Conservatives choose Amy Grey and Luke Parker as candidates for Hackney North and South respectively.
Hackney Conservatives Press Release:
First up, Amy Gray for Hackney North will be our candidate in Hackney North and Stoke Newington again! Amy was proud to be the Conservative candidate for Hackney North and Stoke Newington in the 2015 general election, securing more votes than any Conservative candidate had since 1992. She was also the Conservative candidate to be the Mayor of Hackney in 2016.
She is the daughter of a nurse and a soldier and inspired by the ethos of public service. She was the first woman in her family to go to university, studying English at Oxford.
She first moved to Hackney over a decade ago when she was an English teacher at the old Skinners’ Company’s School for Girls in Stamford Hill. While teaching there she was horrified at the low expectations of her students who had only been educated under a Labour government and was inspired to join the Conservative Party. She remains involved in education as a governor of an excellent church primary school in Hoxton.
She is currently Director of Communications at the influential think tank Policy Exchange. In a varied career, she used to work for Tesco (the UK’s largest private sector employer which started life as a Hackney market stall) where she saw the highs and lows of business – and frequently worked on the checkout at the supermarket’s stores in Morning Lane and Stoke Newington. She also led the national tourist board’s work to convince the Government of the importance of tourism and the vital contribution it makes to jobs and the economy.
With her husband, she is very involved in the life of her church in Lower Clapton and is an active member of the Conservative Christian Fellowship. Like many Hackney residents, she keeps fit by cycling to work every day from her home near Hackney Downs