Lawrence “Larry” Sanders (born 25 April 1934) is an American-British academic, social worker, and Health Spokesperson of the Green Party of England and Wales. Sanders is the elder brother of United States Senator and former 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
Sanders attended Brooklyn College, received his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School, and obtained a master’s degree in social work from the University of Oxford.
Sanders immigrated to Britain in 1968 or 1969. He became a university lecturer at the University of West London, then at Oxford in the department of social administration. He was an employee and trustee of the Oxfordshire Carers’ Forum and Oxfordshire Community Care Rights from 1996.
His son, Jacob Edward (Jake) Sanders (born 26 November 1968), was elected to Oxford City Council in 2000. He was a Green Party parliamentary candidate in the Oxford East constituency at the 2005 general election.
Sanders was active in the Labour Party in Oxford in the 1980s. He left Labour in 2001 because he felt that it had moved too far to the right under Tony Blair, and joined the Green Party.
First elected in 2005, Sanders was a Green Party county councillor representing the East Oxford division on Oxfordshire County Council, until he retired from the Council in 2013. His main focuses in county politics were social and health care services. He resigned from the board of the Oxfordshire Mental Healthcare NHS Trust in October 2005 in a principled stand amid concerns that proposed cuts to services would leave vulnerable patients at greater risk.
He became chairman of the Oxford Community School’s Board of Governors in September 2009, following the resignation of the previous chairman, Chris Ballinger, and six other board members. In December of the same year, the Department for Children, Schools and Families approved an application by Oxfordshire County Council to disband the Board of Governors and replace them with an interim executive board. On hearing the decision, Sanders stated that he was “dreadfully disappointed”.
Sanders ran as a Green Party candidate for Oxford West and Abingdon in the 2015 British general election and came in fifth, receiving 2,497 votes, or 4.4% of the overall vote.
In February 2016 he was appointed Health Spokesperson of the Green Party of England and Wales.
Sanders was elected as a pledged delegate for Bernie Sanders to the 2016 Democratic National Convention at the Democrats Abroad Global Convention in Berlin in May 2016. He tearfully spoke at the convention on 26 July of his intention to cast his vote for his brother.
Sanders was selected as the Green Party candidate for the 2016 Witney by-election in September.