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Sheffield Hallam

2010 Results:
Conservative: 12040 (23.55%)
Labour: 8228 (16.09%)
Liberal Democrat: 27324 (53.44%)
UKIP: 1195 (2.34%)
Green: 919 (1.8%)
English Democrat: 586 (1.15%)
Christian: 250 (0.49%)
Monster Raving Loony: 164 (0.32%)
Independent: 429 (0.84%)
Majority: 15284 (29.89%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Liberal Democrat: 21574 (45.5%)
Conservative: 13852 (29.2%)
Labour: 9030 (19.1%)
Other: 2912 (6.1%)
Majority: 7722 (16.3%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 12028 (29.8%)
Labour: 5110 (12.6%)
Liberal Democrat: 20710 (51.2%)
BNP: 369 (0.9%)
Green: 1331 (3.3%)
UKIP: 438 (1.1%)
Other: 441 (1.1%)
Majority: 8682 (21.5%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 11856 (31%)
Labour: 4758 (12.4%)
Liberal Democrat: 21203 (55.4%)
UKIP: 429 (1.1%)
Majority: 9347 (24.4%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 15074 (33.1%)
Labour: 6147 (13.5%)
Liberal Democrat: 23345 (51.3%)
Referendum: 788 (1.7%)
Other: 125 (0.3%)
Majority: 8271 (18.2%)

Boundary changes: Numerous small changes due to wards split between constituencies, and two more substantial changes due to the abolition of Sheffield Hillsborough. Loses part of Beauchief & Greenhill to Sheffield Heeley, loses most of Broomhill and a handful of voters in Central and Nether Edge wards to Sheffield Central. Gains Stannington from Sheffield Hillsborough, parts of Crookes from Sheffield Central and Hillsborough, a tiny part of Dore & Totley from Sheffield Heeley and tiny parts of Ecclesall from Central and Heeley.

Profile: A largely rural seat covering the south-west corner of Sheffield. This is an affluent and wealthy seat, one of the richest outside of the south-east. The western part of the seat is within the Peak District and is largely desolate moorland, stretching up into the pennines, below that are small villages like like High and Low Bradfield, Dungworth, Worrall and Ringinglow. The seat when covers the westernmost fringes of Sheffield itself, including the richest and most affluent suburbs of the city like Ecclesall and the Conservative bastions of Totley and Dore.

A wealthy, middle-class and mostly owner-occupied seat this was a safe Conservative seat between the first world war and the 1990s. However, it fell to the Liberal Democrats` Richard Allen in the anti-Conservative landslide of 1997 and he successfully passed it onto the Lib Dem rising star Nick Clegg in 2005. The boundary changes are somewhat unhelpful for the Liberal Democrats, slightly reducing the still substantial numbers of students in the constituency, but it remains a tough call for the Conservatives.

portraitCurrent MP: Nick Clegg (Liberal Democrat) born 1967, Buckinghamshire. Educated at Westminster school and Cambridge university. Prior to his election worked for the European Commission, including as a speechwriter to Sir Leon Brittan. MEP for the East Midlands region 1999-2004. First elected as MP for Sheffield Hallam in 2005. Europe spokesman 2005-2006, Liberal Democrat shadow home secretary since 2006. He was touted as a possible leadership contender following Charles Kennedy`s resignation, though eventually he backed Sir Menzies Campbell. After Campbell`s own resignation the following year he defeated Chris Huhne to become leader of the Liberal Democrats from December 2007. His performance in the first leaders` debate in the 2010 election produced a huge spike in Liberal Democrat support, which largely faded by the time of the election, but was enough to secure a hung Parliament. Clegg subsequently negotiated a coalition deal with the Conservative party, taking the third party into government for the first time since the second world war. Deputy Prime Minister since 2010 (more information at They work for you)

2010 election candidates:
portraitNicola Bates (Conservative) Educated at York university. PR consultant.
portraitJack Scott (Labour) Educated at Sheffield University. Executive Director with Sheffield Mental Health Citizen`s Advice Bureau.
portraitNick Clegg(Liberal Democrat) born 1967, Buckinghamshire. Educated at Westminster school and Cambridge university. Prior to his election worked for the European Commission, including as a speechwriter to Sir Leon Brittan. MEP for the East Midlands region 1999-2004. First elected as MP for Sheffield Hallam in 2005. Europe spokesman 2005-2006, Liberal Democrat shadow home secretary since 2006. He was touted as a possible leadership contender following Charles Kennedy`s resignation, though eventually he backed Sir Menzies Campbell. After Campbell`s own resignation the following year he defeated Chris Huhne to become leader of the Liberal Democrats from December 2007 (more information at They work for you)
portraitSteve Barnard (Green) Sheffield councillor 1996-2000. Contested Yorkshire and Humberside in 2009 European elections.
portraitNigel James (UKIP) Retired university lecturer. Contested Sheffield Hallam 2005.
portraitDavid Wildgoose (English Democrat) Educated at Oakwood Comprehensive and Hull University. Contested Rotherham 1992, 1994 by-election, 1997, Wentworth 2001 for Liberal Democrats. Contested Yorkshire and Humberside in 2009 European elections.
portraitRay Green (Christian Party)
portraitMark Adshead (Official Monster Raving Loony)
portraitMartin Fitzpatrick (Independent) Born 1968. Educated at St Thomas Moore Derby. Sales manager.

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 84912
Male: 48.5%
Female: 51.5%
Under 18: 19.3%
Over 60: 23%
Born outside UK: 5.7%
White: 95.2%
Black: 0.6%
Asian: 2.1%
Mixed: 1.2%
Other: 0.8%
Christian: 70.5%
Hindu: 0.6%
Muslim: 1.3%
Full time students: 11.9%
Graduates 16-74: 35.6%
No Qualifications 16-74: 17%
Owner-Occupied: 79.6%
Social Housing: 10.4% (Council: 8.8%, Housing Ass.: 1.6%)
Privately Rented: 8%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 4.1%

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