Fiona Jones -2007

Former MP for Newark, died on 28 January 2007. Fiona Jones was MP for Newark from 1997 to 2001, and one of the 129 women pictured in the famous “Blair’s babes” photograph which followed Labour’s first landslide victory.

Born in Liverpool, Jones grew up on a Fazakerley housing estate, the daughter of the Roman Catholic production manager of a local drug company. She was educated at Mary Help of Christians Convent grammar school, Wirral College of Art and Preston College.

Her father had been a friend of the Liverpool Walton MP, Eric Heffer, who gave the young Fiona a copy of Robert Tressell’s The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists. Having joined the Labour party at 17, she was elected to West Lindsey district council, Lincolshire, in 1990.

She was also a freelance journalist and television researcher, through which she met her husband Christopher Jones, a BBC radio journalist. Together, they moved to Lincolnshire.

She contested hopeless Gainsborough and Horncastle in 1992 and was then selected for Tory Newark, having defeated the local council leader for the Labour nomination. She won the seat by 3,016 votes, overturning an 8,000 Tory majority. She lost her seat in 2001.

She is survived by her husband and two sons.