20th Oct, 2019

Conservatives select Coventry council by-election candidate after ex-Lord Mayor Gary Crookes' death

CONSERVATIVES have selected Mattie Heaven as their candidate at a forthcoming Coventry City Council by-election in Wainbody ward.

It follows the death of ex-Lord Mayor, Gary Crookes, who represented the ward for 24 years.

The by-election date is yet to be announced.

The other two councillors for the ward are both Conservative – councillors Tim Sawdon and John Blundell.

Coventry Conservatives said: “Mattie has campaigned for the Conservatives for a number of years.

“Before entering politics, she was a strong advocate for human rights, here and abroad, and has campaigned on women’s rights.

“More recently, she’s been involved in the campaign to prevent the development of greenbelt land in the north of the city – an issue which is likely to dominate the by-election with development proposed at nearby King’s Hill.”

Ms Heaven said: “I’m delighted, and humbled, that Coventry Conservatives have selected me to contest this by-election.

“I know that Coun Gary Crookes leaves a big pair of shoes to fill but I will work hard for the people of Wainbody Ward.

“One of the reasons I’m standing as the Conservative candidate is because I support the party’s ambitious five-year plan for Coventry.

“A Conservative-led council will clean our city up, support our high streets and review greenbelt development. Until then, Wainbody ward needs a strong local campaigner who will stand up to this this failing Labour administration – just as Gary did.”

Chair of Wainbody ward Conservatives, Coun Tim Sawdon, said; “I still can’t quite believe my old pal Cllr Gary Crookes won’t be coming back to us.

“However, I’m delighted that we’ve selected a candidate who will work tirelessly to represent the people of Wainbody ward and build on Gary’s legacy. I look forward to supporting her on the campaign trail and discussing many important issues affecting the area.”

Conservative group leader Coun Gary Ridley, said; “I’m absolutely thrilled that Mattie Heaven has been selected by our members to contest the forthcoming by-election. She’s worked tirelessly for the community in recent years and I know she’ll make a first class councillor.

“We have two other excellent councillors in Wainbody Ward and we’ll be campaigning on our record of delivery with a promise of more to come.”

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