Bristol MP reacts after being appointed into new Government role

Bristol North West MP Darren Jones speaking at the launch of Bristol Labour's election campaign
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A Bristol MP says he is "thrilled" after being announced as Chief Secretary to the Treasury. Sir Keir Starmer made the appointment of Darren Jones MP earlier on Friday (July 5).

The appointment of the Labour Member of Parliament for Bristol North West was announced on Number 10 social media shortly before 7pm: "Darren Jones MP @darrenpjones has been appointed Chief Secretary to the Treasury @hmtreasury. He will attend Cabinet."

Darren Jones MP took to X, formerly Twitter, saying: "I’m thrilled the Prime Minister has asked me to serve as his Chief Secretary to the Treasury. I can’t wait to get to work with the Chancellor and the rest of the Cabinet to turn the page and rebuild Britain."

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Mr Jones, who is 37, was the Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury in the run-up to the election, and was a prominent member of a number of parliamentary committees, which saw him gain a notable profile beyond Westminster. In the General Election, voters overwhelmingly backed Mr Jones, as the Labour MP increased his majority to a whopping 15,669.

The campaign was marked by the suspension of the Conservative candidate Laura Saunders nine days before polling day, after she was placed under investigation amid allegations she placed bets on when the General Election would take place, using insider knowledge before Rishi Sunak announced it publicly six weeks ago.

Mr Jones was born in Bristol and grew up in Lawrence Weston. He was first elected as an MP in 2017.