- Jenny Jones (Green politician)
honorific-prefix = Cllr.
name = Jenny Jones
honorific-suffix = AM
office = 2nd
Deputy Mayor of London
term_start = June 2003
14 June 2004
constituency_AM2 = the Green Party (London-wide)
assembly2 = London
4 May 2000
nationality = British
party = Green Party
University College London
Jenny Jones AM is an English politician and prominent member of the
Green Party of England and Wales. She represents the Green Party in the Greater London Assembly(GLA) and was Deputy Mayor of Londonfrom May 2003 to June 2004. She is also the sole Green councillor on Southwark Council [http://www.greenparty.org.uk/individual/86 Cllr. Jenny Jones AM's Green Party Website Biography] ] .
Early life and career
Before entering politics, Jones worked as financial controller in
London. She attended University College Londonas a mature student, studying archaeology. She spent about ten years as an archaeologist in the Middle East, apparently "specialising in analysing ancient bird droppings", before embarking on a career in politics [http://www.guardian.co.uk/guardianpolitics/story/0,3605,898597,00.html "The Guardian", February 19th 2003 - "Greens select Livingstone's deputy"] ] .
Jones joined the Green Party in 1988. She has held several posts within the party, including the position of Chair on the Green Party Executive from 1995 to 1997.
In 2000, Jones was elected to the inaugural
Greater London Assemblyas part of a three-strong Green Group, including Cllr. Darren JohnsonAM and Victor Anderson (who resigned in March 2003 and was replaced by Noel Lynchfor the remainder of the term). The 2004 GLA elections would see the Greens lose the seat held by Lynch, leaving Jones and Johnson as the two remaining members of the Green Group. Jones is now the Green Group's Convenor.
In May 2003, the Green Party accepted an offer from the
Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, to nominate a Deputy Mayor and chose Jones, who held the post until June 2004. The LondonGreen Party had originally been split on the decision before eventually agreeing to nominate Jones. The offer was part of Livingstone's pledge to rotate the position of Deputy Mayor, although he later declined to offer the post to the Conservatives and had an offer to the Liberal Democratsturned down.
As a GLA member, Jones is the Mayor's Road Safety Ambassador and Green Transport Advisor, focusing on
road safetyand campaigning to reduce the number of deaths and injuries on London's roads. She is also Chair of London Food, a mayoral commission which "aims to give Londoners fresher, healthier and more affordable food while reducing the environmental impact of our current food supply". As Chair, Jones was responsible for drawing up the Sustainable Food Strategy for London and now also chairs the Food Implementation Group overseeing the strategy. She is or has been a member of the Budget Committee, the Business Management and Appointments Committee and the Metropolitan Police Authority.
In the 2006 local elections, Jones was elected as a councillor for the South
Camberwellward in the London Borough of Southwark, the Greens' first councillor in Southwark. She came third in the ward, polling 1014 votes [http://www.southwark.gov.uk/Uploads/File_27062.pdf Southwark Council | Your Council | Your Vote | Results of Borough Council Elections May 4 2006 | Local Election Results 2006] ] . In the 2005 General Election, she stood in the Dulwich and West Norwood parliamentary constituency, coming fourth with 2,741 votes (6.5%) [http://www.southwark.gov.uk/YourCouncil/YourVote/GeneralElection/resultsdawn.html Southwark Council | Your Council | Your Vote | General Election May 5 2005 | Dulwich and West Norwood - Election Result] ] .
* [http://www.london.gov.uk/assembly/members/jonesj.jsp Biography from the London Assembly]
* [http://www.greensouthwark.org/ Southwark Green Party]
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