Councillor Christian Vassie

Our Parliamentary Candidate: Christian Vassie

Our Parliamentary Candidate: Christian Vassie

Our Parliamentary Candidate: Christian Vassie

Contact Christian: email cllr.cvassie@york.gov.uk, telephone: 01904 449206

Christian is a City of York Councillor (13 years) and a creative professional. He has produced the music for over 80 television and film productions, worked as a product designer and design manager in Fair Trade, produced environmental films in countries across Europe, is a successful fiction author and, for nine years, edited the Green Liberal Democrats' Challenge magazine. He's run his own business for 30 years. He grew up in Deighton, south of York and lives with his family in Wheldrake. 

Christian is passionate about the environment, human rights, internationalism, and ensuring that rural communities thrive in a changing world. 

"Over his 13 years as a city councillor Christian has consistently focused on delivering practical change. If elected he will do the same in parliament. 

2006 Christian brought City of York Council its first environmentally sustainable building - the ecoDepot - the largest straw-clad building in Europe, saving the city council tens of thousands a year in energy bills ever since. 

2008, as executive member for Leisure & Culture, Christian introduced the 'smart meter library scheme' whereby residents could borrow smart meters from their local library as easily as borrowing a book. This was copied in 30 local authorities across the UK, and in other European Countries. 

2019 As chair of the climate change committee, he persuaded the administration to introduce a carbon reduction manager post to oversee the create of a credible climate change policy and strategy. 

2020 Christian created the city's first wildflower verge, in Wheldrake, 7000 square metres that provide new habitat for pollinators, birds, harvest mice, and 75 wildflower species including rare bee orchids. 

Christian also led action on persuading the city council to lobby Government on the crisis in NHS dentistry. 

2022 he led the charge to save Naburn Parish school from closure, protecting a village and primary school education. 

2023, after 3 years as City of York council's representative on the North Yorkshire Pension Fund Committee, Christian had been instrumental in driving £450 million pounds of investments towards equities that are in line with the Paris Agreement Climate Accords, including £140 million specifically into a climate opportunities fund supporting green infrastructure, sustainable agriculture and renewable energy. 

2024 he has been working, as vice chair of the Health Commitee, to persuade the Integrate Care Partnership to create new primary care centres in rural areas that combine doctors, dentists and a pharmacy in one building. 

"We cannot respond to the health care needs of local residents and cut carbon emissions from transport without transforming the way primary care is delivered in rural areas," says Christian.

Changing our nation isn't just about identifying what is wrong with others, it is about advancing solutions. 

 

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