Sheffield, Brightside & Hillsborough

2015 Result:
Conservative: 4407 (11%)
Labour: 22663 (56.6%)
Lib Dem: 1802 (4.5%)
Green: 1712 (4.3%)
UKIP: 8856 (22.1%)
TUSC: 442 (1.1%)
Others: 171 (0.4%)
MAJORITY: 13807 (34.5%)

Category: Very safe Labour seat

Geography: Yorkshire and the Humber, South Yorkshire. Part of the Sheffield council area.

Main population centres: Sheffield.

Profile: This is the most working class of the Sheffield seats, and generally suffers from the highest levels of unemployment in the city. It is made up mostly of the inter-war and post-war housing estates like the huge Shiregreen and Parson Cross developments. While right-to-buy has reduced the proportion of council homes, over a third of the housing remains in the social sector. The constituency includes Hillsborough stadium, home to Sheffield Wednesday but perhaps more immediately associated with the 1989 stadium disaster.

Politics: A falling electorate in the seat resulted in boundary changes for the 2010 election but while the historic Hillsborough name was retained as part of the new constituency name, this seat is overwhelmingly made up of the old Sheffield Brightside seat. Brightside has been a Labour stronghold since before the second world war, often one of their safest seats in the country. It was previously represented by the left-winger Joan Maynard, once Chair of the Socialist Campaign Group and David Blunkett, once a similarly left-wing figure as leader Sheffield council, but later to serve as Home Secretary under Tony Blair.

Current MP
HARRY HARPHAM (Labour) Educated at Sheffield University. Former Parliamentary researcher and miner. Sheffield councillor since 2000. First elected as MP for Sheffield Brightside & Hillsborough in 2015.
Past Results
Con: 4468 (11%)
Lab: 21400 (55%)
LDem: 7768 (20%)
BNP: 3026 (8%)
Oth: 2252 (6%)
MAJ: 13632 (35%)
Con: 2205 (9%)
Lab: 16876 (69%)
LDem: 3232 (13%)
BNP: 1537 (6%)
Oth: 779 (3%)
MAJ: 13644 (55%)
Con: 2601 (10%)
Lab: 19650 (77%)
LDem: 2238 (9%)
UKIP: 348 (1%)
Oth: 715 (3%)
MAJ: 17049 (67%)
Con: 2850 (8%)
Lab: 24901 (74%)
LDem: 4947 (15%)
Oth: 543 (2%)
MAJ: 19954 (59%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005, name changed from Sheffield, Brightside

2015 Candidates
ELISE DUNWEBER (Conservative) Elmbridge councillor since 2011.
HARRY HARPHAM (Labour) Educated at Sheffield University. Parliamentary researcher and former miner. Sheffield councillor since 2000.
JONATHAN HARTSON (Liberal Democrat)
JOHN BOOKER (UKIP) Sheffield councillor since 2014.
JUSTIN SAXTON (English Democrat)
MAXINE BOWLER (TUSC) Contested Sheffield Central 2005 for Respect, Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough 2010 for TUSC.
Comments - 379 Responses on “Sheffield Brightside & Hillsborough”
  1. Writ moved. By election date is indeed 5th May.

  2. FS – true. Farron’s LibDems now want all-gay and all-disabled shortlists.

    They clearly don’t understand equality.

  3. The Conservative candidate for the by-election is Spencer Pitfield.

  4. Now that the writs have been moved for the by-elections in Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough and in Ogmore, would it be an idea to have by-election threads for these two consitutencies so that we can chat without blocking up the ordinary threads ecessively? Also so that we can lists of the candidates etc.

  5. Final candidate list:

    Gill Furniss – Labour
    Christine Kubo – Green
    Stevie Manion – Yorkshire First
    Shaffaq Mohammed – Liberal Democrat
    Spencer Pitfield – Conservative
    Bobby Smith – Give Me Back Elmo
    Steven Winstone – UKIP

  6. The local election candidate lists are also out. The Lib Dems, Greens and Labour are all standing full slates city-wide. The Conservatives are standing in every ward, but don’t have full slates in all of them – however, they seem to have prioritised this constituency. UKIP are standing in most but not all wards in the city, including all wards in this seat. Yorkshire First have one candidate in the city, not in this seat.

  7. Labour to win, just

  8. Are we starting to see slight recovery for the Lib Dems? From what I can tell they’ve retained their deposit and came third.

    Overall the result here was never in doubt but I didn’t expect Labour share to rise.

