Digby Jones appears at Tory conference. Last seen at Ukip conference. Formerly a Minister for Gordon Brown.

Is he from the uberclass?
Not another illegitimate Royal or Rothschild?
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Jones was Chairman of the CBI’s West Midlands Regional Council and became the first serving regional chairman to be appointedDirector-General. He was Director-General of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) between 1 January 2000 and 30 June 2006. He was knighted in 2005.[2][3] He then went on to act as an advisor to Barclays CapitalFordDeloitte and JCB. He served as the unpaidUK Skills Envoy from 2006–07.
Jones acted as a non-executive director for the IT contractor ISOFT from 2000 until his resignation in July 2005, when he stayed on for one year as an advisor. Following the collapse in the value of iSoft and investigations into its accountancy practices, Jones said “there is a limit to what a non-executive can know… They have to rely on what advisers tell them and what the executive team tells them. It is important that people understand this.”

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Political career[edit]

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 talents”.[4] As he was not a parliamentarian at the time, it was announced that Jones would be made a Life Peer, thus becoming a member of the House of Lords. It was suggested that he was taking the Labour whip in the House of Lords, but he subsequently chose not to join the Labour Party. He was gazetted as a peer on 10 July 2007 as Baron Jones of Birminghamof Alvechurch and of Bromsgrove in the County of Worcestershire,[5] and took his seat in the House of Lords that same day.
Formally styled Digby, Lord Jones of Birmingham, he sits as a Crossbencher in the Upper House.
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 official candidate, but rejected this idea.[6]
In April 2008 Lord Jones announced his intention to resign as Minister of Trade and Investment later in the year.[7][8] He resigned in October 2008 and was appointed to be a UK Business Ambassador for UK Trade & Investment.[9] 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.[10]
On 16 January 2009, in a subsequent blog entry on the Daily Telegraph’s blogsite, Lord Jones was described as “the walking personification of the spirit of big business at its corporatist worst”.[11]
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.

Other posts[edit]

Lord Jones is a Corporate Ambassador for the Cancer Research UK Corporate Ambassadors. He is President of the Diversity Works initiative – a programme led by the disability organisation Scope, a Diamond Ambassador for Mencap‘s WorkRight initiative, designed to spread the message of equality for disabled people, a Vice-President of Birmingham Hospice, and a Patron of Lifecycle UK, Ladies Fighting Breast Cancer and Get A-Head, the cancer charity fighting head and neck diseases.
He is also a Vice-President of the Friends of the British Library, a charity which provides funding support to the British Library.[12]
Lord Jones is a Vice-Patron of the National Museum of the Royal Navy. The National Museum through its six museums tell the stories and preserves the rich heritage of all aspects of the Royal Navy.
He is a non executive director of Leicester Tigers Rugby plc.[13] He is a Vice-President of The Birmingham Civic Society and President of the Speakers Trust, and was their Speaker of the Year in 2008. Lord Jones is Non-Executive Deputy Chairman of the Unipart Expert Practices (UEP) Division.
In November 2006, Jones was appointed “Business Adviser” to HRH The Duke of York, receiving £1,000 a month from the royal payroll for working one day a month. This position ended upon his appointment as a Minister in July 2007. He is now an advisor to the Duke in relation to his work with UK Trade & Investment, but on an unpaid basis.[14][15]

Fellowships and doctorates[edit]

Jones is a Fellow of University College London (2004); an Honorary Fellow of Cardiff University (2004); and an Honorary Doctor of the University of Central England (2002), theUniversity of Birmingham (2002), the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (2003), the University of Hertfordshire (2004), Middlesex University (2005),Sheffield Hallam University (2005), Aston University (2006), the University of Hull (2006), Queen’s University, Belfast (2006), Warwick University (2006), Bradford University (2006),Wolverhampton University (2006), Nottingham UniversityLoughborough University (2007) and Honorary Fellow of Cardiff Metropolitan University (2013). He is a visiting professor at the University of Hull Business School and Chairman of the Birmingham Business School International Advisory Board.

Digby Marritt Jones, Baron Jones of Birmingham (born 28 October 1955) is a British businessman and politician, who has served as Director General of the CBI (2000–06) and Minister of State for Trade and Investment (2007–08). Lord Jones is currently a Business Ambassador at UK Trade & Investment.
He serves as Chairman of Triumph Motorcycles Limited, Deputy Chairman of Unipart Consultancy Division, Chairman of Grove Industries and a non-executive director Spicers Limited. He is Corporate Advisor to JCB, Advisor to BP plc, Senior Advisor to Harvey Nash plc and Business Advisor to Barberry Developments Limited. 
He is Chairman of the Emergency Services Advisory Board of Babcock International Group plc and Chairman of Neutrino Concepts Limited. He is a Corporate Ambassador for Jaguar Cars, Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Jaguar Academy of Sport, a member of the Advisory Board of Monitise plc, Chairman of the Advisory Board of Argentex LLP, non-executive director of Leicester Tigers plc and chairman ShP Limited.
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