First elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly in 2011, Stephen Agnew is the leader of the Green Party in NI. He retained is North Down seat in 2016 and again in 2017. He joined the Green Party in 2003 and has stood in European and Westminster elections. Mr Agnew grew up in the Ballybeen Estate in Dundonald and at secondary school was taught economics by DUP candidate Sammy Wilson and history by DUP MLA Michelle McIlveen. Before becoming an MLA he worked as a researcher for his predecessor Brian Wilson.