  9. At least the other elections means we missed the Oldham-style UKIP surge BS headlines here from Southern journalists who do not understand the North.

  10. They’d have to be pretty clueless to describe this as a UKIP surge, when their vote was down on 2015. Strong result for Labour; they were always going to hold, but managed their highest vote share since the constituency was created in 2010. Particularly poor result for the Conservatives; long weak in the city, their already small vote halved since last year.

  11. I never expected UKIP to win, but I was a bit surprised to see their vote decrease.

    This seat does have what may seem like UKIP-friendly wards such as Southey and Shiregreen & Brightside. Burngreave and Firth Park are highly diverse. Hillsborough ward might have some UKIP appeal, but its relative proximity to the university make it a much more mixed community. Maybe Gill Furniss ran a much more visible campaign.

    Incidentally UKIP’s local representation are in Ecclesfield and Stocksbridge which are civil parishes outside Sheffield proper.

  12. Yes, UKIP were very disappointed at the count (and with the local election results the following day), and Labour were delighted, although I think they had some indication the results would be good, as Tom Watson came up for the by-election result, and Corbyn was straight up the following morning.

    Despite its proximity and decent transport links, the universities have little impact on Hillsborough; it’s not a popular place for students to live (lots of accommodation available closer) or academics (generally prefer leafier areas to the west and southwest of the city). Otherwise, I agree with your summary of the wards.

  13. “Are we starting to see slight recovery for the Lib Dems? From what I can tell they’ve retained their deposit and came third.”

    In Sheffield, yes, this year saw slight improvements for them; they picked up a couple of extra council seats, and their vote share went up a bit both in the council elections and the by-election, where they held their deposit. They are, however, still miles back from where they were pre-coalition, and whether they will ever return remains to be seen.

  14. Hawthorn – ha quite the opposite IMHO.

    Southern journalists – and Labour – all said Labour would easily win the Heywood & Middleton By-election, even at 10pm on the night.

    UKIP increased their % and came 2nd in every By-election in a Labour-held seat in the 2010-2015 Parliament.

    I think they increased their % again in Ogmore.

    In fact you’ve picked the only one where the % fell back slightly on the 2015 surge – and presumably due to Locals being held on the same day, as others have said.

  15. Living in Sheffield I would be cautious about assigning too much recovery to the Lib Dems. They’ve done very well out of some local issues (the council’s plans to replace dead or dangerous trees which plays well with a certain crowd) which have meant they’ve done well in two of the three LD/Lab marginals (Graves Park and Beauchief and Greenhill) but made little progress outside their seven competitive wards.

  16. No doubt they will find another local issue to pick up on at the next elections, and they did make some progress across much of the city, but from a very low base in most of it. Their big problem is where to go next – if they do well, they could pick up the remaining two seats in Crookes & Crosspool ward over the next few years, but they’re not really competitive anywhere else; in wards like West Ecclesfield or Nether Edge where they pick up half-reasonable numbers of votes, they are third behind Labour and another close competitor (UKIP and the Greens respectively).

  17. A former Sheffield City Council Officer has been jailed for 16 years after admitting abusing 4 teenage boys.

    Sheffield City Council have admitted being complicit in that even after the allegations they moved him to an education post working with schools.

    Roger Dodds was in place from 1973 to 1993.

    He was reported in the 1980s, 1990s and in 2008 but unfortunately no action was taken until the victims’ right of review change came in recently.

    Incidentally one of the victims is a UKIP member who states that he was ridiculed and barred from the council chamber when he raised the issue in 2014.

    This may be another reason I wasn’t aware of why UKIP surged into 2nd place and up to 23% in the Locals across Sheffield. It really was a huge advance that they managed to overtake the LDs and Greens – when they were on 0% in 2007-8 – and stand in more wards than the Tories.

  18. I’ve chosen this seat to discuss local campaigning in Sheffield because this is where i live. Phone canvassing tonight. 3 Labour 2 don’t knows rest didn’t pick up.

    Members were calling Walkley. Labour seat with 45 maj over Greens. East Ecclesfield Labour seat came 3rd last year behind Lib Dems and UKIP. Mosborough Labour seat Lib Dems won last year. Stocksbridge UKIP seat Labour won last year.

