Jonathan Evans (politician)

Jonathan Evans (politician)

Infobox Politician
name=Jonathan Evans
honorific-suffix = MEP

birth_date =birth date and age|1950|6|2
birth_place = Tredegar, Wales, United Kingdom
office = Member of European Parliament for Wales
term_start =10 June 1999
term_end =
predecessor = (new constituency)
successor =
constituency_MP2 = Brecon and Radnorshire
parliament2 =
majority2 =
predecessor2 = Richard Livsey
successor2 = Richard Livsey
term_start2 = 9 April 1992
term_end2 = 1 May 1997
party = Conservative
website = []
profession = Solicitor
spouse = Margaret
children = 3

Jonathan Peter Evans FRSA (born 2 June 1950) is a British politician. He is a Conservative Member of the European Parliament for Wales and was a Member of Parliament for Brecon and Radnorshire between 1992 and 1997. At the next general election he will contest the marginal seat of Cardiff North.


Born in Tredegar, Evans was educated at Lewis School Pengam, Howardian High School, Cardiff and the Law Society's College of Law in Guildford and London. He trained with solicitors Leo Abse and Cohen in Cardiff from 1968 and joined the firm upon qualification in 1973 rising to Managing Partner in 1987. In 1997, he was appointed Director of Insurance in the City of London office of Eversheds, the major global law firm and remains a consultant to the practice. He has also acted as a consultant on London Insurance market issues to several major North American insurance corporations.

He is a former Deputy Chairman of the Welsh Housing Corporation (Tai Cymru). In 1995 he was appointed as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Political career

He contested the 1987 general election in the marginal Brecon and Radnorshire constituency, but lost by 56 votes to the sitting Liberal MP Richard Livsey. [ [] UK general elections, June 1987]

At the 1992 general election, he defeated Livsey (who was now a Liberal Democrat) by 130 votes [ [] UK general elections, April 1992] and took his seat in the House of Commons. He was a junior minister in the John Major government, serving as Parliamentary Secretary to the Lord Chancellor; Corporate Affairs Minister at the Department of Trade and Industry; and then serving under William Hague as Under Secretary of State for Wales from 1996 to 1997. However, at the 1997 general election Livsey retook the seat with a majority of over 5,000. [ [] Election results 1997-2001] .

At the European Parliament election, 1999, Evans was elected as MEP for Wales in 1999, and he was re-elected at the 2004 Euro-elections. He was Leader of the Conservatives in the European Parliament from 2001 until 2004. In August 2007, he was selected to fight the highly marginal seat of Cardiff North at the next general election.

Personal life

Evans is married to a wife, Margaret, and has three children (Angharad, Rhianydd and Nicholas).


External links

* [ Profile at European Parliament website]
* [ Jonathan Evans official website]

Offices held

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