Wallasey Riverside Wards include parts of Egremont, New Brighton, Seacombe, Somerville, and Poulton. So that you will know as much as possible about the Labour Councillors you elected we will set out below something of their backgrounds.
Councillor Adrian Jones
Phone: 0151 638 9050
Union: Unite member 30203805
Surgeries: First Friday of each month (except August and January). 6.15 at Wallasey Town Hall. Or ask Adrian to pay you a visit in your own home.
Term: Re-elected in May 2010 for a further 4 years as Seacombe’s Councillor, with well over 60% of the vote he had a comfortable majority over all other candidates combined. He is presently the Cabinet Member for Central Services.
Adrian and his wife, Chris, have lived in Seacombe for about twenty-three years. They have a daughter, Eleri, who has just graduated with a ‘First’ in English at Swansea university, and two sons, Huw and Rhys who both went from Birkenhead Sixth Form College on to university. Chris is a Ward Manager in a Wirral NHS Hospital.
Council main duties:
- Cabinet – Member for Central Services
- Constituency Committee – Wallasey
- Employment and Appointments Committee
- Investigation and Disciplinary Committee
- Pensions Committee
Adrian became the Mayor of Wirral in 2008. To devote sufficient time to what is really very much a full time role he retired early from his position as a trade union official with the University and College Union, representing university lecturers. Early retirement involved substantial salary loss, and pension loss, ‘to do the job properly’ but it enabled him to represent the Borough at almost 600 events during his mayoral year. The mayoralty is a non-political role in which the Mayor must ensure that Council meetings are conducted with complete fairness to all Councillors irrespective of their political leanings. He was congratulated at the close of his year of office by the leaders of the Conservative, Liberal and Labour Parties.
Ater leaving a secondary modern school at 15 Adrian worked in several ‘real world’ jobs, eventually becoming a steel-worker in the furnace plant at Llanwern. In his early 20s he studied for ‘A’ levels, as a mature student, and entered the University of Wales, Swansea, graduating in Politics. After university he worked for a time in the City of Cardiff Education Department before becoming a full time official of NUPE (one of three unions that merged to become UNISON). Later he became a senior lecturer in Higher Education. He also chaired the South Wales District of the WEA (Workers’ Educational Association) for some years, and went on to organise its North of Scotland District – embracing Tayside, Grampian, Highland, Orkney, Shetland, and the Outer Hebrides. He came to Merseyside about twenty-three years ago as the Northern Ireland Official of the lecturers’ trade union (now known as UCU) working from its Liverpool office.
Having worked in Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and England Adrian has gained a broad experience of British politics. He is a former member of the Newport, Gwent, County Borough Council and was the Secretary of Newport Trades Union Council. For some years he was a Wirral representative on the Merseyside Police Authority, until May 2010. (A recent study revealed that MPA members devote about 500 hours a year to their Police Authority role.)
Adrian believes the Labour and Trade Union Movement to be the natural representative body for working people and their families. He regards trade unions, and the Labour Party which they were instrumental in creating, as two wings of the same movement. Just as the Conservative Party is ideologically committed to the needs and interests of bankers, finance capital, and the owners of industry, Labour is ideologically committed to the needs and interests of working people ‘by hand or by brain.’ As well as his political work Adrian is a school governor and he is closely associated with a number of prominent Wirral charities for which he is a volunteer.
He was directly involved in establishing both of Seacombe’s Residents’ Associations. He is personally well known to the many residents he has helped with individual advice and case-work during years as their Councillor, as well as the continuous work done collectively for groups of residents. As well as the activities that are publicly reported this includes many family matters, housing, debt, anti-social behaviour, disputes with private landlords, and others which by their nature are confidential. This work is constant but it is never made public.
A former member of the Newport Phoenix Cycling Club Adrian was a racing cyclist taking part in time-trial racing during the 1950s and 1960s. He can still often be seen pedalling his (British made, half-century old) racing cycle, nowadays at a more leisurely speed than in former years, on the promenade. At other times he is seen there, or in local parks, with his two dogs – a Welsh Collie and an English Springer.
Phone: 0151 638 9050
Union: Unison member 3064381 & RCN member 1071146
Surgeries: Second Friday of each month (except August). 6.15 at Wallasey Town Hall. Or by arranngement
Chris was elected in May 2011 for 4 years, decisively defeating not only the defector from Labour, but with an extremely comfortable majority over all other candidates combined.
Married to Adrian, who is also a Seacombe Councillor, Chris has lived in Seacombe for about twenty-one years. She and Adrian have three children: a daughter, Eleri, who has just graduated with a ‘First’ in English at Swansea university, and two sons: Huw who is at university in Manchester, and Rhys who is a student at Birkenhead Sixth Form College.
Brought up and educated in Mountain Ash, in the Cynon Valley, Chris was educated in Mountain Ash Comprehensive School before entering Nurse training in Newport where she gained RGN and RMN qualifications. She began her nursing career in South Wales, and later became a ward sister in Scotland before moving to Wallasey. She is now a Ward Manager in a Wirral NHS hospital.
A former Liscard Councillor Chris has campaigned in every election since coming to Wirral. She dramatically reduced the Conservative majority in Wallasey Ward in the 2010 election before winning Seacombe the following year, 2011, from a former Labour Councillor who ‘defected’ to the Conservatives. Chris won with a very healthy majority 63% over all other candidates combined.
Chris is a governor of Weatherhead High School and of Egremont Primary School. Since returning to the Council she has become a member of:
- the Sustainable Communities Overview & Scrutiny Committee;
- the Licensing , Health & Safety, and General Purposes Committee; and
- the Council Excellence Overview & Scrutiny Committee.
Chris has a professional interest in health and well-being, in education, and in social care.
Her private interests are largely taken up with a high involvement in work for local charities and she spends a little time most days taking her two dogs for walks in Seacombe’s Central Park, New Brighton’s nearby Vale Park; or along the Egremont Promenade where the dogs also enjoy swimming in the Mersey.