Nigel Jones, Baron Jones of Cheltenham
The Lord Jones of Cheltenham
|Member of the House of Lords|
|Assumed office |
30 June 2005
|Member of Parliament |
9 April 1992 – 11 April 2005
|Preceded by||Charles Irving|
|Succeeded by||Martin Horwood|
Nigel David Jones
30 March 1948
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England
|Political party||Liberal Democrats|
Nigel Jones attended Prince Henry's Grammar School, Evesham. After leaving school, he worked as a computer operator for Westminster Bank from 1965 to 1967, and then as a computer programmer at International Computers Limited (ICL) from 1967 to 1970. From 1970 to 1971, he worked as a systems analyst at Vehicle and General Insurance, and as a systems programmer at Atkins Computing, before he rejoined ICL as a project manager in 1971. From 1989, Jones was a councillor on Gloucestershire County Council. He resigned from both ICL and Gloucestershire County Council in 1992, when he was elected to Parliament.
Jones was elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Cheltenham at the 1992 general election, winning the seat from the Conservative Party. He had previously contested the seat unsuccessfully at the 1979 general election.
Jones was a member of the public accounts committee from 2002-05. He was also the Liberal Democrat spokesperson for a number of topics, including local government (1992–93), sport science and technology (1993), consumer affairs (1995-97), sport and culture (1997–99), trade and industry (1997–99) and international development (1999). Jones retained the seat until standing down at the 2005 general election.
On 28 January 2000, a man called Robert Ashman entered Jones's constituency office and attacked him and his assistant, local councillor Andrew Pennington, with a katana. As a result of the attack, Pennington was killed and Jones was severely injured. Jones required 57 stitches to close wounds to his hand from the assault.
Jones had written a character reference for Ashman when Ashman was nearly jailed after breaking the ribs of a tax collector in 1992. After the attack at Jones's office, Ashman was charged with manslaughter and attempted murder, but the jury at his trial found him to be mentally unfit to stand trial. Subsequently, detained in Broadmoor for observation, the Home Office authorised a further trial in September 2002. Ashman was subsequently found guilty of attempted murder and admitted to Pennington's manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility in 2003.
On 13 May 2005, it was announced that Jones would be created a life peer, and he was subsequently elevated to the peerage on 20 June 2005 as Baron Jones of Cheltenham, of Cheltenham in the County of Gloucestershire. As well as many outside interests, he acts as a non-executive consultant for BFC Marcomms Ltd, a Wiltshire-based public relations consultancy.
Jones married Katherine Grinnell in 1981 at the British Embassy, Abu Dhabi. They have a son, Sam, and twin daughters, Amy and Lucy.
In popular culture
- GRO Register of Births: JUN 1948 7b 482 CHELTENHAM – Nigel D. Jones, mmn = Hughes
- "Nigel Jones". Ask Aristotle. Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 15 November 2012.
- "Ashman: Family Man turned Killer". BBC News. 21 February 2001. Retrieved 22 January 2012.
- "Politician died in 'sacrificial killing'". 19 February 2001 – via news.bbc.co.uk.
- Christopher Hope, Former MP attacked with sword fears for his safety after assailant tries to move in nearby, Telegraph (March 19, 2009).
- "Sword man sent to secure hospital". BBC News. 21 February 2001. Retrieved 22 January 2012.
- "MP's sword attacker guilty". BBC News. 3 April 2003. Retrieved 22 January 2012.
- "Medal for man who died saving MP". BBC News. 30 October 2001. Retrieved 22 January 2012.
- "Data" (PDF). www.thegazette.co.uk. Retrieved 15 July 2020.
- "No. 56374". The London Gazette (Supplement). 29 October 2001. p. 12751.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Nigel Jones
- Lord Jones of Cheltenham profile at the site of Liberal Democrats
- Cheltenham Liberal Democrats
- Guardian Politics Ask Aristotle – Nigel Jones
- TheyWorkForYou.com – Nigel Jones
- The Public Whip – Nigel Jones voting record
- BBC News – Nigel Jones profile 10 February 2005
- PR consultancy.