Blyth Valley (UK Parliament constituency)

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This article is about the Parliamentary constituency. For the former local government district of the same name, see Blyth Valley.
Blyth Valley
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Blyth Valley in Northumberland.
Outline map
Location of Northumberland within England.
County Northumberland
Electorate 63,173 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Blyth, Cramlington, Seaton Delaval
Current constituency
Created 1950
Member of Parliament Ronnie Campbell (Labour)
Number of members One
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency North East England

Blyth Valley (formerly known as Blyth) is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 1987 by Ronnie Campbell of the Labour Party.[n 2]

History[edit]

The constituency was established in 1950 as "Blyth", and renamed in 1983.

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency is based around the former borough of Blyth Valley, with Blyth as its main town.

Boundary review[edit]

Following their review of parliamentary representation in Northumberland, the Boundary Commission for England has made only minor changes to the existing constituencies in the region. Blyth Valley remains co-terminous with the boundaries of the former borough of the same name.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Event Member[2] Party
1950 Alfred Robens Labour
1960 by-election Eddie Milne Labour
Feb 1974 Independent
Oct 1974 John Ryman Labour
1987 Ronnie Campbell Labour

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2010: Blyth Valley[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ronnie Campbell 17,156 44.5 −10.5
Liberal Democrat Jeff Reid 10,488 27.2 −3.9
Conservative Barry Flux 6,412 16.6 +2.7
BNP Steve Fairbairn 1,699 4.4 +4.4
UKIP Jim Condon 1,665 4.3 +4.3
Independent Barry Elliott 819 2.1 +2.1
English Democrats Allan White 327 0.8 +0.8
Majority 6,668 17.3
Turnout 38,566 60.0 +3.8
Labour hold Swing -3.3%

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Blyth Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ronnie Campbell 19,659 55.0 −4.7
Liberal Democrat Jeffrey Reid 11,132 31.1 +6.7
Conservative Michael Windridge 4,982 13.9 −2.0
Majority 8,527 23.8 −11.5
Turnout 35,773 56.2 +1.5
Labour hold Swing -5.7
General Election 2001: Blyth Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ronnie Campbell 20,627 59.7 −4.5
Liberal Democrat Jeff Reid 8,439 24.4 +2.0
Conservative Wayne Daley 5,484 15.9 +2.5
Majority 12,188 35.3 −6.5
Turnout 34,550 54.7 −14.1
Labour hold Swing +3.2

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Blyth Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ronnie Campbell 27,276 64.2 +14.3
Liberal Democrat Andrew Lamb 9,540 22.5 −11.0
Conservative Barbara Musgrave 5,666 13.3 −2.3
Majority 17,736 41.8 25.4
Turnout 42,482 68.8 −12.0
Labour hold Swing +12.7
General Election 1992: Blyth Valley[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ronnie Campbell 24,542 49.9 +7.4
Liberal Democrat Peter M. Tracey 16,498 33.5 −7.1
Conservative Michael J. Revell 7,691 15.6 −1.3
Green Stephen P. Tyley 470 1.0 +1.0
Majority 8,044 16.3 +14.5
Turnout 49,201 80.7 +2.6
Labour hold Swing +7.3

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Blyth Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ronnie Campbell 19,604 42.5 +3.0
Social Democrat R.M. Brownlow 18,751 40.6 +8.8
Conservative R. Kinghorn 7,823 16.9 −10.9
Majority 853 1.9 −5.8
Turnout 46,178 78.1 +5.3
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1983: Blyth Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Ryman 16,583 39.5 −0.6
Social Democrat R.M. Brownlow 13,340 31.8 +31.8
Conservative A. Hargreaves 11,657 27.8 +5.0
Independent S. Robinson 406 0.9 +0.9
Majority 3,243 7.7 −3.6
Turnout 41,986 72.8 −5.5
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Blyth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Ryman 25,047 40.1 +3.4
Independent Labour Eddie Milne 17,987 28.8 −7.8
Conservative E. Nicholson 14,194 22.8 +10.9
Liberal D. Parkin 5,176 8.29 −6.5
Majority 7,060 11.3 +11.2
Turnout 62,404 78.3 -4.0
Labour hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Blyth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Ryman 20,308 36.7
Independent Labour Eddie Milne 20,230 36.6
Liberal John Shipley 8,177 14.8
Conservative B. Griffiths 6,590 11.9
Majority 78 0.1
Turnout 55,305 74.3
Labour gain from Independent Labour Swing
General Election February 1974: Blyth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Labour Eddie Milne 22,918 38.9
Labour Ivor Richard 16,778 28.5
Liberal John Shipley 10,214 17.4
Conservative B. Griffiths 8,888 15.1
Majority 6,140 10.4
Turnout 58,798 79.5
Independent Labour gain from Labour Swing
General Election 1970: Blyth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Eddie Milne 36,118 74.2
Conservative A.J. Blackburn 12,550 25.8
Majority 23,568 48.4
Turnout 48,668 71.6
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Blyth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Eddie Milne 36,493 78.2
Conservative W.J. Prime 10,179 21.8
Majority 26,314 56.4
Turnout 46,672 74.4
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1964: Blyth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Eddie Milne 37,336 75.9
Conservative G.P. Davidson 11,832 24.1
Majority 25,504 51.9
Turnout 49,168 78.3
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Blyth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alfred Robens 38,616 74.6
Conservative D.M. Walter 13,122 25.4
Majority 25,494 49.3
Turnout 51,738 82.7
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1955: Blyth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alfred Robens 36,522 73.1
Conservative Nicholas Ridley 13,429 26.9
Majority 23,093 46.2
Turnout 49,951 80.3
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1951: Blyth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alfred Robens 39,823 73.7 -1.0
Conservative G. Peters 14,184 26.3 0.9
Majority 25,693 47.5 −1.8
Turnout 54,007 86.25 -0.72
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1950: Blyth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alfred Robens 40,245 74.7 N/A
Conservative L.J. Amos 13,665 25.4 N/A
Majority 26,580 49.3 N/A
Turnout 53,910 86.97 N/A
Labour win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ A county constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
  2. ^ As with all constituencies, the constituency elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election at least every five years.
References
  1. ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "B" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
  3. ^ http://www.northumberland.gov.uk/Default.aspx?page=7549
  4. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06. 

Sources[edit]

Coordinates: 55°07′37″N 1°31′23″W / 55.127°N 1.523°W / 55.127; -1.523