Labour’s Ian Lavery ‘honoured’ to be re-elected as Wansbeck MP

Ian Lavery said he was “honoured and privileged” to retain his position as MP for the Wansbeck constituency.

Despite the national disappointment for the Labour Party, he increased his majority to 10,881 – getting 50 per cent of the votes cast.

Ian Lavery gives his acceptance speech after winning the Wansbeck seat at the General Election. Picture by John Tuttiett

Ian Lavery gives his acceptance speech after winning the Wansbeck seat at the General Election. Picture by John Tuttiett

Conservative candidate Chris Galley was second with 8,386 votes, ahead of the UKIP representative, Melanie Hurst who got 7,014 votes.

Just as with the national picture, the Liberal Democrats were the biggest losers as they slipped from 10,517 votes in 2010 to just 2,407.

Green candidate Chris Hedley was fifth.

Speaking after the results had been announced, he said he was delighted to have secured 50 per cent of the votes cast.

It is an absolute honour to be re-elected by an increased majority and getting 50 per cent of the vote

Ian Lavery, Wansbeck MP

Mr Lavery said: “It is an absolute honour to be re-elected by an increased majority and getting 50 per cent of the vote.

“It’s fantastic to represent Wansbeck.

“I’ll represent every single person regardless of their political persuasion. I’ll stand up for everybody and I will shout loud on behalf of my constituents because they are certainly the best.

“My thanks go to the voters for giving me this huge honour.”

He added: “Last night’s results nationally were disappointing for the Labour party. It will be strange to see how things pan out.”

Conservative candidate Chris Galley was delighted to achieve his aim of coming second, benefitting from the Party’s success nationally.

He saw the Tories increase its share of the vote from 17.5 per cent in 2010 to 22 per cent this time around

Speaking to the News Post Leader, Mr Galley said: “I’m very pleased with our results, the best since 1992 in Wansbeck.

“I’m glad we’ve established ourselves as the second party in the constituency.

“It gives us something to build on. We’ve done well, particularly in Bedlington, and there is a message there to the parties that when people make a noise, they will be heard.”

UKIP were the biggest winners at the election as they increased their share of the vote from 2.5 per cent to 18 per cent.

But candidate Melanie Hurst had been hopeful of securing second place but was left disappointed to finish behind the Conservatives.

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

Total votes: 38,596

Turnout – 63.6 per cent