Originally from Greenford, Jonathan’s lived in the constituency for several years. He has 2 children, Adam and Naomi, and lives in Harefield with his partner Mary, step-daughter Eleanor, and rescue dog – Barney. He’s now making diminishing contributions to his 5aside team at Goals League in South Ruislip.
A grocery industry sales and marketing professional, until 2010 Jonathan was the European Business Insight Director for the world’s largest market research company - Nielsen. Whilst at Nielsen, he worked with Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute to enhance understanding of consumer behaviour and attitudes towards climate change. In 2010 he formed Jonathan Banks Associates Ltd. He’s worked closely with, amongst others, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation. He spent much of 2019 working on sustainability issues in the seafood industry, via the World Economic Forum on the United Nations Sustainability Development Goal #14, Life Below Water.
Jonathan abhors the recent ascendancy of lie-fuelled emotion and beliefs over facts. The division in the country and lack of trust in our political system need a different breed of politician.He states that whilst the EU is imperfect, we’re better in than out. He dislikes protectionism and subsidies, and believes tax-payers and multi-national businesses must be prepared to pay their fair share, especially for health and education.
The NHS faces a funding crisis and increasing demand - Jonathan will focus on improving links between health and social care, enhancing mental health care, and provision for the elderly.He’s against the 3rd runway, but notes the plan to extend the existing runways had some advantages. He believes increasing rail infrastructure is a necessity, and whilst the cost/benefit analysis for HS2 to Birmingham is flawed, he’s more supportive of its extensions to the North.
Jonathan congratulates his LibDem colleague Lagle Heinla on her success in helping halt redevelopment of Northwood Station, but remains concerned about the flooding in North Ruislip from the woods. He’s committed to helping constituents irrespective of party allegiance and will run a minimum of 30 drop-in sessions each year across the constituency in Harefield, Ickenham, Ruislip, Eastcote, Northwood, Pinner, and Hatch End.