Ronnie Campbell

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Ronnie Campbell
MP
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Member of Parliament
for Blyth Valley
Incumbent
Assumed office
11 June 1987
Preceded by John Ryman
Majority 6,668 (17.3%)
Personal details
Born (1943-08-14) 14 August 1943 (age 70)
Tynemouth, Northumberland, England
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Deirdre McHale
Children 5 sons, 1 daughter
Religion Roman Catholic[1]

Ronald 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 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.

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. 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.

When the government nationalised Northern Rock in 2008, Campbell declared it the People's Bank and opened an account.[2]

In May 2009, during the high-profile MPs expenses scandal, Campbell agreed to give back over £6000 he had claimed for furnishings in his London home.[3] [4]

Personal life[edit]

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.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2013/03/27/catholic-mps-urge-pope-francis-to-allow-ordination-of-married-men/
  2. ^ Hoggart, Simon (2008-02-19). "A cool head in another catastrophe". Guardian. Retrieved 2008-02-24. 
  3. ^ Thompson, Liam. "Ronnie Campbell to repay expenses". News Post Leader. Retrieved 2009-05-18. 
  4. ^ Swaine, Jon (2009-05-13). "Ronnie Campbell agrees to repay £6,000 for furniture at London flat: MPs' expenses". Telegraph. Retrieved 2009-05-18. 
  5. ^ "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
1987–present
Incumbent