UKIP MEP for the North East of England
Jonathan is aged 35 and is married with no children, currently living in Guisborough in the North East of England. At the age of 15 he went to Sheffield University, eventually obtaining a Masters’ degree in Mathematics (MMath Hons). His background is in teaching, where he has obtained excellent examination results consistently from his students and had senior management experience. He was General Secretary of UKIP from 2008 to 2014 on a part-time basis and worked to professionalise the Party.
He was elected as a UKIP MEP in May 2014, and according to the www.mepranking.eu website he spoke more in the European Parliament than any other British MEP for the remainder of 2014.
Outside politics Jonathan is a board games enthusiast, especially Chess and Stratego. In Stratego he has represented Great Britain at the World Championships twice, including in the bronze medal-winning teams at the World Championships in 2012 and 2014. He has two silver medals at Mind Sports Olympiads, and won the gold medal at the World Stratego Barrage competition in 2013.
At Chess he is a Candidate Master. He is a former member of the England Under-21 squad and captained Yorkshire from 2002-2004. He has represented the top British team at the European Club Cup (the ‘chess equivalent of football’s Champions League’), and regularly competed in international events. He has coached many children and young people, with a number going on to represent Yorkshire and even England at age-group level. He is considered to be a highly effective coach and communicator. His forthcoming chess book (in the process of publication) is aimed at adults who know little about the game but are interested in taking it up.
Jonathan is interested in sports, especially cricket and football. He has 20 years’ experience of charitable work, broadcasting on Scunthorpe Hospital Radio. The commentary team broadcasts live commentaries of the home games of Scunthorpe United to the local hospital and to partially-sighted fans around the ground. Jonathan has interviewed successive managers and key players and been involved in ‘outside broadcasts’ from Manchester City and Chelsea. The club’s official programme recently described the service provided, saying “Anyone who has had the pleasure of listening to the team cannot fail to be impressed with the professionalism of the delivery, the accuracy of the commentaries and the total quality of the output, which matches anything offered by the other stations. It is a service of which Scunthorpe Hospital Radio should be very proud”.