the media?
  4. Online media.
    How to campaign online, using social media to effectively to spread our messages, and recruit new supporters.
  5. Data management.
    How can we collect, analyse and use data in an election campaign as well as Obama did?
  6. Fund-raising
    Sharing good fundraising techniques.

Depending on interest from participants, we will run some during the training day, others as webinars afterwards.

Knowledge sharing sessions

At the end of the day, participants will come together in groups dealing with the same type of campagning, and work out what they can do next.

  1. Rural campaigns
  2. Urban campaigns
  3. Student campaigns
  4. Parliamentary campaigns (for general election candidates)
  5. Capacity building: engaging the Green surge for future campaigns

Finally, it is a great opportunity to learn from people from other local parties, including the Oxfordshire Green Party members who are campaigning in the Oxford East advanced constituency, one of the national Green Party targets.

Please RSVP below so we can plan for the numbers coming. We will send out further details of arrangements for the day and the programme shortly before the event. We are asking for a donation of £5 to cover the cost of room hire on the day, from everyone who can afford it.

February 07, 2015 at 10:30am - 4pm
Wesley Memorial Methodist Church
New Inn Hall Street
Oxford OX1 2DH
United Kingdom
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David Newman · · 01865 429750
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