Trevor Jones (politician)

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Sir Owen Trevor Jones[1] (17 December 1926 – 8 September 2016) was a British Liberal Democrat politician and member of the Liverpool City Council.

Family[edit]

Jones was the son of Owen and Ada Jones of Dyserth, Denbighshire. His wife, Lady Doreen Jones,[2] is a former Lord Mayor of Liverpool. He has a son, Glyn, and daughter, Louise, and three grandchildren, Thomas, George and Ayesha. His daughter-in-law Mia Jones was a Liberal Democrat Councillor for Chester City Council and a candidate for Chester in the 2005 General Election.[3]

Politics[edit]

Local politics[edit]

Jones was brought into politics in 1966 when a proposed ring road threatened the demolition of his chandlery business' warehouse. [4] He was elected to Liverpool City Council in 1968 and Liverpool Metropolitan District Council in 1973. He led the Liberal Party to control of Liverpool City Council in 1973. He served as Leader of the Council from 1981–83 and remained a member of the council until 1991. In 2003 he returned to public service when he was elected again to Liverpool City Council, serving until 2010.[2]

National politics[edit]

Following his initial successes for the party in Liverpool, Jones took an interest in national politics. In 1972 he was elected President of the Liberal Party, serving a one-year term. During that year, he took a high profile in the parliamentary by-elections the party fought, overseeing four victories: Sutton and Cheam, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Ripon and Isle of Ely. At the February 1974 General Election he stood as Liberal candidate in Liverpool Toxteth and at the General Election later that year in October, he contested Gillingham.[2] He was also heavily involved in the by-election win at Liverpool Edge Hill by David Alton in 1979 with a 36% swing.

He was knighted in 1981.[2] Jones' favoured nickname was "Jones the Vote" in reference to his Welsh heritage.

He died on 8 September 2016 after suffering from cancer.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Shennan, Paddy (28 November 2008). "Retire? I think I'll stick around for a bit". liverpoolecho.co.uk. Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d ‘JONES, Sir (Owen) Trevor’, Who's Who 2016, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2016; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2015 ; online edn, Nov 2015 accessed 9 Sept 2016
  3. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  4. ^ a b Weston, Alan (9 September 2016). "Tributes to former Liverpool council leader Sir Trevor Jones". liverpoolecho.co.uk. Retrieved 10 September 2016.

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Stephen Terrell
President of the Liberal Party
1972–1973
Succeeded by
Rhys Lloyd
Political offices
Preceded by
John Hamilton
Leader of Liverpool City Council
1979–1983
Succeeded by
John Hamilton