Follow me:

I am an experienced online journalist and political editor working for Trinity Mirror papers in the West Midlands and the North East, based in the Parliamentary Press Gallery at Westminster.

I understand how government, Parliament and political parties work. I am equally at home digging out stories from data, social media or interviews as I am covering major set-piece events or explaining how things work to readers.

I produce content which is shareable and promote my work on social media.

My experience with content management systems and knowledge of HTML allows me to include charts, embedded content from third parties and formatting in my work, to create content which encourages interaction and keeps readers on the page.

Contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (but please send press releases to my work email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as this is the email I monitor during working hours).

One of my favourite stories of recent days didn't quite make the grade in the Birmingham Post and got chopped down to 100 words or so - and can't even be found on the website.

That may very well be the fate it deserves, but by the power of the Interweb I present it here anyway, as I liked it. The MP concerned told the House of Commons that this was "serious monkey business".

Cheeta the chimpanzee should receive an Oscar for his role in films and television shows including the Tarzan movies, according to a West Midlands MP.

Mark Pritchard wants the 76-year old animal to receive recognition in order to raise awareness of thousands of primates kept as pets.

Mr Pritchard (Con The Wrekin) launched a campaign to win an honorary Oscar for Cheeta as he presented proposals to change the law in the House of Commons.

He submitted a Bill which would make it illegal to trade primates, such as monkeys, apes or lemurs, as pets.

He said: "Keeping primates as pets is like something from Victorian times.

"It is outdated, and comes from a dark period for animal welfare in this country."

But the Victorians at least had the excuse that they did not realise that many primates were in danger of extinction in their natural habitat, he said.

Even owners who tried to take good care of primate pets were unlikely to be able to provide a suitable environment, he said.

"It is estimated that up to 3,000 primates are currently being kept as pets in the United Kingdom.

"Many are kept in cruel and cramped conditions, but by no means all of them.

"But whatever their captive conditions, these wild animals will always remain wild. These are animals that need large areas of vertical and horizontal space.

"They need certain room temperatures and humidity, long hours of natural sunlight and a varied and balanced diets."

Mr Pritchard asked MPs to back his campaign to ensure Cheeta received an Academy Award, commonly known as an Oscar, to publicise the condition of primates kept as pets.

Cheeta appeared in 12 Tarzan movies in the 1930s and 40s, and currently lives in retirement in California.

Personally I'd love a monkey as a pet. Does this make me a bad person?

Connect With Me

View Jonathan Walker's profile on LinkedIn
 

Facebook Linkedin RSS Twitter

Email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for personal emails or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for press releases.

About me

Jonathan Walker Political Editor of the Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail, Sunday Mercury, Coventry Telegraph, Newcastle Journal, Newcastle Chronicle and Sunday Sun.

Contact me:

Email jonathan@walkerjon.com (but please send press releases to my work email which is
jon.walker@trinitymirror.com, as this is the email I monitor during working hours).

Read my CV

All the stories