Jonathan Evans was born in Tredegar, Monmouthshire in 1950. He was educated at Lewis School Pengam, Howardian High School, Cardiff and the Law Society's Colleges of Law in Guildford and London.
Variously described as “a compassionate conservative and an outspoken proponent of electoral reform” and a former minister, Jonathan Evans has a long career in elected and voluntary elements of Conservative politics.
Jonathan returned to Westminster at the 2010 General election, winning Cardiff North with a majority of 194 from Labour’s Julie Morgan. Following his election, he became the Chairman of the influential All Party Parliamentary Group on Insurance and Financial Services. He is also the co-Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Building Societies and Financial Mutuals and, as such, has recently led a short inquiry into corporate diversity in financial services.
Jonathan was first elected to Parliament in 1992 when he succeeded in winning Brecon and Radnor from Liberal, Richard Livsey. His first Government appointment was as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the then Minister of State for Northern Ireland, Michael Mates (1992-1994). He was subsequently Corporate Affairs Minister at the DTI (1994-1995); Parliamentary Secretary to the Lord Chancellor (1995-1996) – a role in which he was the first Roman Catholic to exercise Lord Chancellor’s duties since the 1688 Act of Settlement; and Under Secretary of State for Wales (1996-1997).
Jonathan’s Parliamentary career was interrupted in 1997 when he was one of the Conservative MPs who lost their seat at the General Election. He served the party from outside Parliament as its Chief Spokesman for Wales at the end of the 1990s.
In 1999, Jonathan was elected as the Conservative MEP for Wales, a seat he would hold for 10 years before standing down in 2009. During his time in Brussels, he was the leader of the Conservative delegation between 2001 and 2004 and negotiated the Party’s relationship within the powerful EPP group. Stepping down from this position, he became the President of the European Parliament’s Delegation for Relations with the US Congress and was a member of the Advisory Board to the Transatlantic Economic Council. He was also the Conservative Spokesman on Economic and Monetary Affairs.
Jonathan is the Chairman of the Association of Conservative Clubs. A solicitor by background, he has also served as the Deputy Chairman of Tai Cymru (the Welsh Housing Corporation) and the Welsh Sports Centre for the Disabled.
Jonathan has been married to Margaret for over 35 years and they have two daughters and a son. An avid sports fan, he holds season tickets for both Cardiff City and Cardiff Blues.