Labour’s Ian Lavery returned in Wansbeck constituency

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Ian Lavery has retained his position as MP for the Wansbeck constituency.

Despite the national disappointment for his party, he increased his majority to 10,881, 28.2 per cent.

Conservative candidate Chris Galley was second with 8,386 votes, ahead of the UKIP representative, Melanie Hurst.

Liberal Democrat Tom Hancock was fourth with Green Chris Hedley fifth.

Mr Lavery was defending the seat he won in 2010 with an 18.4 per cent (7,031) majority.

The Wansbeck constituency has been a Labour stronghold since Alfred Robens saw off serving Conservative MP Robert Scott in the 1945 General Election.

Scott had only held the seat for one term of office after being unopposed in a 1940 by-election. Previous to that, Tory Bernard Cruddas was the MP from 1931.

Wansbeck result

Ian Lavery, Labour, 19,267

Chris Galley, Conservative, 8,386

Melanie Hurst, UKIP, 7,014

Tom Hancock, Liberal Democrat, 2,407

Chris Hedley, Green Party, 1,454