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Coventry City Local Elections 2023

Coventry Green Party stood candidates in 16 of Coventry's wards in the city council elections held on Thursday 4 May 2023.
Here are our full results.

Both of our Green Councillors are pursuing our Coventry Green New Deal and the priorities outlined in our Coventry Green Party Manifesto.

Coventry city council wards

Click on your ward to find out more about the Green candidate for your area.

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Holbrook - Esther Reeves - won!

Esther Reeves

Esther Reeves stood as the Green Party candidate for the Holbrook ward in this 2023 local election, and won the seat from Labour with 1566 votes (45%).

Esther says: "I came here to Coventry for Uni and never left. I've helped set up and run many community projects including Freegle and Five Acre Community Farm. For me the Green Party is the obvious party, because it combines concern for the wider planet with strong social justice policies and both the environment and people are important to me.
"Alongside Councillor Stephen Gray, I enjoy engaging with people in Holbrooks hearing their concerns and where possible helping with them. I believe passionately we can do more as a community than as individuals, so we need to work together to make our city a better place."

Esther stood as the Green Party candidate for the Lower Stoke ward in the 2022 local election and received 400 votes.

Stephen Gray stood as the Green Party candidate for Holbrook in the 2022 election and won a seat with 2,105 votes 494 ahead of Labour, and has been serving for a year as our first Green Councillor in Coventry.

Bablake - Niall Webb

Niall Webb stood for the Green Party in the Bablake ward again this year and came 3rd with 283 votes.

Niall stood as the Green Party candidate for this ward in the 2022 local election receiving 290 votes, and in the 2021 election he received 273 votes.

Binley & Willenhall - no candidate

map of Binley and Willenhall

Our Green Party candidate for the Binley & Willenhall ward in the 2022 local election received 232 votes, and in the 2021 election received 213 votes.

The Green Party did not contest a candidate for the Binley & Willenhall ward in the May 2023 local election.

Cheylesmore - Bruce Tetlow

Bruce Tetlow

Bruce Tetlow stood for the Green Party in the Cheylesmore ward this year, and came 3rd with 263 votes.

Bruce says: "A Canadian by birth and upbringing, my family and I moved up to Coventry from London nearly 20 years ago and I’ve worked as a free-lance performing arts teacher and performance maker as well as working with the Belgrade Theatre access department, providing Audio Description for patrons living with a visual impairment. Despite not being interested in politics for most of my life, I joined the green party a few years ago when I realised that people and businesses couldn’t lead the way in the fight to save the environment, and that it is a government’s fundamental responsibility to do so. I like to keep fit by doing yoga or walking my two dogs but I am most passionate about creative expression in the community and keeping the hopes and dreams of the Coventry City of Culture 2021 alive for the next 10 years at least."

Our Green Party candidate for Cheylesmore in the 2022 local election received 222 votes.

Earlsdon - John Finlayson

John Finlayson

John Finlayson stood again for the Green Party in Earlsdon this year. He received 350 votes (7%).

John says: "I moved to Coventry in 2008 when I began my studies at the University of Warwick, and now work at Westwood Business Park. My wife and I are members of a local church and enjoy participating in the cultural life of Coventry. I joined the Green Party because I believed (1) that the climate emergency was the most important issue not being taken seriously by other parties; and (2) that other parties did not go far enough to support those in need across our nation and the world. I love my work, supporting charities with technology. I also enjoy playing badminton with friends at the leisure centre and taking the boys for bike rides at local parks."

John stood as the Green Party candidate for this ward in the 2022 local election and he received 250 votes, and in the 2021 election he received 364 votes.

Foleshill - no candidate

map of Foleshill

In 2021 our Green Party candidate for the Foleshill ward received 172 votes in the local election.

Coventry Green Party did not field a candidate for Foleshill in the May 2023 local election.

Henley - Cathy Wattebot

Cathy Wattebot

Cathy Wattebot stood again as the Green Party candidate in the Henley ward this year. She received 279 votes and came 3rd.

