Ronnie Campbell

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Ronnie Campbell

MP
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Member of Parliament
for Blyth Valley
Assumed office
11 June 1987
Preceded by John Ryman
Majority7,915 (18.6%)
Personal details
Born (1943-08-14) 14 August 1943 (age 76)
Tynemouth, Northumberland, England
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Spouse(s)Deirdre McHale
Children6 (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.

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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. [1]

Tynemouth town and a historic borough in Tyne & Wear, England

Tynemouth is a town and a historic borough in Tyne and Wear, England at the mouth of the River Tyne, 8 miles (13 km) east-northeast of Newcastle upon Tyne. Historically part of Northumberland, the modern town of Tynemouth includes North Shields and Cullercoats and had a population of 67,519 in 2011. It is administered as part of the borough of North Tyneside, but until 1974 was an independent county borough, which included North Shields. It had a population of 17,056 in 2001. The population of the Tynemouth ward of North Tyneside was 10,472 at the 2011 Census.

A secondary modern school is a type of secondary school that existed throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland from 1944 until the 1970s under the Tripartite System. Schools of this type continue in Northern Ireland, where they are usually referred to as secondary schools, and in areas of England, such as Buckinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Wirral,(where they are called high schools).

National Union of Mineworkers (Great Britain) trade union for coal miners in the United Kingdom

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is a trade union for coal miners in Great Britain, formed in 1945 from the Miners' Federation of Great Britain (MFGB). The NUM took part in three national miners' strikes, in 1972, 1974 and 1984–85. After the 1984–85 strike and the subsequent closure of most of Britain's coal mines, it became a much smaller union. It had around 170,000 members when Arthur Scargill became leader in 1981, a figure which had fallen in 2015 to an active membership of around 100.

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. [2]

Blyth Valley (UK Parliament constituency) Parliamentary constituency in the United Kingdom, 1950 onwards

Blyth Valley is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 1987 by Ronnie Campbell of the Labour Party.

1987 United Kingdom general election election for members of the British House of Commons

The 1987 United Kingdom general election was held on Thursday, 11 June 1987, to elect 650 members to the House of Commons of the United Kingdom. The election was the third consecutive general election victory for the Conservative Party, and second landslide under the leadership of Margaret Thatcher, who became the first Prime Minister since the Earl of Liverpool in 1820 to lead a party into three successive electoral victories.

Iraq War War which started on 20 March 2003, based in Iraq

The Iraq War was a protracted armed conflict that began in 2003 with the invasion of Iraq by a United States-led coalition that overthrew the government of Saddam Hussein. The conflict continued for much of the next decade as an insurgency emerged to oppose the occupying forces and the post-invasion Iraqi government. An estimated 151,000 to 600,000 or more Iraqis were killed in the first three to four years of conflict. In 2009, official US troops were withdrawn, but American soldiers continued to remain on the ground fighting in Iraq, hired by defence contractors and private military companies. The U.S. became re-involved in 2014 at the head of a new coalition; the insurgency and many dimensions of the civil armed conflict continue. The invasion occurred as part of a declared war against international terrorism and its sponsors under the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush following the unrelated September 11 terrorist attacks.

In May 2009, during the high-profile MPs expenses scandal, Campbell agreed to return over £6,000 of the £87,729 he had claimed for furnishings in his London home. [3] [4] [5]

Campbell voted for Andy Burnham in the 2010 Labour Party leadership election after the resignation of Gordon Brown. He was critical of Ed Miliband's leadership of the Labour Party, referring to him as a "right winger". [6] In 2013, he was one of 22 Labour MPs to vote against same-sex marriage, out of 255. [7]

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Upon re-election in May 2015, Campbell announced that he would stand down at the next general election, although this did not materialise. [8]

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Campbell was one of 36 Labour MPs to nominate Jeremy Corbyn as a candidate in the Labour leadership election of 2015 [9] and one of a handful of Labour MPs to publicly support leaving the European Union. [10] Campbell continued to support Brexit, and to vote against attempts to delay it, in subsequent parliamentary votes. He justified this by noting that 'I am a leaver, and I always have been. MPs are elected, unlike the EU bureaucrats, and if people don't like how MPs vote then they can get rid of us and that's how it should work.' [11]

Campbell was one of 13 MPs to vote against triggering the 2017 general election. [12] 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.". [13]

Personal life

Campbell 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. [14]

In September 2016, Campbell underwent chemotherapy after being diagnosed with stomach cancer. [15] He returned to Parliament on 30 November 2016 and was welcomed back during Prime Minister's Questions. [16]

His interests include horse racing. [17]

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Ryman
Member of Parliament for Blyth Valley
1987–present
Incumbent