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 Blyth Valley
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Ronnie Campbell Labour 20,627 59.7 -4.5
Jeff Reid Liberal Democrat 8,439 24.4 +1.9
Wayne Daley Conservative 5,484 15.9 +2.6
Majority 12,188 35.3
Turnout 34,550 54.6 -14.2
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 3.2% from Labour to Liberal Democrat
Lab-Con (against 1997) 3.5% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Labour has often done well in small and densely populous constituencies and this is certainly true of Blyth Valley, where the party has failed to win only once in the seatís history.

Much of Northumberland is protected by "area of outstanding natural beauty" status, with rugged moorlands, forested hillsides and examples of rare wildlife. Blyth Valley, however, is home to disused collieries, shipyards and a power station providing a stark contrast to the beauty of other parts of the county.

Offshore industries have been attracted to Blyth harbour and the economic outlook is not all bad. The new town of Cramlington, formed from private housing estates, is expanding rapidly, and though its functional appearance brings little relief to the seatís appearance, it is symptomatic of growing confidence in the region.

Ronnie Campbell, a coal miner here before he became the MP in 1987, has the distinction of being the first ever locally born and bred MP for the seat. Mr Campbell worked in the local Bates pit for 27 years before being made redundant a year before becoming an MP.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Blyth Valley
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Ronnie Campbell Labour 27,276 64.2
Andrew Lamb Liberal Democrat 9,540 22.5
Barbara Musgrave Conservative 5,666 13.3
Majority 17,736 41.7
Turnout 42,482 68.8
 
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