Five candidates in each constituency

A total of ten would-be politicians will be vying for two seats in Parliament to represent residents in south east Northumberland.

The candidates have been revealed for the Blyth Valley and Wansbeck constituencies in the general election set for Thursday, May 7.

Each of the three main parties plus The Green Party and UKIP have all put forward candidates in both areas.

There are five candidates for the Blyth Valley constituency, which has been held by Labour’s Ronnie Campbell since he was first elected in 1987 by a majority of only 853 ahead of Rosemary Margaret Brownlow for the Social Democratic Party.

The Blyth Valley candidates are:

Ronnie Campbell, Labour;

Barry William Elliott, UK Independence Party (UKIP);

Dawn Furness, The Green Party;

Philip Ronald Latham, Liberal Democrats;

Greg Alexander Munro, Conservative.

There are also five candidates for the Wansbeck constituency, which was held by Labour’s Ian Lavery, who was elected for the first time at the last election in 2010

The Wansbeck candidates are:

Chris Galley, Conservative;

Tom Hancock, Liberal Democrats;

Chris Hedley, The Green Party;

Melanie Hurst, UK Independence Party (UKIP);

Ian Lavery, Labour.

Ashington Churches Together are inviting constituents to put their questions to the prospective parliamentary candidates for Wansbeck at a Question Time event.

It is at 7.30pm tonignt (Thursday, April 16), at the Josephine Butler Campus of the Northumberland Church of England Academy in Ashington.

Four of the candidates will be in attendance along with a representative for the Green Party.

Meanwhile Blyth councillor Jeff Reid, a former leader of Northumberland County Council, will be making his fourth attempt to win a seat in Parliament.

He is standing for the Lib Dems in Hexham having contested the Blyth Valley seat in 2001, 2005 and 2010.

The Plessey ward councillor finished runner-up on each occasion he stood in the Blyth Valley constituency.

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