Cathy says: “I have lived and worked in Coventry for a number of years in computing and teaching. We need to protect our green spaces and promote energy efficient housing. Safer routes in the city will encourage cycling, walking and public transport to help reduce damage to our climate and improve air quality.”

She stood as the Green Party candidate for this ward in the 2022 election and received 296 votes, and our Green Party candidate for Henley in the 2021 local election received 219 votes.

Longford - Danny Foulstone

Danny Foulstone

Danny Foulstone stood as the Green Party candidate for the Longford ward in the 2023 local election. He received 228 votes and came 3rd.

Danny says: "I was born and raised in Coventry and enjoy following the Sky Blues. I have always taken an interest in the environment and social justice issues, and the Green Party’s polices align with my point of view. I want to see funding returned to our local youth services so that more young people can go on to make a positive contribution to society. I want Coventry to be a vibrant and green city that is a pleasant and safe place to live."

Danny stood for Binley & Willenhall in the 2021 election and gained 213 votes. In last year's local election the Green Party candidate for Longford received 295 votes, and in the 2021 local election our candidate received 188 votes.

Lower Stoke - Tom Jewell

Tom Jewell

Tom Jewell stood as the Green Party candidate for Lower Stoke in this 2023 local election, and came 3rd with 335 votes.

Tom says: "I've lived in Coventry for nearly 30 years now after coming here for university. I joined the Green Party as I don't feel the other parties pay enough attention to green issues. I'm a secondary school teacher and I'm interested in ways we can improve schools and education for future generations."

Our Green Party candidate for this ward in the 2022 local election received 400 votes, and in the 2021 local election they received 393 votes.

Radford - Julie Spriddle

Julie Spriddle

Julie Spriddle stood again as the Green Party candidate for the Radford ward. She came 3rd with 266 votes.

Julie says, "I have lived in Coventry since 1998 and joined the Green Party in 2014. As a parent, I am passionate about education, ensuring that children have access to green spaces, clean air to breathe and a safe environment to grow up in. I am also a keen litter picker and believe we should all do more to keep our streets and green spaces free of rubbish. If elected as a councillor, I would aim to be a voice of reason, representing the concerns of Coventry families with an eye on the future city our children will inherit.”

Julie stood for this ward in the 2022 local election receiving 261 votes, and in the 2021 election she received 299 votes.

St. Michael's - Chrissie Brown

Chrissie Brown

Chrissie Brown stood as the Green Party candidate in the St Michael’s ward this year and received 176 votes (6%).

She says, "Tired of Britain’s 2-party seesaw, I joined the Green Party, knowing that politics for future generations has to be radically different. I moved from Yorkshire in 2017 when the charity I work for moved its HQ to Coventry. I love the vibrancy and diversity of this city, its rich history and entrepreneurial spirit. My priorities will be to ensure you and your family can live and work safely and securely, close to good schools, reliable public transport, well-funded health and social services, in pleasant surroundings.”

Our Green Party candidate for the St Michael’s ward in the 2022 election received 181 votes.

Chrissie stood as the Green Party candidate for the Binley & Willenhall ward in 2022 receiving 232 votes, and in the Wyken ward in 2021 receiving 348 votes.

Sherbourne - David Priestley

David Priestley

David Priestley stood as the Green Party candidate for the Sherbourne ward this year. He received 253 votes and came 3rd.

David says: “I have been a resident of Coventry since 1997 and a Green Party member since 2014. I am a non-driver and if elected, I would work to improve public transport links, alongside cycle and pedestrian routes within the city. I will aim to improve Coventry’s green spaces for the benefit of both wildlife and people. I am also keen to promote Coventry's historic and cultural heritage.”

Our Green Party candidate for Sherbourne in the 2022 local election received 336 votes, and in the 2021 election received 361 votes. David stood in the St Michael's ward in 2022 receiving 181 votes.

Upper Stoke - Laura Vesty

Laura Vesty

Laura Vesty stood again as the Green Party candidate for the Upper Stoke ward. She received 356 votes (13%) and came 3rd.

