Jones’ up to date Wiki page

David Ian Jones (born 22 March 1952) is a British Conservative Party politician and the Member of Parliament (MP) for Clwyd West. He was appointed Secretary of State for Wales on 4 September 2012,[2] following David Cameron‘s first Cabinet reshuffle, and removed from office in another reshuffle on 14 July 2014.[3]

He is the first Welsh secretary to have served as an Assembly Member,[4] and the first Conservative Welsh Secretary to represent a Welsh constituency since Nicholas Edwards (1979–87).[5]

Early life[edit]

David Jones was born in London to Welsh parents, and is a Welsh speaker.[6] His father was a British Army officer who served in northwest India and later ran pharmacies around the Wrexham area.[7]

He was educated at Ruabon Grammar School, University College London – where he was an active member of UCL Conservative Society – and Chester College of Law. He qualified as a solicitor in 1976, and was senior partner of a practice (David Jones & Company) based at Llandudno.

As a young solicitor he had worked in Ruthin alongside future Plaid Cymru Deputy Welsh First Minister Ieuan Wyn Jones. He also worked in a Bangor practice led by former Labour MP for Conwy, Sir Elwyn Jones.

Political career[edit]

Welsh Assembly[edit]

In 2002, Jones unexpectedly became a member of the Welsh Assembly for the North Wales electoral region, filling the seat vacated by the ex-Welsh Office minister Rod Richards, who had resigned for health reasons.

Jones made it clear from the outset that he would not seek re-election to the Assembly and stepped down at the 2003 elections.

Parliament[edit]

At the 2005 general election, Jones was elected as MP for Clwyd West, defeating the sitting Labour Party MP Gareth Thomasby a majority of 133 votes.[8] This was his third candidacy for the Conservative Party in general elections; he had previously contested Conwy at the 1997 election and finished second to Labour’s Christine Russell in the City of Chester in at the 2001 general election.

His maiden speech to the House of Commons was on 23 May 2005,[9] when he focused on the needs of his rural constituency and on crime. He also expressed concern about wind farms planned for his constituency (the proposed Gwynt y Mor wind farm[10] would be one of the biggest wind farms in the United Kingdom).

He was a member of the Welsh Affairs Select Committee from 2005 to 2010, and on 7 November 2006 was appointed Shadow Minister for Wales. He also takes a keen interest in law and order issues and was a member of the Conservative Homeland Security team.

He was a member of the Cornerstone Group between 2005 and 2007, according to WalesOnline.[11]

On 6 May 2010, Jones was re-elected as Member of Parliament for Clwyd West with a substantially increased majority of 6,419. He was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Wales Office on 13 May 2010.

A fluent Welsh language speaker, Jones also maintains an active blog.[12] He has been known to give up his activity on social media for Lent.[2] His constituency office is based in Colwyn Bay.[13]

Controversies[edit]

In 2013 it was reported that Jones took a chauffeur-driven Jaguar on a journey of about 100 metres.[14]

During an interview on ITV Wales Face to Face programme, discussing the recent Parliamentary vote on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill on 5 February, Jones said, “I was one of two cabinet ministers who did vote against it and it was for various reasons. Certainly in constituency terms, I felt that overwhelmingly the constituents of Clwyd West were opposed to the change. But also I regard marriage as an institution that has developed over many centuries, essentially for the provision of a warm and safe environment for the upbringing of children, which is clearly something that two same-sex partners can’t do. Which is not to say that I’m in any sense opposed to stable and committed same-sex partnerships”.[15] The gay rights organisation Stonewall, which in 2010 had given Jones a score of 14% in favour of lesbian, gay and bisexual equality,[16] issued a statement expressing great sadness about his comments.[17]

It was reported that Jones refused to apologise https://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-913a-Tory-Welsh-Secretary-refuses-to-apologise-for-calling-disabled-bedroom-tax-victim-a-liar#.V0aO6ZErLIU to a disabled ex service man after calling him a liar and a labour actavist when the veteran question Jones on the bedroom tax, which Jones supported.

In 2014 it was reported that Jones helped author the troll blog ‘Thoughts of Oscar’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-politics-29141800 Jones was recorded saying he had nothing to do in anyway at all with the blog ‘Thoughts of Oscar’, yet his business partner Mr Dylan Moore admitted on record that Jones was a regular author/contributor to that blog.

In 2015 it was reported that Jones falsly accussed Mr Richie Windmill of effecting his chances of re-election and used this law http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1983/2 to have Mr Windmill arrested. Mr Windmill was later cleared of all accusations made against him by Jones.

On 07-10-2015 Jones used his Freemason links at North Wales Police to have MR & Mrs Windmill arrested http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/llandudno-couple-suing-north-wales-11361115 for violent harassment and their home searched, Mr & Mrs Windmill were completely exonerated and are now suing North Wales Police.

