Kevan Jones

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The Right Honourable
Kevan Jones
MP
Official portrait of Mr Kevan Jones crop 2.jpg
Jones in 2017
Shadow Minister for the Armed Forces
In office
12 May 2010 – 6 January 2016
Leader [Harriet Harman
Edward Miliband
Harriet Harman
Jeremy Corbyn
Preceded by Andrew Robathan
Succeeded by Kate Hollern
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence
In office
5 October 2008 – 11 May 2010
Prime Minister Gordon Brown
Preceded by Derek Twigg
Succeeded by Andrew Robathan
Member of Parliament
for North Durham
Assumed office
7 June 2001
Preceded by Giles Radice
Majority 12,939 (29.9%)
Personal details
Born (1964-04-25) 25 April 1964 (age 56)
Website www.kevanjonesmp.org.uk


Kevan David Jones PC MP (born 25 April 1964) has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for North Durham since 2001.

Parliamentary career

Jones was first elected as MP for North Durham in 2001 with a majority of 18,681. After becoming member of Parliament, Jones became a member of the influential Defence Select Committee, and also a member of the Labour Party's Parliamentary Committee. His Private Member's Bill, the Christmas Day (Trading) Act 2004, successfully passed Parliament, and came into force in December 2004. The Act makes it illegal for large shops to open on Christmas Day.

He was re-elected to the North Durham seat in the 2005 general election, with a majority of 16,781. He polled 64.1% of the vote. His campaigning on behalf of people who had coal health compensation payments deducted by unscrupulous claims handlers influenced the Compensation Act 2006

Jones was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and Minister for Veterans at the Ministry of Defence in October 2008.

In May 2010 Harriet Harman appointed Jones Shadow Minister for the Armed Forces, outside the Shadow Cabinet. He retained this position under Labour leader Edward Miliband and in Jeremy Corbyn's first appointment of shadow ministers in 2015.

He became a member of the special Select Committee set up to scrutinise the Bill that became the Armed Forces Act 2011.

He is Treasurer of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Industrial Heritage.