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Blyth MP Ronnie Campbell prepares to begin chemotherapy

The Labour politician, who has represented Blyth since 1987, is taking a break from frontline politics as his treatment starts tomorrow.

Mr Campbell says he wants to raise awareness of stomach cancer:

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"Doddery" lords going "gaga" should retire, says MP

Blyth MP Ronnie Campbell Credit: John Stilwell/Press Association Images

Blyth Valley MP Ronnie Campbell has hit out at comments by Lord Howell that parts of the North East are "desolate" and a perfect area for fracking for underground gas.

He said Lord Howell showed why "doddery lords who are going gaga should retire, and the sooner the better."