Jenny was born in Brighton, the daughter of a hospital cook and a dinner lady. She worked from a young age, starting with mucking out horse stables to get a free horse ride. She married at 20 and had 2 daughters before settling in London in 1991. Over the years she worked as a crafts teacher, a secretary, a book keeper, a shop assistant and an office manager. At age 45 she earnt a BSc (Hons) in Archaeology and spent nearly 10 years working as an archaeologist. She has no pets, no car and grows her own vegetables in summer
Jenny has held several prominent political roles: Deputy Mayor of London, Deputy Chair of the London Assembly’s Police and Crime Committee, Green Councillor for Southwark Council and Chair of the Green Party of England and Wales. She served on the London Assembly from 2000-16 where she worked on housing, policing and civil liberties, cycling and walking, road safety and the legacy of the 2012 Olympics/ Paralympics. In the 2000 to 2008 London administration, under Ken Livingstone, she was the Mayor’s Green Transport Advisor, advising him on sustainable forms of transport and Chair of the London Food Board. In 2004 she was named as one of 200 ‘women of achievement’ by Buckingham Palace
When the Green party was offered its first seat in the House of Lords in the summer of 2013 Jenny Jones was at the top of the party’s selection list, the result of a vote by all party members. Jenny was introduced to the House of Lords on November 5th 2013, she took her title, Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb, from the council estate she grew up on in Brighton. She is the Green Party’s sole representative in the House of Lords
Change is generally unwelcome in the House of Lords, and when it does happen, it moves slower than cold treacle. I welcome the Burns Report, on how to reduce the size of the second chamber, from about 850 to 600. I say 'about' as it's hard to pin down the exact figure as peers retire or die at random and the government keeps packing more in regardless.
The next time that a driver collides with shoppers, or tourists, or a group of cyclists and it turns out that they are not a terrorist, can we resist that collective shrug of the shoulders? Can we instead take some of the energy and passion we give to terrorist incidents and apply it to solving the crisis on our roads? Why not ban vehicles from busy public spaces, reverse the cuts to traffic policing and stop treating road deaths as inevitable?
I will happily work with those Conservatives who can help edge Government policy in a truly green direction, but only a Green government will deliver fast and positive changes to create a nation of green energy producing, eco -warriors.
Let's learn a few lessons from the mistakes of recent years. Let's value community policing and the police staff who do the vital backroom work. Let's focus the existing resources of our security services on chasing terrorists, rather than harassing environmental campaigners and Green politicians. Let us look at how our foreign policy connects with our domestic security.
This situation cannot and should not go on. Our railways are a public service, enabling people to get to work and linking families and friends who are separated by long distances. They can, and should, be the pathways to our business success and our engagement in leisure. Instead, they are overpriced, but underfunded. Overcrowded, but understaffed. Driven by profit, not by what is best for passengers. But there is an alternative.
When we in the Green Party talk about climate change, it is possible to be drawn into a debate about temperatures and statistics, when what we are really talking about is people - and the plants and other animals with which we share the planet.
There is certainly a shortage in social housing. Almost 1.9million households are in need of a social home, more than half again of the almost 3.7million socially-rented homes currently occupied. The solution to that is not to threaten people with eviction in an arbitrary amount of time. Nor is it to ban local authorities from granting secure, long-term tenancies for people in social housing where they see they are beneficial.
I am privileged as a member of the House of Lords, to be part of a group which stands against anti-Semitic hate crime. Nobody should ever be victimised for their religion, race, colour or any of the other 'differences' which seem to blind some people to the similarities which unite us all.
Both Houses of Parliament exist to serve the people of the UK, yet it fell to the unelected peers, rather than the MPs who are directly accountable to their constituents, to stand up for people whose work helps the entire country to operate and succeed.
We need to know exactly what the US government - and the UK government, which has been complicit in the 'rendering' of British and other nationals to Guantanamo - has done, so we can hold them to account. For all of us, the fight for justice for Shaker, his wife and children, is far from over.
When the UK is hosting a two day international summit on the illegal wildlife trade, involving two future kings of our country and world leaders from fifty nations, all invited by the prime minister, why does the Met police have a team of only five people to fight an illegal trade estimated to be worth $19billion a year? Isn't it time we got serious about this crime?
Over the past week the mayor has responded to criticism of his cycling policies by suggesting cyclists are making rash decisions on the roads and by repeating a unfounded claim he made to me in October 2011 that wearing headphones whilst cycling or walking could be blamed for an increase in the numbers injured in London.
Tuesday will mark the latest stage of the undercover police scandal when the judgement is expected in the legal appeal by the victims of police spies against the Metropolitan Police Service. I'm surprised to find that I admire much of the work done by the Met Commissioner, which makes it all the stranger that he is mishandling the historical mess that undercover police have made of innocent people's lives. Bernard Hogan-Howe is now taking a Janus faced approach when it comes to undercover police having sex with the people they are spying on. He says one thing in public but his lawyers say the opposite in the High Court.
The tragic deaths of two unarmed policewomen in Manchester yesterday will inevitably lead to calls from some quarters for on-duty police in the UK to be armed. But before we pursue such a course of action, we need a proper examination of the facts.
Of course there will be people who argue we must turn London into a temporary prison so the 2012 games can be the best ever. To them I give this quote from the great Benjamin Franklin: "He who would trade liberty for some temporary security, deserves neither liberty nor security."
High Olympic ideals of promoting sport and healthy living seem completely at odds with Big Macs, chicken nuggets, fries, sugar rich milkshakes and coke drinks. Yet brands such as McDonalds and Coca Cola, through sponsorship deals, will be the only food and soft-drink brands advertised at the London 2012 Games, at both game venues and through TV broadcasts to billions of worldwide viewers, including children.