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On 29 June 2007, Jones became Minister of State for Trade and Investment in both the newly created Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform and the Foreign Office. He was appointed as a Government Minister in a move to create a government "of all the talents".[3] As he was not a parliamentarian at the time, Jones was made a life peer, and became a member of the House of Lords. It was suggested that he was taking the Labour whip in the House of Lords, but he chose not to join the Labour Party. He was gazetted as a peer on 10 July 2007 as Baron Jones of Birmingham, of Alvechurch and of Bromsgrove in the County of Worcestershire,[4] and took his seat in the House of Lords that same day.


Formally styled The Lord Jones of Birmingham, he sat as a Crossbencher in the House of Lords.


Jones had considered running for Mayor of London after being encouraged by a group of prominent businessmen. He was also approached by the Conservative Party about becoming its candidate, but rejected this idea.[5]


In April 2008 Jones announced his intention to resign as Minister of Trade and Investment later in the year.[6][7] He resigned in October 2008 and was appointed to be a UK Business Ambassador for UK Trade & Investment.[8] In testimony to the Public Administration Committee he said that his time as a junior minister was "one of the most dehumanising and depersonalising experiences" anyone could have and that he had been amazed by how many civil servants he thought deserved the sack.[9]


On 16 January 2009, in a subsequent blog entry on the Daily Telegraph's blogsite, Jones was described as "the walking personification of the spirit of big business at its corporatist worst".[10]


On 20 September 2013, he spoke at the UK Independence Party conference in London as a guest speaker, addressing the conference on business and economic matters.


On 29 September 2014, Jones introduced the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, before his keynote speech at the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham. He said that Osborne "deserves a personal pat on the back" for having "stuck to your guns and did what was right for our country." In response to any rumour regarding a possible defection, he also confirmed "I don't do party politics" and "business is my constituency."[11]


On 31 August 2020, he retired from the House of Lords.[12]

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CurtainRaiser - 2021-07-31 8:04 PM


Birdbrain - 2021-07-31 8:02 PM


You could have just answered what was the truth instead of giving yaself headache ... The answer is as we know ... The Labour Party ... Move on


Was he a Labour peer?


What the blinkety is wrong with ya ... He served your Labour Government ... Why you going all defensive and angry

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