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 - 378 Responses on “Sheffield Brightside & Hillsborough”
  1. On another place they report that Sheffield Telegraph (paper version) reports that the Labour shortlist is

    Harry Harpham (Sheffield Deputy Leader)
    Leigh Bramall (Sheffield cabinet member)
    Jackie Drayton (Sheffield cabinet member)
    Mike Buckley (Movement for Change community organiser)

  2. I do occasionally stop and wonder who still reads the Sheffield Telegraph. Thanks for the update.

  3. A safe, Sheffield based shortlist with no parachutes. Good call. Bramall and Drayton are councillors in wards that come within the constituency.

  4. Harpham won Labour nomination

  5. He actually sounds pretty decent – the kind of MP that Labour need far more of. Yes, good call.

  6. Forgot to add his website, where I read a bit about him

  7. Easy Labour victory here, but falling back a little with a new candidate, and UKIP taking an easy second. Tories to hold their deposit in third, Lib Dems to lose theirs and will battle the Greens for fourth unless there is a strong independent.

  8. Gordon Brown was campaigning in this constituency today. Bit of an odd choice but a send-off for Blunkett I suppose.

  9. Missing candidate from this list is Maxine Bowler standing for TUSC

  10. Labour Hold. 12,000 majority.

  11. reduced? interesting

  12. I’m presuming the loss of the Blunkett factor might have an impact. Although, of course it will be slight, and this will remain a safe Labour seat.
    The majority could be higher on the day, especially if the Lib Dems collapse. But this may be a seat where the Labour vote is ripe for a bit of short term depressing after many years of buoyancy.

  13. Only just noticed that Harpham is a former miner. Is he the only former miner selected for the first time in this general election? l think Ian Lavery was the only one in 2010.

  14. UKIP will probably take distant second place here. This a large WWC seat and with the Lib Dem vote likely to fall and the Conservative vote non-existent it’s likely to make way for the Kippers.

  15. Hillsborough ward went Lib Dem in 2008 (as I understand on a campaign to keep a local school open) which may have contributed a fair few of the 2010 Lib Dem votes here. Of course George Lindars-Hammond took it back in 2012 on a gargantuan swing.

  16. You could have at least spelled my name correctly, and used my photo and bio from 2010.

  17. Harry Harpham MP has passed away from cancer at the age of 61. This post suggests he may be the final deep coal miner ever to be elected to Parliament. A loss, either way.

  18. Just heard very sad

  19. Very sad news, particularly so soon after having had the honour of being elected to parliament.

  20. This is obviously very sad news, especially so soon in his parliamentary career.

  21. Harry Harham never really had time to make his mark as an MP. Like Andy and Jack, I think this is very sad.

  22. He became well known as Deputy Leader of Sheffield City Council before becoming an MP, so his career in politics was not without achievement.

  23. According to a post on another website, he asked a question at PMQ’s just two weeks ago.

  24. 61 is such a young to pass away. Poor guy

  25. RIP Harry Harpham who died a few days short of his 62nd birthday. Bitterly ironic that he passed away on World Cancer Day. He was a good guy & he will be missed inside & outside his party. Jeremy Corbyn will be putting out a statement mourning Harry’s death shortly.

  26. Will they elect Ken Livingstone here next or George Galloway?

  27. It’s a bit early to be speculating.

  28. Sad news. Condolences to his family.

  29. UKIP probably have somewhat better potential here than in Oldham, though a good second is most likely the best they can hope for.

  30. Deeply saddened by this. Harry was well respected locally and by all accounts a good man. I only met him a couple of times but I know that his loss will be felt keenly in Sheffield and elsewhere.

  31. Sorry, I previously posted this on Ogmore by mistake:

    Including Harpham the last 11 MPs to die in office have all been Labour. Only one Conservative MP has died in office since 2000, Eric Forth in 2006.

  32. Forth’s death was a real freak, he didn’t even know he was ill until a couple of days before. I bumped into him campaigning in the 2006 local elections and he looked right as rain.

    A fair few of Labour’s early deaths reflect the MPs having done manual jobs known to increase cancer risk….Mr Harpham is an example as was the MP for Glenrothes. As manual backgrounds become extinct amongst Labour MPs this will happen less and less.

