Lawrence " Larry" Sanders (born 25 April 1935)  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.
Early life, education, and family [ edit ]
Larry Sanders was born in
Brooklyn, New York, to Dorothy ( née Glassberg) and Eli Sanders.  Sanders' father was a Jewish immigrant whose family was killed in  the Holocaust,   while his mother was born in New York City, to Jewish immigrant parents, on 2 October 1912.    His father Eli – born in  Słopnice, Galicia, Austro-Hungarian Empire, on 19 September 1904 – emigrated from his birthplace to America in 1921 at age 17,   and supported his family as a paint salesman.  As Sanders remembers his childhood, the family never lacked for food or clothing, but major purchases, "like curtains or a rug", were difficult to afford.  Sanders' mother died in June 1959 at the age of 46.  Sanders' father later died on 4 August 1962, at the age of 57.  According to Sanders, both brothers attended  James Madison High School in Brooklyn. Sanders described both of them as post-World War II, young Jewish radicals, but were part of the crowd, not yet leaders.  
Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, 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.
Political career [ edit ]
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 & Buckinghamshire Mental Health Partnership 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
Witney by-election in September 2016. He came fourth with 1363 votes (3.54%).  
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^ Stone, Jon (11 Feb 2016). "Bernie Sanders' British brother Larry Sanders appointed UK Green Party's health spokesperson". Independent (newspaper) . Retrieved . 11 Feb 2016
^ Prokop, Andrew (26 July 2016). "Bernie Sanders's brother gave a tearful tribute to Bernie and their parents at the DNC". VOX . Retrieved . 26 July 2016
^ "Tories select barrister for Cameron's Witney seat". BBC News. 22 September 2016.
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