Steven Agnew MLA, Leader of the Green Party NI

I was elected as MLA for North Down in May 2011. I currently serve on the Enterprise, Trade and Investment Committee where it is my responsibility to hold the Minister of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to account.

I am currently Chair of the Assembly All Party Group on Co-operatives and Mutuals and Chair of the All Party Group on Renewable Energy. I also sit on the All Party Groups on Children & Young People, Ethnic Minority Communities and International Development.

I joined the Green Party in 2003 after meeting then Green Party Leader John Barry at a protest march against the invasion of Iraq. I was passionate about social justice but I did not see politicians in Northern Ireland representing my views. I was not interested in the battle between unionism and nationalism which only served to divide our society. I soon realised that the Green Party offered a real alternative to the politics of the past. The Party recognises that the needs of people and the environment are inextricably linked and that the economy should serve the people not the other way around.

In 2009 I stood for the Green Party in the European elections when we secured our biggest ever vote in Northern Ireland. In 2010 I was the first Green Party member to contest the Westminster election in North Down and it was one of my proudest moments when I became Leader of the Party the following year.

I have long been a member of Amnesty International and Friends of the Earth. I am also passionate about animal welfare issues and I have been a vegetarian for over 10 years.

I am a proud father and want to make a better Northern Ireland for my children’s generation and those that follow.