Sheffield, Heeley

2015 Result:
Conservative: 6792 (16.2%)
Labour: 20269 (48.2%)
Lib Dem: 4746 (11.3%)
Green: 2566 (6.1%)
UKIP: 7315 (17.4%)
TUSC: 238 (0.6%)
Others: 122 (0.3%)
MAJORITY: 12954 (30.8%)

Category: Very safe Labour seat

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

Main population centres: Sheffield.

Profile: The south-west of Sheffield, running from middle class outskirts through large post-war council estates of the Gleadless valley and in towards central Sheffield.

Politics: This was once a marginal between Labour and the Conservatives, but on present boundaries is a solid Labour seat..


Current MP
LOUISE HAIGH (Labour) First elected as MP for Sheffield Heeley in 2015.
Past Results
2010
Con: 7081 (17%)
Lab: 17409 (43%)
LDem: 11602 (28%)
BNP: 2260 (6%)
Oth: 2519 (6%)
MAJ: 5807 (14%)
2005*
Con: 4987 (15%)
Lab: 18405 (54%)
LDem: 7035 (21%)
BNP: 1314 (4%)
Oth: 2352 (7%)
MAJ: 11370 (33%)
2001
Con: 4864 (14%)
Lab: 19452 (57%)
LDem: 7748 (23%)
GRN: 774 (2%)
Oth: 1301 (4%)
MAJ: 11704 (34%)
1997
Con: 6767 (16%)
Lab: 26274 (61%)
LDem: 9196 (21%)
MAJ: 17078 (39%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

Demographics
2015 Candidates
STEPHEN CASTENS (Conservative)
LOUISE HAIGH (Labour)
SIMON CLEMENT-JONES (Liberal Democrat) Managing director. Contested Sheffield Heeley 2010.
HOWARD DENBY (UKIP)
RITA WILCOX (Green)
DAVID HASLETT (English Democrat)
ALAN MUNRO (TUSC)
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Comments - 68 Responses on “Sheffield Heeley”
  1. Thanks, Barnaby – I frequently read the site as there are some excellent contributions (not least your own) but haven’t posted in a while due to having less free time – I hope to engage a bit around the election again, though.

  2. Labour Hold. 10,000 majority.

  3. Be interesting to see what the UKIP vote is here. Contrary to what I said earlier they could pinch second place ahead of the Lib Dems, Tories and Greens.

  4. I think Lib Dems are pretty assured of second. They will do relatively well in Graves Park/Beauchief and Greenhill.

  5. Labour recovered well here with a 13,000 majority and a new MP. Meg Munn’s majority declined pretty steeply in 2010.

    UKIP polled some credible (albeit distant) second place results in the more working class Sheffield seats. In Heeley it was a bit lower, but South East and Brightside & Hillsborough were just over 20%. They were fairly neck and neck with the Tories in Penistone & Stocksbridge.

  6. Louise Haigh was very credible and she had a lot of Lib Dem votes to soak up.

    Lib Dems held Graves Park on the council but lost Beauchief and Greenhill to Labour – although it still has one Lib Dem councillor.

    Graves Park is the only Lib Dem dominated ward left outside Hallam constituency – although how the all-out council elections next year will affect things we don’t know. I personally expect Crookes to go three for three Labour or 2 Lab, 1 Grn.

  7. Living in this constituency, I just felt UKIP would get a decent vote.

  8. Louise Haigh was just on BBC Question Time.

    Truly awful IMHO, but her shouty Leftyness will no doubt go down well with the twitterati.

    Almost all panellists took a kicking on immigration and grammar schools. The audience being anti and pro respectively, perhaps not surprisingly in Dover.

  9. A long way to go from Heeley to Dover. There was some excitement on our SLS group chat at her appearing. I’ll have to catch up on it tomorrow.

  10. I thought she did okay to be honest, though she did have the luxury of representing the “nice party”, particularly when it came to discussing the refugee crisis – it’s an emotive issue where pragmatism can play second fiddle to the human instinct for compassion. Also, in general I feel it is possible for members of the Labour Party to be quite authentic at the moment, because everybody knows the divides in the party anyway and so MPs can speak their minds a lot more compared to the ruthlessly (and tediously) straightjacketed “long-term economic plan” Tories.

  11. I’ve commented on the general migrant/refugee crisis on another thread so won’t repeat myself, but in general I think the left do have a free run on this – it’s the easiest thing to say “these people are human beings etc” “we must do everything” when you’re not the one actually having to take decisions and handle the crisis. It’s easy to put on “you are welcome t-shirts” etc. when you have no responsibility or accountability.

    Even taking my political persuasion into account, I thought Louise Haigh was pretty dreadful, sanctimonious, meretricious and lightweight. Labour are in trouble if she’s even a junior member of the shadow cabinet.

  12. Just flip it back round: let’s take a billion new people in because they’re human. We can cancel all routine not life threatening operations, make 20000 nurses redundant, increase.tuition fees to £20000, up class sizes to 40, cancel all public sector pay rises for 15 years and abandon all infrastructure projects to pay for it. Small beans to help human beings

  13. Or of course we could.just push the big red button that instantly closes.all tax loopholes which will bring in unlimited funds

  14. If the audience was in any way representative, about 85% of the people of Dover are to the left of Labour.

    I’m beginning to wonder if QT is some right wing conspiracy to get Middle England throwing bricks at their telly, though unlikely given how few people watch it nowadays.

    Simon Schama must rank as one of the very worst panellists ever, and that is up against some stiff competition. Not only does he talk complete crap, he does so with his arms and head flailing all over the place like he’s in the advanced stages of Parkinsons disease. How he ever got to be a distinguished history professor I’ll never know.

  15. There has been recently, as often, much discussion on the Sheffield Central and Sheffield Hallam recently threads about student voting.

    It is perhpas worth pointng out that there is a huge rift in Sheffield between the Centre and West of the city, which are stuffed with two large universities, and the East, which whilst much in need of economic redevelopment has remarkably little to do with higher education.

  16. Interesting contrast between the general and local election results in this constituency.

    Local:

    Lab 18,181
    LD 8,140
    UKIP 6,409
    Con 4,888
    Green 3,990
    TUSC 700

    General:

    Lab 20,269
    UKIP 7,315
    Con 6,792
    LD 4,746
    Green 2,566
    TUSC 238
    ED 122

  17. I think some UKIP and Con supporters voted LD in the locals on an anti-Labour basis. The Conservatives in particular are nowhere in the locals, while two of the wards are close between Labour and the Lib Dems.

  18. Bill Michie, Labour MP for this constituency from 1983 to 2001, has sadly died.

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