    Not surprised we’re not canvassing West Ecclesfield. Labour seat but 3rd again behind UKIP and Lib Dems. Same with Crookes and Crosspool. Labour seat but was third last year behind Lib Dems and Greens. Same with any of the seats the Greens won last year. They have stonking majorities

    I am surprised we’re not canvassing Beighton. Labour seat 2nd to Lib Dems last year

  19. Speaking of UKIP, are the Reform Party doing anything in these locals? Outside Lawrence Fox’s doomed mayoral candidacy, I haven’t heard anything.

    Could be some vote-splitting going on in some places? Or will Reform simply fold due to lack of name recognition and Kippers being more established/dug in in their target wards?

  20. UKIP are dead in the water here. The three UKIP cllrs left the party and sat as independents. UKIP brief resurgence wasn’t organised. There’s a large vacancy where UKIP was and anybody could step in really. Lib Dems will be hoping to pick up the anti Labour vote.

    I understand from a mate in Derby UKIP is now Reform and they’re a real threat

  21. Matt, a colleague’s parents recently moved up to Sheffield from London, and now live on Loxley Road. Any idea which ward that would be in? Also, my cousin is a Green councillor in City Ward, but I’ve no idea if he is up for election this year.

  22. It does depend where on Loxley Road. It’s a fairly long road from Hillsborough all the way to Bradfield. The Hillsborough end is unsurprisingly in Hillsborough ward but the Bradfield end is in Stannington.

    I believe Douglas Johnson is the sitting councillor whose seat is up this year in city ward but i could be wrong

  23. Reform UK have been announcing their candidates on Facebook over the last 3 days.

    So far I’ve seen a dozen for the Scottish Parliament, likewise in Wales and London assembly and 20 PCC candidates. So I assume they are concentrating on these to obtain PPBs, rather than the Locals.

    I also see that Galloway has yet another new outfit: the Workers’ Party and they have 50 candidates selected in the Locals so far. But a real odd choice of seats incl Manc Deansgate (the best Tory ward in the city from memory). So perhaps they’re more middle class than they claim, as with the Class War lot in Bristol.

  24. Deansgate ward was only created in 2018 – and the Tories have been pretty far behind as the fourth party on both occasions it has been contested. In fact, the Lib Dems were only 48 votes shy of taking it in 2019. I imagine that without Corbyn and imminent Brexit, the shine will have gone off the Lib Dems in such seats, unless local factors were involved. In fact, looking at the last results from 2019, the Tories struggle to reach a double digit share in most Manchester seats. Their best result was in Brooklands, where they got 17.1% and were second (by a fair distance). The Tories were also second in Crumpsall and Longsight, but miles behind. Brooklands is a more suburban area, I think, on the border with Trafford Borough. The ward of the same name in Trafford actually has two Tory councillors and one Labour. The Tories have had no elected councillors in Manchester since 1996 – the last time any were elected was 1992 (in Brooklands, actually, and Didsbury – one each).

  25. The Lib Dems have taken a hammering in the polls since basically their favourite politician became leader of the Labour Party and stole half their votes. I do think though we’ll see the as Lib Dems do well in May at least in some parts of the country. I’m expecting between 2-5 Lib Dem gains here in Sheffield. I can see them making 2 or 3 gains nack home in St Albans

  26. Lib Dems often do relatively well at locals, because they have the ability to wear whatever ideological clothes are necessary to appease the concerns of local voters.

  27. That’s certainly true here in Sheffield. I imagine they’ll get a chunk of the UKIP vote from last time round in the North of the city and they’ll get tories in the south of the city from the general election. They’re hitting the Labour party hard here clearly trying to get those voters out. The latest is attacking the council for outsourcing leusure services to SIV who own leisure services in other parts of the country. The impression they want is Labour happy to spend Sheffield money elsewhere.

    There’s a surprising number of people who support the change to the committee system in the referendum purely because the question says ‘or do you want to change to…’ that word change appears to resonate. Lib Dems clearly really pushing it

  28. Former UKIP councillor John Booker is standing as a Reform candidate in West Ecclesfield. John was elected in 2014, re-elected in the all outs in 2016 and came second to the Lib Dems in 2019.

    Fairly good candidate for Reform with his history. David Ogle I would have said has more of a personal vote. He did well as an independent in the High Green polling district in 2018 i understand. Interesting to see Reform is basically UKIPs new outfit. I wouldn’t consider them like for like personally. UKIP in the North at least was a social conservative party for ex Labour supporters. Reform appears to be far more of libertarian party in farages image

  29. I was out canvassing today in Hillsborough. We lost the seat in May. We were canvassing just west of the park. It was a fairly mixed picture at first but seemed to get harder as we went on. Finished better.

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