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 - 383 Responses on “Sheffield Brightside & Hillsborough”
  1. I’m sure this will happen alongside the local elections, which makes sense for maximising turnout and is therefore probably of benefit to Labour. They’re not going to lose it, anyway, so it doesn’t matter too much, but it would be a mistake to wait until the referendum as such different issues are at play there (and, from a Labour point of view, it would doubtless boost the UKIP share).

    I expect the Conservative share will probably drop a bit more as it’s clear that UKIP are the main opposition to Labour, not just in this by-election but also in the local council seats. If the recent infighting in the party continues, this could intensify (and I’m sure there will be interest as to whether the candidate they eventually select is in favour of leaving or staying). Another problem for the party is that they are unlikely to find enough candidates to stand a full slate in each ward. However, given they are starting from such a low base, and that, despite this, in 2015, they managed more than 5% in each ward, I can’t see them losing their deposit.

    The Lib Dems must be a long shot to hold their deposit, though I suppose if their candidate is the only one who is a Muslim, he may take some extra votes for that reason. Not sure whether they will manage full slates of candidates; if not, that won’t help.

    I wouldn’t give the Greens much chance of holding their deposit, either. 2015 was a high point for them locally, and it will be tough to improve on it. Although they will be standing full slates of candidates, their target wards are all elsewhere in the city.

  2. It is not all right for ethnic minority candidates to be racist, to discriminate on religious grounds or to ignore sexual equality legiclatation.

    And it is not all right for one of the larger parties to discriminate positively in favour of a candidate from a particular ethnic group in order to gain votes. from a racist clique.

  3. Writ moved. By election date is indeed 5th May.

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

    They clearly don’t understand equality.

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. Labour to win, just

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. “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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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).

  19. 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.

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