|Member of Parliament
for Blyth Valley
11 June 1987
|Preceded by||John Ryman|
14 August 1943 |
Tynemouth, Tyne and Wear, England
|Children||5 sons, 1 daughter|
He grew up in a family of eight brothers and sisters. He attended Blyth Ridley County High School (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.
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. After a succession of MPs: Alfred Robens (1950–1960), the deselected but well liked in some quarters Eddie Milne (MP 1960–1974), and the disgraced John Ryman who was perceived as remote, controversial and distant from the community, Campbell has been associated with the regeneration of the former borough of Blyth Valley. He is an outspoken socialist.
Campbell has a notable port wine birthmark on his right cheek. Ronnie 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 happy reunion with a brother he was previously unaware of that had been adopted.
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- "A tale of two brothers". Inside Out - North East and Cumbria. BBC. Retrieved 17 October 2011.
- Guardian Unlimited Politics - Ask Aristotle: Ronnie Campbell MP
- TheyWorkForYou.com - Ronnie Campbell MP
- The Public Whip - Ronnie Campbell MP voting record
- Meeting his unknown brother in 2006
- BBC Politics
- 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|
|Member of Parliament for Blyth Valley