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Kevan Jones MP

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  • = Key Development Tuesday 21st October
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  • 22:08 Story (7 links): MPs: Mental illness 'not a weakness'

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    Labour MP Kevan Jones has told the Commons that mental illness is "not a sign of weakness" in politicians, as both he and Conservative Charles Walker spoke for the first time about their own experiences with depression in a debate today.

    Mr Jones, a former defence minister, appeared close to tears as he told the House: "We have got to talk about mental health in this House. Actually admitting that sometimes you need help is not a sign of weakness.

    "Being an MP is a great privilege. It's a great thing that I love but it also has its stresses."

    He urged the Speaker to devote greater resources to assisting MPs with mental health issues, saying that medication was only "part of the answer" and had to work in tandem with therapy.

    Sue Baker, Director of mental health anti-stigma programme Time For Change, said: "It is incredibly encouraging to hear the news that Charles Walker MP and Kevan Jones MP have both spoken out in Parliament today about their experience of mental illness."

    "This will go down in the history books as we have never before seen our political leaders and parliamentarians feel able to discuss their mental health problems openly without fear of discrimination."

    Former No. 10 Communications Director Alastair Campbell, an ambassador for Time For Change, welcomed Mr Jones and Mr Walkers' contributions in an article for the Independent, saying: "having MPs being so open about their own issues will help to build the political support necessary to stop mental health services being pushed to the back of the queue."

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  • 07:29 Story (2 links): Troops hit by pay freeze

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    The Ministry of Defence has confirmed that around 140,000 members of the Armed Forces will be hit by the government's public sector pay freeze. Shadow defence minister Kevan Jones said: "This blows a hole in the posturing we saw before the general election from the Conservatives."

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  • 06:27 Story (5 links): Apologies over Gurkhas

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    Veterans minister Kevan Jones was forced to apologise to actress Joanna Lumley yesterday over comments he made about her not informing Gurkhas properly about the realities of living in Britain. Gordon Brown also expressed his "regret" over the comments in a telephone conversation with Ms Lumley.

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MPs: Mental illness 'not a weakness'

Labour MP Kevan Jones has told the Commons that mental illness is "not a sign of weakness" in politicians, as both he and Conservative Charles Walker spoke for the first time about their own experiences with depression in a debate today.

Mr Jones, a former defence minister, appeared close to tears as he told the House: "We have got to talk about mental health in this House. Actually admitting that sometimes you need help is not a sign of weakness.

"Being an MP is a great privilege. It's a great thing that I love but it also has its stresses."

He urged the Speaker to devote greater resources to assisting MPs with mental health issues, saying that medication was only "part of the answer" and had to work in tandem with therapy.

Sue Baker, Director of mental health anti-stigma programme Time For Change, said: "It is incredibly encouraging to hear the news that Charles Walker MP and Kevan Jones MP have both spoken out in Parliament today about their experience of mental illness."

"This will go down in the history books as we have never before seen our political leaders and parliamentarians feel able to discuss their mental health problems openly without fear of discrimination."

Former No. 10 Communications Director Alastair Campbell, an ambassador for Time For Change, welcomed Mr Jones and Mr Walkers' contributions in an article for the Independent, saying: "having MPs being so open about their own issues will help to build the political support necessary to stop mental health services being pushed to the back of the queue."


Veterans minister Kevan Jones was forced to apologise to actress Joanna Lumley yesterday over comments he made about her not informing Gurkhas properly about the realities of living in Britain. Gordon Brown also expressed his "regret" over the comments in a telephone conversation with Ms Lumley.


The Ministry of Defence has confirmed that around 140,000 members of the Armed Forces will be hit by the government's public sector pay freeze. Shadow defence minister Kevan Jones said: "This blows a hole in the posturing we saw before the general election from the Conservatives."


Joanna Lumley has accused the government of briefing against her in a smear campaign designed to undermine her victory over its immigration policy towards Gurkhas, after a minister claimed she had abandoned the cause.


Defence minister Kevan Jones has been irritated by the apparent "deathly silence" from Joanna Lumley since she forced the government to back down over the issue of Gurkhas' rights last year, the Guardian reports.


Actress and Gurkha compaigner Joanna Lumley has accused veterans minister Kevan Jones of a "personal attack," after he told a committee of MPs that Lumley was maintaining a "deathly silence" on Gurkhas' rights.