Marcus Jones (politician)
|Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party for Local Government|
Assumed office |
8 January 2018
|Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government|
8 May 2015 – 8 January 2018
David Cameron |
|Preceded by||Stephen Williams|
|Member of Parliament |
Assumed office |
6 May 2010
|Preceded by||Bill Olner|
5 April 1974|
Nuneaton, Warwickshire, England
Marcus Charles Jones (born 5 April 1974) is a Conservative Party politician in the UK who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Nuneaton since 2010, having won the seat again in 2015 and 2017. Previously he had been Leader of Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council.
Education and early career
Marcus Jones was born in Nuneaton on 5 April 1974 and has lived in the town all his life. He grew up in the suburb of Whitestone and was educated at St Thomas More Catholic School and King Edward VI College. Before becoming and MP, he worked as a conveyancing manager at Tustain Jones & Co., solicitors in Coventry and Nuneaton.
Jones stood unsuccessfully as the Conservative candidate in the Wem Brook ward of Nuneaton and Bedworth Council in 2002 and 2004, before being elected in the Whitestone ward 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. Jones stood down before the local elections in May 2010 and the Conservatives retained his seat, although they lost control of the Council.
House of Commons
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. His victory overturned a notional Labour majority of 3,850 and, as a result, he became the first Conservative MP for the town since 1992.
As an MP, Jones has campaigned for a PFI rebate, and is a member of the PFI Rebate campaign of more than 80 MPs, from all three major parties, who have been calling for savings on PFI. Marcus claims that the PFI funding under which the University Hospital in Coventry was built and is now serviced has caused a substantial cost drag, and has put huge financial pressure on health services in Warwickshire.
Jones is Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Town Centres and is also an Ambassador the Federation of Small Businesses' Keep Trade Local campaign
In the general election in 2015 Nuneaton was Labour's target number 38, but Jones won the seat for a second time.
As of May 2015, Marcus Jones became Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government, under the first Conservative Government for 18 years.
In January 2016, in response to a proposed law that all rented houses should be fit for human habitation, he said: “New clause 52 would result in unnecessary regulation and cost to landlords which would deter further investment and push up rents for tenants. “Of course we believe that all homes should be of a decent standard and all tenants should have a safe place to live regardless of tenure, but local authorities already have strong and effective powers to deal with poor quality and safe accommodation and we expect them to use them.” He voted against the proposed law, but was not one of the 72 Conservative MPs who did so whilst also being landlords themselves.
In May 2016, it emerged that Jones was one of a number of Conservative MPs being investigated by police in the United Kingdom general election, 2015 party spending investigation, for allegedly spending more than the legal limit on constituency election campaign expenses. However, in May 2017, the Crown Prosecution Service said that while there was evidence of inaccurate spending returns, it did not "meet the test" for further action.
He was re-elected in the General Election 2017 and during the Government re-shuffle of January 2018, Jones left Government after being appointed Vice Chair of the Conservative Party, with responsibility for Local Government.
Marcus lives with his wife Suzanne and has two children, Oliver and Martha.
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- Marcus Jones' Website
- Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom
- Contributions in Parliament at Hansard 2010–present
- Voting record at Public Whip
- Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
| Member of Parliament for Nuneaton