Ronnie Campbell

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Ronnie Campbell

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Member of Parliament
for Blyth Valley
Assumed office
11 June 1987
Preceded by John Ryman
Majority 7,915 (18.6%)
Personal details
Born (1943-08-14) 14 August 1943 (age 75)
Tynemouth, Northumberland, England
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Deirdre McHale
Children 6 (5 sons, 1 daughter)

Ronald Campbell MP (born 14 August 1943) is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Blyth Valley since the 1987 general election.

Early life

Campbell was born in Tynemouth, and grew up with seven siblings. He attended Blyth Ridley County High School, a secondary modern, and left school at 14 to become a coal miner. Before entering parliament he was a district councillor on Blyth Valley Borough Council from 1969 and a lay official of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM). He was a miner from 1958–86. Campbell led picket lines in the 1984–85 miners' strike and was arrested twice.[2]

Parliamentary career

Campbell was first elected as an MP for Blyth Valley at the 1987 general election with a majority of 853 votes, and has often voted against the government on issues such as the Iraq War. He is an outspoken socialist. When the government nationalised Northern Rock in 2008, Campbell declared it "the People's Bank" and opened an account.[3]

In May 2009, during the high-profile MPs expenses scandal, Campbell agreed to return over £6,000 he had claimed for furnishings in his London home.[4][5]

In 2013, Campbell was one of 22 Labour MPs to vote against same-sex marriage, out of 255.[6]

Upon re-election in May 2015, Campbell announced that he would stand down at the next general election, although this did not materialise.[7]

Campbell was one of 36 Labour MPs to nominate Jeremy Corbyn as a candidate in the Labour leadership election of 2015[8] and one of a handful of Labour MPs to publicly support leaving the European Union.[9]

Campbell was one of 13 MPs to vote against triggering the 2017 general election.[10] Having previously said he would stand down at the next election, he changed his mind stating: "It was my intention to stand down at the next general election, however due to circumstances following the announcement of the snap election I have decided to stand again for Blyth Valley.".[11]

Personal life

He married Deirdre McHale in 1967, who serves on Northumberland County Council. They have five sons, including a set of twins, and one daughter. Whilst serving as an MP he had a reunion with a half-brother he had not known due to the latter's adoption.[12]

In September 2016 Campbell underwent chemotherapy after being diagnosed with stomach cancer.[13] He returned to Parliament on 30 November 2016 and was welcomed back during Prime Minister's Questions.[14]


  1. ^ "Signatory to letter by Catholic MPs to Pope Francis re ordination of married men". Catholic Herald. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  2. ^ Kelly-Jou, Mike. "North East MPs reveal their roles in the great miners' strike". North East Chronicle. Retrieved 20 March 2015.
  3. ^ Hoggart, Simon (19 February 2008). "A cool head in another catastrophe". Guardian. Retrieved 24 February 2008.
  4. ^ Thompson, Liam. "Ronnie Campbell to repay expenses". News Post Leader. Retrieved 18 May 2009.
  5. ^ Swaine, Jon (13 May 2009). "Ronnie Campbell agrees to repay £6,000 for furniture at London flat: MPs' expenses". Telegraph. Retrieved 18 May 2009.
  6. ^ Conal Urquhart. "How did your MP vote on the gay marriage bill? | Society". Retrieved 23 March 2017.
  7. ^ Tegan Chapman Email (8 May 2015). "Labour's Ronnie Campbell delighted with election win – his final one". News Post Leader. Retrieved 23 March 2017.
  8. ^ 36 Labour MPs nominate Jeremy Corbyn,, June 2015; accessed 8 September 2015.
  9. ^ "EU referendum: Full list of MPs backing a Brexit vote at the historic ballot". 18 February 2016. Retrieved 3 July 2016.
  10. ^ "The 13 MPs who opposed snap general election". BBC News. British Broadcasting Corporation. 20 April 2017. Retrieved 20 April 2017.
  11. ^ Walker, Jonathan (20 April 2017). "Ronnie Campbell votes against early General Election - but makes his own U-turn to stand again". Evening Chronicle. Retrieved 19 April 2017.
  12. ^ "A tale of two brothers". Inside Out – North East and Cumbria. BBC. Retrieved 17 October 2011.
  13. ^ "Blyth MP Ronnie Campbell's stomach cancer diagnosis". ITV News. 14 September 2016. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  14. ^ John BercowSpeaker (30 November 2016). "Oral Answers: Prime Minister: Engagements". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). 617. House of Commons. col. 1519.

External links

  • Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom
  • Contributions in Parliament at Hansard 2010–present
  • Contributions in Parliament during 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 at Hansard Archives
  • Contributions in Parliament at Hansard 1803–2005
  • Voting record at Public Whip
  • Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou
  • Guardian Unlimited Politics – Ask Aristotle: Ronnie Campbell MP
  • Meeting his unknown brother in 2006
  • BBC Politics
  • Appearances on C-SPAN

News items

  • Northumberland County Council with £11m in Lehman Brothers in October 2008
  • Hairdresser in Cumbria with the same name gets his emails in November 2003
  • His son in the Royal Marines in March 2003
  • Cleared of assault in May 2002
  • Shoplifter given £10,000 trial over 92p tin of spaghetti bolognese in May 2002
  • Suspended from the Commons in March 1998
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Ryman
Member of Parliament for Blyth Valley
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