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)
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 voteIan 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.”
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