Jonathan’s previous career spanned the world of journalism, business, Parliament – and prison.
In the 1960s he was a Fleet Street journalist serving as a war correspondent in Vietnam, Biafra and the Middle East. He still continues to write articles for a wide range of newspapers and magazines. He is the author of seven books including Nixon a Life (1993) and Pride and Perjury (2000). His book Psalms for People under Pressure was published in February 2004. In 2005, he completed a biography of the American prison reformer and Christian leader Charles W Colson, A Life Redeemed.
After journalism he went into business and became Chairman of a merchant bank in the City of London.
In 1974 he became a Conservative Member of Parliament spending eighteen years on the backbenches until being appointed Minister of State for Defence in 1992. He joined the Cabinet as Chief Secretary to the Treasury in 1994.
Having told a lie on oath in a libel action he pleaded guilty to charges of perjury and served an eighteen-month prison sentence. After spending two years studying theology at Wycliffe Hall Oxford he now speaks and writes extensively on the Christian faith.