Jon was born in Maerdy in the Rhondda. His grandfathers were miners, as was his father – and at the tender age of 14. His mother was a teacher and a deacon of the chapel. Welsh was spoken at home in what was a very traditional background.
After taking a degree in Ecology, Jon taught science in the Rhondda and Caerphilly before becoming a Labour MP and then a Minister in the Welsh Office. Leaving the Labour Party after more than 40 years was one of the hardest decisions he has ever made – although it is more true to say that the party left him. He believes in sensible, practical politics, making life better by seeking common ground with others.
He believes that that is what the European Union should be: a place where sensible practical people seek common ground with their neighbours. That is why he has joined the remain alliance and why he asks for your support.