Liberal Democrats have confirmed that Jonathan Mitchell is their candidate in Hornchurch and Upminster
Jonathan Mitchell is a practising Barrister specialising in Criminal Law (Jury Trials), Fraud and Financial Regulation, Proceeds of Crime, European Cases, and some civil cases. He has a BA and an MA from Trinity College Dublin, and he is a former Lecturer in European Law at the University of Luxembourg.
Jonathan is a Founder and Board member of the European Criminal Bar Association, a Committee member of the Council of the Bars and Law Societies of Europe Criminal Law Committee; he helped to set up the International Criminal Bar for the International Criminal Court; and he is a member of Fair Trials International. Speaking Engagements and professional commitments have taken Jonathan to most of the capitals and major cities of the EU.
Before he became a Barrister Jonathan worked for four years as a Marketing Executive for Courtaulds Ltd. assisting in developing and marketing products using Courtaulds fibres for carpets and household textiles. After that Jonathan worked for two years in the Public Relations Department of John Laing (Development and Construction) whose projects included the construction of Oil Rigs for the North Sea; Housing Estates; Hospitals; Industrial Centres; New Shopping Centres, and Transport Hubs.
Jonathan was born and brought up in London, where he lives with his wife. Their grown-up children work as a teacher (daughter), and a plumber/heating engineer (son).
Jonathan has been actively involved in politics since the emergence of the SDP and later the Liberal Democrats. As the PPC for Dulwich and West Norwood in the 2005 and 2010 General elections, Jonathan put the LibDems into second position, and on both occasions pushed the Conservatives into third position. From 2006 to 2014 Jonathan was a Liberal Democrat Councillor for East Dulwich on Southwark Council. Subsequently Jonathan has been made an Honorary Alderman of the London Borough of Southwark.
Jonathan’s priorities for Hornchurch and Upminster are: (i) to ensure there are sufficient well-funded schools for the children; (ii) to provide more affordable homes especially for young working people; (iii) to reform the system of GP services to ensure quicker access to doctors and nurses, and to make Care services for post-hospital treatment part of the NHS, and in all areas of the NHS to limit the extent of Private Health Services; (iv) to keep taxes low especially for the poor, and to continue to strengthen the Economy.
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