Jenny Jones, Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb joined the House of Lords in 2013, having been chosen for this appointment in a ballot of all Green Party members. She has also been a Green Party member of the London Assembly since 2000 and was elected as the first Green member of Southwark Council, from 2006 to 2010.
On the Assembly, she chairs the Economy Committee, Deputy Chair of the Policing and Crime Committee and is a member of the Environment Committee. Her work has a strong emphasis on civil liberties, sustainability and localism. She was the Green Party candidate for Mayor of London in 2012.
On Transport, Jenny has worked to secure safer roads, improved facilities for pedestrians and cyclists, reductions in road crimes and traffic, and excellent public transport for all users. On Planning and Housing, she has chaired the Assembly committee and produced several reports. She is a member of the Metropolitan Police Authority where she holds the Met and the Mayor to account, particularly on civil liberties. She has consistently called for greater police resources for the enforcement of road traffic laws, and for better support for victims of crime.
In the previous mayoral administration, Jenny held several posts: chair of London Food, the Mayor's road safety ambassador, and the Mayor's green transport adviser. Jenny is also the former Deputy Mayor of London.
In her former role as chair of London Food, Jenny played an important part in shaping the mayoral Food Strategy for London. Issued in 2006, the strategy set a framework for bringing healthy, sustainable, diverse and affordable food to all Londoners. Jenny has sought to improve the food that is on offer to Londoners and to reduce its environmental impact.
In all her roles, Jenny has raised awareness of the dangers of climate change and the urgent need to reduce greenhouse emissions. Jenny has been a member of the project board that has lead the delivery of the East London Green Grid of open spaces.
In 2004, Jenny was named as one of 200 'women of achievement'. Before her election, Jenny Jones was an archaeologist working mainly in the Middle East and a former chair of the Green Party Executive.
london.greenparty.org.uk/achievements08 More about Green achievements on the London Assembly.
commentisfree.guardian.co.uk/jenny_jones/ Jenny's articles on the Guardian's Comment is Free website
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