It was reported that Jones [18] the PM in early 2016 http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/politics/7003310/Ex-Tory-cabinet-member-exposed-as-PMs-Brexit-Twitter-troll.html

Secretary of State for Wales[edit]

On 4 September 2012, Jones was promoted to Secretary of State for Wales,[2] and he was in consequence appointed to the Privy Council on 10 September.

Jones stated his top priorities would be to promote economic growth and deliver major infrastructure projects including a new nuclear power station at the Wylfa site on Anglesey, upgrades to rail lines in North Wales and improvements to the M4 motorway and the A55, and exploiting the full economic potential of the Holyhead and Milford Haven Waterway ports.[19]

Ongoing issues with the Welsh Government include a Supreme Court challenge by Her Majesty’s Government to legislation passed in the Welsh Assembly about local government byelaws[20] and the Welsh government’s objection to a Wales Office consultation on changing the boundaries of assembly constituencies.

Jones has described the Welsh Government’s planning guideline Tan 8 as “an atrocity”.[21]

In June 2014 Jones was sacked http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/david-jones-sacked-secretary-state-7422092 from his ministerial post as Secretary Of State for Wales, it is believed his awful comments about same sex parents and the disabled led to his sacking.

Personal life[edit]

Jones is married to Sara, a former nurse. The couple have two sons.[2]

Jones is a supporter of Liverpool F.C.[2] Jones declared membership of the Freemasons, although he wrote in 2009 he had not been an active member for many years.[2]

References[edit]

  1. Jump up^ “…given that I’m an Anglican”. Twitter post. 27 December 2010. Retrieved 10 September 2012.
  2. ^ Jump up to:a b c d e f Livingstone, Tomos (4 September 2012). “David Jones: Profile of the new Welsh secretary”. BBC Wales. Retrieved 4 September 2012.
  3. Jump up^ “David Jones sacked as Secretary of State for Wales”. Daily Post (Liverpool). 14 July 2014. Retrieved 14 July 2014
  4. Jump up^ “David Jones named new Secretary of State for Wales”. Northwalespioneer.co.uk. 5 September 2012. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  5. Jump up^ “The only Jones in the Wales Office”. BBC News. 5 September 2012. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  6. Jump up^ “Welsh Secretary David Jones out after cabinet reshuffle”. BBC News. 14 July 2014. Retrieved 27 November 2015
  7. Jump up^ Williamson, David (8 September 2012). “Meet David Jones – the new Welsh Secretary”. WalesOnline. Retrieved 30 March 2013.
  8. Jump up^ “UK general election results May 2005”. Psr.keele.ac.uk. 5 May 2011. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  9. Jump up^ Department of the Official Report (Hansard), House of Commons, Westminster (23 May 2005). “Hansard, 23 May 2005, Column 510 – Column 512”. Publications.parliament.uk. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  10. Jump up^ “RWE npower renewables – Welcome to RWE npower renewables” (in German). Npower-renewables.com. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  11. Jump up^ Shipton, Martin (17 September 2012). “Welsh Secretary David Jones under fire over Cornerstone links – Politics News – Politics – News”. WalesOnline. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  12. Jump up^ “David Jones, MP (blog)”. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
  13. Jump up^ “Q&A with new Welsh Secretary David Jones MP”. Daily Post North Wales. 15 September 2012. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  14. Jump up^ “Welsh Secretary takes chauffeured Jaguar for 100 metre walk to Number 10”. The Daily Telegraph (London). 5 February 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  15. Jump up^ “Cabinet minister: Gay couples cannot provide safe environment for children”. BBC News. 15 February 2013.
  16. Jump up^ {http://www.stonewall.org.uk/> Stonewall 2010
  17. Jump up^ “Welsh Secretary David Jones: Gay parents cannot provide a ‘safe environment for the upbringing of children'”. Pink News (London). 15 February 2013.
  18. Jump up^ trolled
  19. Jump up^ “A55, railway and Wylfa are priorities for new Welsh Secretary David Jones”. Daily Post North Wales. 5 September 2012. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  20. Jump up^ Powys, Betsan (31 July 2012). “Attorney general in court challenge to first Welsh Bill”. BBC News. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  21. Jump up^ “New Welsh Secretary David Jones pledges to focus on economic growth”. WalesOnline. 13 September 2012. Retrieved 15 February 2013.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-politics-29141800 http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1983/2

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/llandudno-couple-suing-north-wales-11361115 http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/politics/7003310/Ex-Tory-cabinet-member-exposed-as-PMs-Brexit-Twitter-troll.html

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1 thought on “Jones’ up to date Wiki page”

  1. ‘Tis a shame that no information is given as to what people think of him. I hate him, and I know a lot of people who feel the same way.

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