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 9,229 (24%)
Personal details
Born (1943-08-14) 14 August 1943 (age 71)
Tynemouth, Northumberland, England
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Deirdre McHale
Children 6 (5 sons, 1 daughter)
Religion Roman Catholic[1]

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

Early life[edit]

He was born in Tynemouth, and grew up with seven siblings. He attended Blyth Ridley County High School at the Wayback Machine (archived 21 June 2007) (a secondary modern school, which eventually merged with Tynedale High School in 2000 to become Blyth Community College) on Sixth Avenue in Blyth 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 claims to have played a high-profile role in leading picket lines during the 1984–85 miners' strike, during which he was arrested twice.[2]

Parliamentary career[edit]

He has been an MP since 1987 when he won his seat by 856 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 give back over £6,000 he had claimed for furnishings in his London home.[4][5]

Personal life[edit]

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 brother he had not known due to the latter's adoption.[6]


  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. ^ "A tale of two brothers". Inside Out – North East and Cumbria. BBC. Retrieved 17 October 2011. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Ryman
Member of Parliament for Blyth Valley