  33. “Only one Conservative MP has died in office since 2000”

    When did Michael Colvin die? Thought that was 2000

  34. @HH

    You’re quite right. That was the previous Tory death before Eric Forth.

  35. ‘When did Michael Colvin die? Thought that was 2000’

    Not of natural causes though.
    Having said that, neither was Jim Dobbin’s.

  36. In fact only 4 Conservative MPs have died since the 1997 general election, including Michael Shersby just a week after that election.

  37. Yes, three of the four died during Hague’s leadership (Shersby, Colvin and Alan Clark)

    Cameron has been an MP for 15 years and party leader for 11 years, yet only 1 Tory MP has died in office since he has been in the commons. Surely that’s an all time record.

  38. The combination of smoking, drinking and all night sittings probably didn’t do much for the health of MPs in previous decades.

  39. Indeed. A former parliamentary journalist on my MA course is convinced that the Tories will lose their majority at some point through by-elections. But by-elections are much less common these days, especially on the Tory side. Somebody will probably die at some point but the chances of them fighting and losing six by-elections in held seats (enough to eliminate the paper majority, you’d need a few more once Sinn Fein are taken into account) are very slim I’d have thought.

  40. I wouldn’t say it was just ‘bad luck’ – the defections were at least in part a result of poor party management and if the party was more popular they wouldn’t have lost the by-elections – but it was a sequence that is very unlikely to be repeated. Defections to the LDs and LAB seem totally out of the question (though keep an eye on Heidi Allen?).

  41. There’s been a small swing towards the government in the opinion polls since the general election.

  42. There has been very little change at all in the polls since the general election, so far this year they stand at Lab 30.753 Con 38.753. According to a report by Britain Thinks, people they interviewed in marginals up and down Britain; Nuneaton, Watford, Edinburgh, etc. are generally happy how they voted and the result they got. That may change as the economy downturns, people feel as pessimistic about the economy as they did back in 2013. The European Ref. May have some impact as well.

  43. Sad post to comment on.

    The Conservative benches (and SNP’s) are generally younger than Labour’s as so many MP’s are newly elected gaining their seats in 2010 or 2015. Many older Conservatives gave up in the 2000’s as the club lifestyle and commons hours had changed and they saw little prospect of office again.

    Conversely Labour has a higher proportion of older MP’s inhabiting seats that are long term safe, having lost many of the 1997 and 2000’s intakes. It is a problem for Labour’s effectiveness as it was for William Hague, that many of the more senior MP’s feel too important for the mundane job of opposition. It is left to inexperienced new comers.

  44. That’s an entirely different issue. To best honest from what I have seen of raw data there hasn’t been a massive change. What’s changed is weighting.

  45. “It is a problem for Labour’s effectiveness as it was for William Hague, that many of the more senior MP’s feel too important for the mundane job of opposition. It is left to inexperienced new comers.”

    Sorry but Hague’s shadow cabinet was positively Churchillian in experience compared with Corbyn’s.

    Cecil Parkinson, Michael Portillo, Michael Howard, Brian Mawhinney, Peter Lilley, Francis Maude, John Maples, Norman Fowler…all had senior ministerial experience. Pretty sure I could come up with quite a few more if I could be bothered to look them up. Hague’s problem was more that his shadow cabinet was full of has-beens rather than newcomers.

  46. “That’s an entirely different issue.”

    But I was simply pointing out what you said was wrong. The polls have changed since the general election.

    “To best honest from what I have seen of raw data there hasn’t been a massive change. What’s changed is weighting.”

    Maybe the polls have stopped overestimating Labour, maybe they haven’t. It would be dangerous for Labour just to assume that the problem has simply disappeared. I don’t think Corbyn would get 30% in a general election tomorrow.

  47. I agree. That would basically be a 1983 style result with 3-4% lopped off the Tory share by UKIP.

    The main uncertainty for me is whether Labour will face that kind of landslide defeat in 2020 or a modest one more similar to 2015.

  48. Chance for John Booker to make his mark.

  49. You are most certainly right, until we have some measure of how accurate these polls are we have no idea if they are any closer or further away from the real results. I saw one argument which suggested Oldham wasn’t a shock but just inline with current polling. If true Oldham goes to some degree of measuring the accuracy of polls. I feel less that 30 is too low for Labour and 40 is too high for Tories.

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