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Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough

2010 Results:
Conservative: 4468 (11.48%)
Labour: 21400 (54.99%)
Liberal Democrat: 7768 (19.96%)
BNP: 3026 (7.78%)
UKIP: 1596 (4.1%)
TUSC: 656 (1.69%)
Majority: 13632 (35.03%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Labour: 23033 (67.5%)
Liberal Democrat: 4746 (13.9%)
Conservative: 3109 (9.1%)
Other: 3231 (9.5%)
Majority: 18286 (53.6%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 2205 (9%)
Labour: 16876 (68.5%)
Liberal Democrat: 3232 (13.1%)
BNP: 1537 (6.2%)
UKIP: 779 (3.2%)
Majority: 13644 (55.4%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 2601 (10.2%)
Labour: 19650 (76.9%)
Liberal Democrat: 2238 (8.8%)
UKIP: 348 (1.4%)
Other: 715 (2.8%)
Majority: 17049 (66.7%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 2850 (8.4%)
Labour: 24901 (73.5%)
Liberal Democrat: 4947 (14.6%)
Referendum: 624 (1.8%)
Other: 543 (1.6%)
Majority: 19954 (58.9%)

Boundary changes:

Profile:

portraitCurrent MP: David Blunkett (Labour) Born 1947, Sheffield. Blind since birth, he was educated at the Royal National College for the Blind and Sheffield University. Former lecturer. Sheffield councillor 1970-1988, leader of the council 1980-1987. South Yorkshire county councillor 1973-1977. MP for Sheffield Brightside since 1987. Shadow health secretary 1992-1994, shadow education secretary 1994-1997. Secretary of State for education 1997-2001 (the first blind cabinet minister), Home Secretary 2001-2004, he was forced to resign following allegations that he had attempted to fasttrack a visa for the nanny of Kimberley Fortier, the publisher of the Spector with whom Blunkett was having an affair. He returned briefly to the cabinet in 2005 as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, again being forced to resign, this time following allegations that he had broken the Ministerial Code by taking a directorship without consulting the advisory committee on business appointments (more information at They work for you)

2010 election candidates:
portraitJohn Sharp (Conservative) Born Stockton. Educated at Sheffield University. Manager in a plumbers merchant company. Wakefield councillor since 2006
portraitDavid Blunkett (Labour) Born 1947, Sheffield. Blind since birth, he was educated at the Royal National College for the Blind and Sheffield University. Former lecturer. Sheffield councillor 1970-1988, leader of the council 1980-1987. South Yorkshire county councillor 1973-1977. MP for Sheffield Brightside since 1987. Shadow health secretary 1992-1994, shadow education secretary 1994-1997. Secretary of State for education 1997-2001 (the first blind cabinet minister), Home Secretary 2001-2004, he was forced to resign following allegations that he had attempted to fasttrack a visa for the nanny of Kimberley Fortier, the publisher of the Spector with whom Blunkett was having an affair. He returned briefly to the cabinet in 2005 as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, again being forced to resign, this time following allegations that he had broken the Ministerial Code by taking a directorship without consulting the advisory committee on business appointments (more information at They work for you)
portraitJonathan Harston (Liberal Democrat) Sheffield councillor. Contested Sheffield Brightside 2005
portraitPatricia Sullivan (UKIP) Small business owner.
portraitJohn Sheldon (BNP)
portraitMaxine Bowler (TUSC) Contested Sheffield Central 2005 for Respect.

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 102637
Male: 48.7%
Female: 51.3%
Under 18: 25.4%
Over 60: 20.3%
Born outside UK: 7.4%
White: 87.2%
Black: 3%
Asian: 6.9%
Mixed: 2.3%
Other: 0.6%
Christian: 66.3%
Muslim: 7.9%
Full time students: 3.3%
Graduates 16-74: 10.2%
No Qualifications 16-74: 43.2%
Owner-Occupied: 49.2%
Social Housing: 43.8% (Council: 39.3%, Housing Ass.: 4.5%)
Privately Rented: 5.3%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 12.7%

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