Jonathan Evans (politician)
|Member of Parliament
for Cardiff North
6 May 2010
|Preceded by||Julie Morgan|
|Member of European Parliament
10 June 1999 – 4 June 2009
|Preceded by||Position established|
|Succeeded by||Kay Swinburne|
|Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales|
2 June 1996 – 1 May 1997
|Preceded by||Rod Richards|
|Under-Secretary of State for Trade and Industry|
25 October 1994 – 29 November 1995
|Preceded by||Neil Hamilton|
|Succeeded by||John Mark Taylor|
|Member of Parliament
for Brecon and Radnorshire
9 April 1992 – 1 May 1997
|Preceded by||Richard Livsey|
|Succeeded by||Richard Livsey|
2 June 1950 |
After training as a solicitor, he was the Conservative Member of Parliament for Brecon and Radnorshire between 1992 and 1997, and then Member of the European Parliament for Wales between 1999 and 2009.
Evans is to step down at the next general election in 2015.
Born in Tredegar, Evans was educated at Lewis School, Pengam, Howardian High School, Cardiff and the Law Society's College of Law in Guildford and London. He trained with solicitors Leo Abse and Cohen in Cardiff from 1968 and joined the firm upon qualification in 1973 rising to Managing Partner in 1987. In 1997, he was appointed Director of Insurance in the City of London office of Eversheds, the major global law firm and remained a consultant to the practice until 2009.He has also acted as a consultant on London Insurance market issues to several major North American insurance corporations.
He is a former Deputy Chairman of the Welsh Housing Corporation (Tai Cymru). In 1995 he was appointed as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Evans attempted to enter Parliament many times before getting elected. In February and October 1974 he stood for the ultra-safe Labour seat of Ebbw Vale, coming third to Michael Foot on each occasion. In 1979 he fought Wolverhampton North East, but was beaten by Renee Short. He contested the 1987 general election in the marginal Brecon and Radnorshire constituency, but lost by 56 votes to the sitting Liberal MP Richard Livsey.
At the 1992 general election, he defeated Livsey (who was now a Liberal Democrat) by 130 votes and took his seat in the House of Commons. He was a junior minister in the John Major government, serving as Parliamentary Secretary to the Lord Chancellor; Corporate Affairs Minister at the Department of Trade and Industry; and then serving under William Hague as Under Secretary of State for Wales from 1996 to 1997. However, at the 1997 general election Livsey retook the seat with a majority of over 5,000.
At the European Parliament election, 1999, Evans was elected as MEP for Wales in 1999, and he was re-elected at the 2004 Euro-elections. He was Leader of the Conservatives in the European Parliament from 2001 until 2004. In August 2007, he was selected to fight the highly marginal seat of Cardiff North in the 2010 general election. He won and is currently MP for the constituency, turning a majority of 1,146 votes for Labour into a 194 vote majority for himself.
Evans is married to Margaret, and has three children (Angharad, Rhianydd and Nicholas).
A Roman Catholic, he is a leading pro-life campaigner for the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children and launched their Welsh office in Cardiff in the 1990s
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- Jonathan Evans MP Conservative Party profile
- Jonathan Evans MP Welsh Conservative Party profile
- Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom
- Contributions in Parliament at Hansard 1803–2005
- Current session contributions in Parliament at Hansard
- Electoral history and profile at The Guardian
- Voting record at Public Whip
- Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou
- Profile at Westminster Parliamentary Record
- Profile at BBC News Democracy Live
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Brecon and Radnorshire
|Member of Parliament for Cardiff North
|Member of European Parliament for Wales