Coventry Greens announce their three candidates for 2017 general election

10 May 2017

The Coventry Green Party will run three candidates in Coventry for the upcoming general election. Stephen Gray in Coventry North West; Aimee Challenor in Coventry South; and Matthew Handley in Coventry North East.

In 2016, the Coventry Green Party came second in Holbrook ward (Coventry NW) in the local elections.

In this month's 2017 metro mayor election, the Green Party's James Burn beat UKIP's Pete Durnell in Coventry, as well as in Birmingham and Solihull.

Stephen Gray, the party's candidate for Coventry North West, said:

"The Green Party is campaigning for a bold, positive future for our country."

"For the last seven years, we've had the opposite of strong and stable government."

"Unemployment, the housing shortage and NHS overcrowding is down to the failure of the coalition government's, and now the Tory majority government's, policies, cuts and severe underinvestment."

"The Green Party is opposed to the idea of a 'Hard Brexit' and a far-right immigrant blaming agenda for another five years."

"Our focus is on winning votes across Coventry. Our national Green Guarantee will be launched on the 22nd of May. We will offer voters a chance to back a politics which puts people first to deliver a confident and caring country."

Contact our candidates

Stephen Gray, Coventry NW -

Aimee Challenor, Coventry South –

Matthew Handley, Coventry NE -


Stephen Gray (Coventry NW): "I have lived in Coventry since 1996 and currently work as a Customer Service Representative for HSBC . I studied Maths at the University of Warwick, and I have lived in the constituency since 2002. I am a member of Jubilee Church Coventry, which is most notable for running Coventry Motofest. I have been involved with a number of "social action" projects run by the church over the years, with my biggest involvement as part of a now-defunct debt counselling service."

Aimee Challenor (Coventry South): "I was born in Coventry and grew up in Charterhouse Road as a child, I studied photography at Henley College Coventry before getting involved in LGBTIQA+ issues and politics. I'm a trustee of Coventry Pride which holds Coventry's annual Pride festival, as well as Trans Day of Remembrance, LGBT+ History Month, and other events.  In March 2016, I was recognised by the High Sheriff of the West Midlands for cultural contributions to the area. I'm currently the Green Party's national spokesperson on LGBTIQ issues."

Matthew Handley (Coventry NE): "I also ran in Coventry NE in the 2015 general election. I live in the constituency, in Wood End, with both of my children having been born at Walsgrave. I work as a buyer for a builders merchant in Daventry. I am a trustee of a charity that runs youth projects with kids from the Tile Hill area. I also do fundraising work for a homeless drop-in located in the city centre.

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