Greek Cypriot Stephanos Ioannou has been formally selected to stand as a Conservative candidate in Southgate ward, for the coming local elections in May 2018.
Stephanos was born in 1996 to parents Costa and Elena from Potamos to Kampou-Morphou and Filia-Morphou, and has a twin sister Maria. He completed his A-Levels at
Highlands School and Greek at Finchley Greek School, and is currently an undergraduate student in London studying Economics.
In 2014 he began his political involvement with the youth wing of the Conservative Party, and managed to coordinate across London youth to get out and campaign for their local MP’s in the 2015 General Election.
In 2016 Stephanos was appointed Chief of the London camping for Conservatives IN, a pro-European campaign set up by then Prime Minister David Cameron to urge voters to vote remain in the then referendum on EU membership.
Shortly after the referendum he established the Conservative friends of Greece group, a group within the Conservative party that promotes bilateral ties between the United Kingdom and Hellenic Republic, and to date has 13 supporting MP’s inside the House of Commons.
Stephanos is currently campaigning against the closure of Southgate Police Station, that has a vital immediate response unit at the back of the building which responds to robberies burglaries and other immediate crimes. In addition, he is a passionate advocate of a ‘compassionate government’ that includes pushing more action on refugees, fighting poverty, and prompting a more inclusive society.
Other parts of his manifesto include improving the local education system in Enfield and making sure not only every parent gets their preferred school, but that every child goes to a quality school. Regarding the environment, he is a keen advocate for protecting local greenbelt land, and ensuring that our local parks are kept intact, alongside promoting people to get involved with local sports teams.
He speaks frequently on TV regarding matters relating to Greece and Cyprus and the Conservative Party in general, and has appeared on the BBC, Channel 4, ERT, STAR, and even DW News among others. He is also a columnist for the newspaper United Politics.
Stephanos also enjoys spending time with his family, travelling, exploring new cultures, and is a keen Panathinaikos supporter.