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Green Party suspends Aimee Challenor whose dad was her election agent while he was facing charges for serious sexual assault against a minor


A Green Party candidate, whose dad served as her election agent while facing charges for serious sexual assault against a minor, has been suspended from the party on a “no fault basis”.

Aimee Challenor, who was seen as a rising star in the party, pulled out of the race to become deputy leader, after her dad was jailed for abusing and raping a child.

The 20-year-old said she knew nothing of David Challenor’s crimes but was withdrawing to stop the election becoming “dominated by what my father has done”.

Today the party said Ms Challenor, the Greens’ equalities spokeswoman, would face an investigation and that she had been suspended on a “no fault basis”.

A spokesperson said: “Aimee Challenor has today been suspended on a no fault basis from the Green Party of England and Wales, following consideration by the relevant internal bodies of a number of complaints that have been made against her.

Ms Challenor says she didn’t know about the charges

“In line with our procedures, the suspension will remain in place until the next meeting of the Green Party Regional Council, when it will be reviewed. An investigation will be conducted by an external agency into the circumstances and disclosures surrounding Aimee’s father being able to act as her election agent, while facing charges for serious sexual assault against a minor.

When she pulled out of the deputy leadership contest Ms Challenor said she had no knowledge of her father’s crimes.

“That might be hard for you to understand, or to believe, but it is the truth,” she said. “I was taken into care a few years ago and have also lived in independent supported housing. There were sustained periods where I did not live in the family home.”

She added: “Yes, he was my election agent. This was one of a number of ways I was seeking to reconcile my relationship with my father after coming out of care. On reflection, I can understand that it was unacceptable for me to appoint my dad as my election agent when he had been arrested.”

Ms Challenor has been contacted for comment on her suspension.

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