Jon has been a Cardiff councillor since 2004 and was the candidate for the Welsh Assembly by-election for the Blaenau Gwent constituency in 2006 after the death of Peter Law, and then a list candidate for South Wales Central at the 2007 Assembly election. He has also served as election agent for the Cardiff North seat in 2007.
He was born in Manchester in 1981 and moved to Sussex at the age of nine. He has worked variously for the Daily Telegraph, HM Inspectorate of Prisons in the Home Office and a public affairs consultancy before moving to Cardiff in 2003, since when he has worked in Conservative politics, including stints working for the party's Health spokesman in the Assembly and for former MEP, Jonathan Evans.
Paul Murphy has been Labour MP for Torfaen since 1987 and holds the seat with a majority of 14,791 over the Conservatives.