A COUNTY councillor from Tynedale is seeking to be elected as the MP for a North-East constituency outside Northumberland.

Nick Oliver, who represents Corbridge on Northumberland County Council, announced on Monday evening he would contest the Jarrow seat for the Conservative party.

While the seat has been Labour since 1935, Mr Oliver was confident he could sway constituents to vote blue.

During the campaign trail until the election on December 12, Mr Oliver insisted he would not neglect his county council obligations for the parish of Corbridge.

He said: “I’m delighted to have been asked to stand in this important general election.

“The people of Jarrow have been represented by Labour for 84 years and they deserve better.

“It’s going to be a busy few weeks but council work in Corbridge will continue and I’m getting lots of support from friends and colleagues.”