Jon Owen Jones
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|Jon Owen Jones|
|Member of Parliament |
for Cardiff Central
9 April 1992 – 5 May 2005
|Preceded by||Ian Grist|
|Succeeded by||Jenny Willott|
|Born||19 April 1954|
|Political party||Labour Co-operative|
|Spouse(s)||Allison Owen Jones|
|Children||Rhys Jones , Owen Jones, Bronwen Jones|
|Alma mater||University of East Anglia, Cardiff University|
Jon Owen Jones was born in Maerdy. He attended the Ysgol Gyfun Rhydfelen school on Glyndwr Avenue in Rhydyfelin (it moved to Main Road in Church Village in 2006), Pontypridd. He studied at the University of East Anglia, gaining a BSc in Ecology in 1975. In 1976 he went to University College of Wales, Cardiff, gaining a PGCE. Jones was a teacher before entering Parliament, teaching biology and science in comprehensive schools from 1977-1992. He was president of Caerphilly NUT in 1983, then Mid Glamorgan NUT in 1984. He was a councillor on Cardiff City Council from 1987-1992.
He was a whip from 1993–1998, then a junior minister at the Welsh Office until 1999. He won his seat again in 2001 with a majority of 659. He lost his seat at the 2005 general election to Jenny Willott of the Liberal Democrats.
He chaired the Forestry Commission's National Committee for Wales until April 2013, when its duties were subsumed by Natural Resources Wales, with Jones snubbed from the NRW board by Welsh Labour Environment Minister John Griffiths.