Marcus Jones (British politician)

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Marcus Jones MP
Member of Parliament
for Nuneaton
Incumbent
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Bill Olner
Majority 2,069 (4.6%)
Personal details
Born (1974-04-05) 5 April 1974 (age 40)
Nuneaton, Warwickshire, England
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Website www.marcusjones.org.uk

Marcus Charles Jones (born 5 April 1974)[1] is a British Conservative Party politician, who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Nuneaton since 2010. Previously, he had been Leader of Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council.

Education and early career[edit]

Marcus Jones grew up in Whitestone, Nuneaton and was educated at St. Thomas More Catholic School and King Edward VI College. He worked as a Conveyancing Manager at Tustain Jones & Co. Solicitors in Nuneaton.[2]

He has lived in Nuneaton all his life. He grew up in Whitestone and went to both Whitestone and Chetwynd Schools before going on to St. Thomas More School and King Edwards VI College, all in Nuneaton. Marcus worked for a local firm of solicitors as a Conveyancing Manager for a number of years prior to his election to Parliament in May 2010.

He has a number of hobbies including football and has played for a number of local Sunday league teams in the Nuneaton and district league. He is a supporter of Coventry City and enjoys angling.

Marcus' win in Nuneaton overturned a notional Labour majority of 3,850 and, as a result, he became the first Conservative MP for the town since 1992. Marcus said he was "delighted and extremely proud" after his victory which gave him a majority of 2,069.

Local government[edit]

Marcus Jones was elected Conservative Councillor for Whitestone on the Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council in 2005. He was Conservative group leader from 2006–2009. In 2008 Marcus became the first Conservative Leader of Nuneaton and Bedworth, in the Council's 34 year history. He served as council leader and was also the Council's portfolio holder for Finance and Civic Affairs from 2006–2009, before standing down to concentrate on his parliamentary campaign.[2]

House of Commons[edit]

Marcus Jones was first elected to the House of Commons in 2010, as the Member of Parliament for Nuneaton with a majority of 2,069 votes.[3]

Since being elected Jones has helped many constituents with issues concerning the NHS, the Child Support Agency, tax credits, HMRC, housing and other local problems. He has spoken in numerous debates, asked questions of Cabinet Ministers, including the Prime Minister and Chancellor, and has a notably good voting attendance in Parliament.[4]

As an MP, Jones has campaigned for a PFI rebate, and is part of the PFI Rebate campaign of more than 80 MPs, from all three major parties, who have been calling for savings on PFI.[5] For some time Jones expressed grave concerns about the method of PFI funding under which the University Hospital in Coventry was built and is now serviced. Marcus believes it has caused a substantial cost drag, and has put huge pressure on the Warwickshire health economy and smaller Warwickshire hospitals such as the George Eliot in his Nuneaton constituency.

Jones has worked with the Angling Trust, local authorities, the Environment Agency and local residents to help clean up Nuneaton's local river the Anker.[6] He has supported local schools, including The Nuneaton Academy, and spoke out against NHS Warwickshire's unpopular 'Fast, Slow, Stop' policy which saw hundreds of constituents have their medical procedures postponed or cancelled.

Marcus has also been a keen advocate of local businesses and town centre regeneration including the protection of the local outdoor market. He is an Ambassador the Federation of Small Businesses] 'Keep Trade Local' campaign[7] and has been elected as Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Town Centres by Parliamentarians in both Houses of Parliament.[8]

The seat is now Labour target number 38.[9]

Elections[edit]

General Election 2010: Nuneaton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Marcus Jones 18,536 41.5 +4.6
Labour Jayne Innes 16,467 36.9 -9.8
Liberal Democrat Christina Jebb 6,846 15.3 +2.8
BNP Martyn Findley 2,797 6.3 +6.3
Majority 2,069 4.6
Turnout 44,646 65.8 +6.9
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +7.2

Personal life[edit]

Marcus lives with his wife Suzanne and has two young children, Oliver and Martha.[2][10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Marcus Jones MP". BBC Democracy Live (BBC News). Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c Marcus Jones Profile on Conservative Party Website
  3. ^ "UK> England> West Midlands> Nuneaton". Election 2010 (BBC). 7 May 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "Marcus Jones MP, Nuneaton". TheyWorkForYou. Retrieved 2012-07-04. 
  5. ^ "MP Welcomes PFI Savings of £1.5bn | Marcus Jones MP". Marcusjones.org.uk. 2011-07-20. Retrieved 2012-07-04. 
  6. ^ "9 June 2011 - The Big Society | Marcus Jones MP". Marcusjones.org.uk. 2011-06-09. Retrieved 2012-07-04. 
  7. ^ "Local MP Signs Up to Support Small Businesses in Nuneaton | Marcus Jones MP". Marcusjones.org.uk. 2010-07-20. Retrieved 2012-07-04. 
  8. ^ "Nuneaton MP to Chair Town Centre Parliamentary Group | Marcus Jones MP". Marcusjones.org.uk. 2011-01-26. Retrieved 2012-07-04. 
  9. ^ "UKPollingReport Election Guide » Labour Target Seats". Ukpollingreport.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-07-04. 
  10. ^ "Nuneaton MP welcomes new arrival - Coventry News - News". Coventry Telegraph. Retrieved 2012-07-04. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Bill Olner
Member of Parliament for Nuneaton
2010–present
Incumbent