|Shadow Minister for Defence|
12 May 2010
|Preceded by||Andrew Robathan|
|Minister for Defence|
5 October 2008 – 11 May 2010
|Prime Minister||Gordon Brown|
|Preceded by||Derek Twigg|
|Succeeded by||Andrew Robathan|
|Member of Parliament
for North Durham
7 June 2001
|Preceded by||Giles Radice|
25 April 1964 |
Worksop, Nottinghamshire, England
|Alma mater||University of Southern Maine, Northumbria University|
Jones was born in Nottinghamshire and is the son of a coal miner. He went to the comprehensive Portland School on Sparken Hill in Worksop. He attended Newcastle Polytechnic (now Northumbria University) and the University of Southern Maine in the U.S., gaining a BA (Hons) in Government & Public Policy. Before becoming an MP, he was a Newcastle upon Tyne councillor from 1990 - March 2001 where he was Chairman of the Development Committee, and an elected political and legal officer of the GMB Union.
He was 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.
Kevan Jones 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.
In 2011, he was a member of the special Select Committee set up to scrutinise the Bill that became the Armed Forces Act 2011. He was also a member of the Public Bill Committee for the Defence Reform Bill.
Jones described Joanna Lumley's behaviour following her fight for Gurkha rights as 'irritating'. Mr Jones said that, having raised the issue and forced the change, Miss Lumley had a responsibility to help explain the new rules to the Gurkhas. She had not done so, he said. Ms Lumley refused to comment.
- "Opposing shops opening on Christmas Day in 2004". BBC News. 15 October 2004.
- "Select Committee on the Armed Forces Bill". parliament.uk. Retrieved 20 Sep 2013.
- "House of Commons Public Bill Committee on the Defence Reform Bill 2013-14". Parliament.uk. Retrieved 17 September 2013.
- "MOD - 2008-2009 annual report and accounts - (Minister for Veterans). Mr Kevan Jones MP. (appointed 5 October 2008)". MOD uk. Retrieved August 1, 2010.
- Kirkup, James (9 March 2010). "Joanna Lumley 'irritates' minister over Gurkhas". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 7 May 2010.
- "Brass Band". Kevan Jones.
- Official website
- Guardian Unlimited Politics - Ask Aristotle: Kevan Jones MP
- TheyWorkForYou.com - Kevan Jones MP
- Voting record at the Public Whip
- BBC Politics page
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for North Durham