A delighted Guy Opperman is looking to build upon his first five years as an MP after being re-elected.
In the Hexham constituency vote, the Conservative candidate increased his majority to 12,031.
He will once again be part of the Government as his party won a slim majority in the House of Commons.
During his victory speech, the 49-year-old thanked his team for their support during the campaign and since 2010, including the ‘bad times in 2011’ when he was diagnosed with a brain tumour after suffering from severe headaches and underwent emergency surgery.
After several months, he made a full recovery and he has spoken of his ‘incredible debt’ to the NHS. He continues to champion the service in Parliament.
Mr Opperman added: “There’s still a lot of work to be done both locally and nationally, but I’m confident that we will do it over the next five years.
“We’re a progressive and aspirational party that believes in cutting the deficit and low taxes, but also strong public services. We will also continue to create more jobs and apprenticeships.
“I will continue to campaign on issues such as fairer funding for schools and the Living Wage.
“I must thank all the other candidates. We all did the hard yards across the constituency and we fought a clean and fair campaign – one that included a well funded Labour party campaign and the Greens with a new approach.
“It has been good for local democracy and everyone involved should be applauded.”
On behalf of all the candidates, he thanked returning officer Angus Taylor and everyone else involved in the count.
Afterwards, he said: “I’m absolutely delighted that the people of the Hexham constituency have put their trust in me.
“It’s a great honour to do this job and I will continue to do everything possible that I can to represent everyone in the constituency.
“I’m optimistic for the next five years. I believe our present is better than our past and our future is better than our present.”