Maggie Jones is Shadow Education Minister in the House of Lords. She was made a life Peer in 2006.
Maggie’s background is in the trade union movement. From 1977-1978, she worked for the Inland Revenue Staff Federation; before spending a year at the National Union of Bank Employees (1979). Up until 2006, she was active in the National Union of Public Employees (what eventually became Unison), as a regional official, national officer (1989) and Director of Policy and Public Affairs (1995). From 2000 to 2001 she was Chair of the Labour Party. Until recently Maggie was a longstanding members of the Shadow DCMS team in the Lords, leading for us on the arts.
Maggie has a proud record of fighting low pay and discrimination at work; a housing campaigner and Chair of Circle 33 Housing Association and the Ombudsman Services: Property. She is also passionate about environmental issues and sits on the Board of WRAP – the recycling and resource efficiency body. When not in the Lords, Maggie lives in Brighton where she relaxes by horse riding and listening to and watching jazz.
For more information, read Maggie's Parliamentary biography - available here.