Jeremy Corbyn has announced six further appointments to Labour's shadow cabinet, including Darlington MP Jenny Chapman and Middlesbrough MP Andy McDonald.
- Defence: Kate Hollern MP
- Education: Jenny Chapman MP
- Justice: Jo Stevens MP
- Transport: Andy McDonald MP
- Work and Pensions: Angela Rayner MP
- Foreign: Fabian Hamilton MP
The MP for Durham North has quit Labour's front bench, because he disagrees with leader Jeremy Corby's views on Britain nuclear deterrent.
Kevan Jones MP wrote a letter to Mr Corbyn explaining why he thought he had to step down. He then published a copy of the letter on Twitter.
Kevan Jones has served the Labour Party as a defence minister, and as a shadow defence minister in opposition.
He believes that Britain needs a nuclear deterrent, while his leader, Jeremy Corbyn, opposes the renewal of Britain’s Trident nuclear weapons system.
Here is a transcript of his letter of resignation in full:
Kevan Jones, the Labour MP for North Durham, is standing down as shadow defence minister.
In a statement he said he strongly disagreed with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on scrapping the Trident nuclear defence programme.
Kevan Jones has been MP for North Durham since 2001.
In October 2008 he was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and Minister for Veterans at the Ministry of Defence.
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 Act 2014.
The director of a mental health campaign has criticised Ken Livingstone for suggesting Kevan Jones MP should get psychiatric help.
Time To Change is run by charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness:
MPs raised concerns about the decision to put Ken Livingstone at the top of a policy commission on defence issues alongside shadow defence secretary Maria Eagle.
Mr Livingstone hit back at criticism from Durham North MP Kevan Jones, who revealed his struggle with depression three years ago, telling the Mirror newspaper he should 'pop off' to see his GP.
"I think he might need some psychiatric help. He's obviously very depressed and disturbed," the newspaper reports him saying.
Mr Jones said the comments reinforced the stigma about mental illness. He told the newspaper: "I find these comments gravely offensive, not just personally but also to the many thousands who suffer from mental illness.'
Jeremy Corbyn has called for an apology to be issued.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has told Ken Livingstone to apologise after he suggested shadow defence minister Kevan Jones should seek 'psychiatric' help.
The former London mayor branded the MP, who has suffered from depression, 'disturbed' as a bitter row over Labour's defence policy erupted.
Kevan Jones has denounced claims that he might need 'psychiatric help' as 'gravely offensive'. The comments were made by the former Labour Mayor of London Ken Livingstone, who has just been appointed to co-chair a review of the party's defence policy.
Mr Livingstone is reported to have said that the Durham North MP should 'see his GP' after Mr Jones, who has previously publicly spoken of his depression, questioned whether or not Mr Livingstone was the right person to help lead the review.
This morning Kevan Jones told ITV News Tyne Tees that "to use mental illness to attack somebody is completely unacceptable and gravely offensive". The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has released a statement calling on Mr Livingston to apologise.