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John Paul Jenkins
|Carmarthenshire County Council|
|Assumed office |
10 June 2004
|Llanelli Town Council|
John Paul Jenkins (born 1981) is a local politician in Wales, in the United Kingdom. He is a county councillor for the Elli ward of Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, and a town councillor for the same ward on Llanelli Town Council. He stood for election as a candidate of the Conservative Party for both authorities.
Before becoming a councillor, Jenkins was chosen by the Conservative Party in 2002 to be its candidate for the Llanelli constituency at the 2003 election to the National Assembly for Wales. However, in March 2003, just two months before polling day, Jenkins was reported to have made homophobic remarks on an internet forum. The story was first reported in the Western Mail and subsequently on the BBC Wales news.
Jenkins withdrew his candidacy although he claimed that his remarks had been taken out of context and that, "a lot of selective editing was carried out somewhere between my actual comments being made and the reporting of my remarks in the Western Mail and subsequently the BBC."
Later in 2003, Jenkins started his campaign for election to Carmarthenshire County Council. Running with the slogan "Standing up for Llanelli" Jenkins won election to Carmarthenshire County Council and Llanelli Town Council in 2004.
As of 2006, he serves on Carmarthenshire County Council's Planning Committee and Social Justice Scrutiny Committee, the latter being the committee that scrutinises the council's equal opportunity policies. He is also a Carmarthenshire Local Education Authority appointed governor of Bryngwyn Comprehensive School in Dafen, Llanelli. He also serves on Llanelli Town Council's Selwyn Samuel Management Committee and is a Minor Authority appointed governor of Old Road County Primary School in Llanelli.
On 15 February 2006, Jenkins was selected by the Conservative Party to contest the Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire constituency, in the 2007 Welsh Assembly election. However, the following day, Jenkins resigned as a Conservative candidate for the second time, on orders of Conservative leader David Cameron, because of his 2003 homophobic comments.
Jenkins subsequently announced that following his resignation as a candidate he was also quitting the Conservative Party because of what he saw as the Conservative Party's unfair treatment towards him.
In August 2012 Jenkins got into trouble again for his comments on social media when he suggested on Twitter to an unemployed woman that she get work as an escort, then describing a well-known footballer as a "pervert". A complaint was made to the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales.
- News stories relating to alleged homophobia:  
- Reports of second resignation:      
- Scotsman.com article published before Jenkins' resignation 
- Official Conservative Party website noting Jenkins' election as a Conservative Councillor in 2004  Accessed 19 March 2006
- "Tory resigns over 'homophobic' remarks". BBC News. 12 March 2003. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
- Marc Shoffman (17 February 2006). "Conservative Party leader David Cameron forced a Welsh Assembly candidate to stand down just 24 hours after he had been selected, over rows about "homophobic" remarks". Pink News. Retrieved 22 July 2022.
- "Carmarthenshire County Council Election Results 1995-2012" (PDF). Electionscentre.co.uk. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
- "Local councillor reported to Ombudsman over his 'prostitute' tweet". Wales Online. 2 August 2012. Retrieved 10 December 2017.