Labour’s Alan Campbell has increased his hold on the Tynemouth seat despite a bad night for the party nationally in the General Election.
Mr Campbell, who has held the seat since 1997, was re-elected with 25,791 votes as he increased his majority to more than 8,000, picking up 48 per cent of the share of the vote.
In a similar picture to that seen on the national stage, the Liberal Democrats slipped from third to last with less than three per cent of the vote – losing their deposit in the process.
After the results had been announced, Mr Campbell was delighted to be re-elected but admitted it had been an exhausting and challenging campaign.
He also admitted it had been a difficult night for Labout nationally and was concerned at the number of seats the Party lost in Scotland.
Conservative candidate Glenn Hall said it had been a privilege to run for Parliament but was disappointed for the party in both Tynemouth and North Tyneside, although admitted the national story had been a great success.
UKIP had the biggest gain on the night with candidate Gary Legg seeing the party’s share of the vote increase from 1.7 per cent in 2010 to 12 per cent.
The full results:
Alan Campbell (Labour) 25,791
Julia Anne Erskine (Green) 2,017
Glenn Anthony Hall (Conservative) 17,551
Gary Matthew Legg (UKIP) 6,541
John Paton-Day (Liberal Democrat) 1,595
Total votes counted – 53,495
Turnout 69 per cent