Laura says: "I came to Coventry from North Manchester in 1997 to study at Coventry University and never went back. I’ve lived in the Stoke area of the city since 2000. I joined the Green Party around 15 years ago because I was frustrated with the lack of action from the other parties regarding the environment. I want politicians that take action and prioritise the welfare of people and the planet rather than big business. I play touch rugby regularly and enjoy playing in both a mixed and a women’s team. I have a partner and two children and we enjoy growing vegetables in the garden."

When Laura stood in Upper Stoke in the 2022 local election she received 357 votes, and in the 2021 election she received 289 votes.

Wainbody - Becky Finlayson

Becky Finlayson

Becky Finlayson stood again for the Green Party in the Wainbody ward, receiving 271 votes coming 3rd.

Becky says, “I am passionate about social justice and addressing the Climate Emergency. As a teacher, I have seen first hand the devastating effects of Conservative policies for the public sector. I am standing for better funding for education; making Coventry greener; and protecting the NHS.”

She stood as the Green Party candidate for the Wainbody ward in the 2022 local election receiving 198 votes, and in the 2021 local election received 310 votes.

Becky also stood as the Green Party parliamentary candidate for the Coventry South constituency in 2019 general election receiving 1,092 votes.

Westwood - Jess Marshall

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Jess Marshall stood again for the Green Party in the Westwood ward in 2023. She received 243 votes and came 3rd.

Jess stood as the Green Party candidate for this ward in the 2022 local election when she received 350 votes, and in the 2021 local election she got 454 votes.

Whoberley - Anne Patterson

Anne Patterson

Anne Patterson stood again as the Green Party candidate for the Whoberley ward, receiving 378 votes (11%) coming 3rd.

Anne says, "I have lived in the Whoberley area of Coventry since moving here over thirty years ago to study Occupational Therapy at Coventry University. I now work as a Team Manager for Memory Assessment and Community Dementia Services in Coventry so I am very well aware of the challenges facing the NHS and Social care. I joined the Green Party as it is the only party that truly represents my aspirations for a sustainable and just society for our planet and its people. I am actively involved in campaigning for local action to reduce carbon emissions and protect our precious green spaces. I believe having a stronger Green presence on Coventry City Council will help change things for the better in our city."

Anne stood for the Green Party in this ward in the 2022 local election receiving 303 votes, and in the 2021 election she received 500 votes.

Woodlands - Lesley Sim

Lesley Sim

Lesley Sim stood as the Green Party candidate in the Woodlands ward, obtaining 228 votes (6%).

Lesley said, “I understand how important nature and access to green spaces is to our wellbeing; providing space for reflection, to connect with the world, as well as a place to exercise and see our friends while maintaining social distance, and will fight to protect them from inappropriate development. I appreciate that Coventry residents need to be able to travel around the city and we will advocate for a sustainable local transport revolution. I want people to be able to have viable options to enable them to travel cheaply, safely and conveniently on trains, buses, cycles and on their own feet. I would work to encourage employers to recruit and train local residents in new green jobs.”

Lesley received 191 votes in the 2022 election from this ward, and in the 2021 local election she received 219 votes in the Henley ward.

Wyken - Russell Berry

Russell Berry

Russell Berry stood again as the Green Party candidate for the Wyken ward in this local election. He obtained 327 votes (11%) and came 3rd.

Russell says "I was born and raised in Coventry and currently work for Coventry City Libraries. I joined the Green Party because it is dedicated to protecting the environment, with a long-term consistent vision for sustainability and clean energy sources. As over-reliance on fossil fuels again brings global economic chaos and a major fuel crisis I believe that the Greens are the only party with a joined-up approach to the unique set of circumstances that we face in the 21st Century. I enjoy being outdoors and believe that access to nature is essential for our wellbeing, and vitally important that children have a meaningful connection to their local habitats and wildlife. I cycle through the city to work and back each day and understand why people are reluctant to walk or cycle due to road safety issues. On a local level I would like to see free public transport over short distances as a viable alternative to car travel, improving air quality and making our environment more pleasant to live in."

Russell stood in this ward for the 2022 election, receiving 363 votes. In the 2021 local election two Green Party candidates received a total of 803 votes from this ward.

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