Martyn Jones

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Martyn Jones
Member of Parliament
for Clwyd South
Clwyd South West (1987-1997)
In office
11 June 1987 – 6 May 2010
Preceded by Robert Harvey
Succeeded by Susan Elan Jones
Personal details
Born (1947-03-01) 1 March 1947 (age 67)
Wrexham, Denbighshire, Wales
Nationality British
Political party Labour

Martyn David Jones (born 1 March 1947) is a British Labour Party politician who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Clwyd South from 1987 until his retirement at the 2010 general election.

Early life[edit]

Born in Wrexham, he attended Grove Park Grammar School (became the Groves High School then closed in 2003 although a part became Rhosnesni High School) on Penymaes Avenue in Wrexham. He went to Liverpool College of Commerce, then completed a BSc in Microbiology at Liverpool Polytechnic, then an MSc at Trent Polytechnic.

He is a microbiologist, and worked at the Wrexham Lager Beer Company from 1969 until June 1987 before his election to the House of Commons.

Parliamentary career[edit]

At the 1987 general election, he was elected as member of Parliament for Clwyd South West, narrowly beating the Conservative incumbent Robert Harvey. He was re-elected at the 1992 general election with an increased majority. His constituency was abolished for the 1997 election, but he was returned to Parliament for the new Clwyd South constituency.

Jones was an opposition whip from 1988 to 1992, and under John Smith's leadership of the Labour Party, he was an opposition spokesperson for Food, Agricultural and Rural Affairs from 1994 to 1995.

He has been a member of the Welsh Affairs Select Committee since 1997, serving as the committee's chair until 2005. He was previously a member of the Agriculture Select Committee.

On 7 May 2009, Jones announced that he would retire at the next general election.[1]

Richard Brunstrom[edit]

Jones has been vocal in his criticism of controversial North Wales Police Chief Constable Richard Brunstrom's decision to use images of a dead motorcyclist as part of the force's contentiously zealous campaign for road safety.[2]

High Court case[edit]

In 2006 the Mail on Sunday newspaper reported that Jones had repeatedly swore at a House of Commons Security Officer.[3]

Jones denied the Mail's allegations. He took the paper to the High Court to sue them for inaccuracies in the story. He called the article a "grotesque distortion" and was eventually awarded £5,000 in compensation. The paper also had to pay £300,000 in legal costs.[4]

Dormant Bank Accounts[edit]

Martyn Jones MP has been a vocal campaigner on the issue of dormant bank accounts in the UK. The MP has campaigned since 2001 for the issue to be brought to the forefront of British political life. His work on the subject was praised by senior ministers, such as the Labour Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling.[5]

Personal life[edit]

In 1974 he married Rhona Bellis in Wrexham. They have a son and daughter and divorced in 1991.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MP to revive lager on retirement". BBC News. 2009-05-07. Retrieved 2009-05-10. 
  2. ^ "Father wants chief to 'be sacked'". BBCNews.co.uk. 28 April 2007. Retrieved 21 October 2009. 
  3. ^ "Guard tells jury MP swore at him". BBCNews.co.uk. 12 June 2007. Retrieved 21 October 2009. 
  4. ^ "MP libel victory over 'swearing'". BBCNews.co.uk. 14 June 2007. Retrieved 21 October 2009. 
  5. ^ "Martyn Jones launches another push on dormant accounts". MartynJonesMP.co.uk. 15 November 2007. Retrieved 21 October 2009. 

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Offices Held[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Robert Harvey
Member of Parliament for Clwyd South West
19871997
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Clwyd South
19972010
Succeeded by
Susan Elan Jones