|Shadow Minister for Wales|
|Assumed office |
10 April 2020
|Preceded by||Chris Ruane|
10 October 2016 – 3 July 2017
|Preceded by||Susan Elan Jones|
|Succeeded by||Chris Ruane|
|Shadow Minister for Veterans|
3 July 2017 – 10 April 2020
|Preceded by||Rachael Maskell (2016) |
|Succeeded by||Sharon Hodgson|
|Member of Parliament|
for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney
|Assumed office |
7 May 2015
|Preceded by||Dai Havard|
|Born||21 August 1970|
Gerald Jones (born 21 August 1970) is a Welsh Labour Party politician. He has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney since the May 2015 general election and has served as a Shadow Welsh Office minister.
The industrial decline of the 1980s and the 1984–85 Miner's strike led Jones, at the age of 14, to become active in the community struggle to support miners.
He joined the Labour Party in 1988 and has served in a range of roles including Chairperson of New Tredegar Branch Labour Party and the Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney Constituency Labour Party. Between 2003 and 2015, he also played a key role in UK General Elections and Welsh Assembly Election Campaigns across Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney as Election Agent.
Jones was elected as a Labour Councillor to Caerphilly County Borough Council in 1995, representing his home community of New Tredegar. For 20 years, he represented his community and held an active calendar of advice surgeries and attended many community events, being accessible to local residents. He also served as Deputy Leader of the Council and between 2012 and 2015 also served as Cabinet Member for Housing where he drove the council's commitment to delivering the Welsh Housing Quality Standard programme. Jones also served as the Anti Poverty and Homelessness Champion.
He has a lifelong passion for supporting community empowerment and has actively volunteered with a range of community groups in the New Tredegar area, playing a key role in driving the Phillipstown Community House project and the multi agency New Tredegar Regeneration Strategy, a project that saw around £25million invested in the local area.
He is also member of the GMB and the Co Op Party.
He supported Owen Smith in the failed attempt to replace Jeremy Corbyn in the 2016 Labour Party (UK) leadership election.
Jones was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney in the 2015 General Election and subsequently re-elected at the 2017 election.
Having served as a Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the Shadow Wales and Defence teams, he was appointed by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn as a Shadow Wales Minister in October 2016 and a Shadow Defence Minister in July 2017.
As of June 2015, he is one of 125 MPs who employ a member of their family; he employs his partner as a senior parliamentary assistant.
Jones was born in 1970 in Phillipstown, New Tredegar: a small community in the Upper Rhymney Valley.
He is openly gay and employs his partner, Tyrone Powell as his Senior Parliamentary Assistant.