Oxbridge graduate councillor criticised for bikini Facebook pictures
Published 30/08/2011 | 12:15
A female Oxbridge graduate who is one of Britain's youngest councillors has been criticised for appearing on Facebook wearing a bikini and clutching bottles of alcohol.
Tory politican Jodie Jones, 23, was elected to Cannock Chase District Council earlier this year saying she wanted to represent the youth of Staffordshire.
But her lifestyle has been criticised by council colleages after she was pictured on her Facebook profile in clinches with female friends, partying in a bikini and sitting in the street holding two bottles of booze.
Councillor for Heath Hayes and Wimblebury, Diane Todd, said: "These pictures do not show the behaviour she should be displaying.
"That's not the behaviour I expect of a councillor, she needs to make sure that she isn't seen sat swigging from bottles like this."
Fellow councillor, Christine Mitchell, said "We all know what young people do," she said. "I'm sure if you go out on a Saturday you'll find the older councillors inebriated as well, but she has signed up to a code of conduct.
"She must make sure that she doesn't do anything or say anything that might bring the council into disrepute."
However Miss Jones insists her days of partying are now behind her and she is concentrating on her role as a councillor.
"I hardly have any time for a social life these days," said Miss Jones, who grew up in Cannock having been born in Huntingdon.
"I don't have any time for a boyfriend, I will probably be able to one day, but for now I have enough responsibilities with my job.
"I still go out with my friends when I can, we go out for a few drinks and a laugh but I have to be careful with what I say and who I'm talking to these days."
Miss Jones, who graduated from with a degree in Politics and History from Oxford in 2009, currently works in the office of Cannock's MP Aidan Burley and is hoping to follow her boss to Westminster one day and even possibly taking the top job.
"I definitely see myself in Parliament one day, and who knows what might happen, I won't rule anything out - I could be Prime Minister one day."