Darren Paul Jones (born 13 November 1986) was elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Bristol North West in the 2017 general election, which he won with 50.7% of the vote.
Jones first got involved in Labour Party politics as the leader of Labour Students at Plymouth University. He interned for Linda Gilroy MP and Alison Seabeck MP before being selected to be the Labour Party candidate for Torridge & West Devon at the 2010 General Election.
A Co-operative Party and Unite the Union member, Jones served on the national youth committees of both organisations before his election onto the Regional Political Committee of Unite the Union in the South West.
In 2012, Jones won the selection to become the Labour Party candidate for his home constituency of Bristol North West for the 2015 General Election. As a national target seat for the Labour Party, Bristol North West fought a high-profile but unsuccessful campaign against Conservative incumbent Charlotte Leslie bringing the party from third to second place. Jones campaigned on being the first MP for Bristol North West to have been born and raised there, and against alleged Conservative Party plans to introduce charges into the National Health Service.
Following the 2015 General Election, Jones joined the Labour Party leadership campaign of Andy Burnham as the South West coordinator before chairing the successful selection and election campaigns of the Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees.
Outside of elections, Jones is the director of Future Labour, a think tank focusing on the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Jones has a particular interest in technology, the digital economy and the future of work.
Following the announcement of the 2017 General Election, Jones was re-selected as the Labour Party candidate for Bristol North West. He won a surprise victory with a 16.2% swing gaining over 10,000 more votes from the previous General Election and securing 51% of the vote (27,000).