2015 Result:
Conservative: 4656 (12.3%)
Labour: 19860 (52.5%)
Lib Dem: 1093 (2.9%)
BNP: 225 (0.6%)
UKIP: 11414 (30.2%)
TUSC: 409 (1.1%)
Others: 166 (0.4%)
MAJORITY: 8446 (22.3%)

Category: Very safe Labour seat

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

Main population centres: Rotherham.

Profile: A gritty working class, industrial town to the north-east of Sheffield. Historically Rotherham was a steel making town and it remains a major part of the economy, though the drop in demand for steel for cars in the economic downturn has put pressure on the local industry. Other local factory closures, such the Burburry clothing factory and Hovis`s flour milling factory have had further negative effects on employment. The town centre of Rotherham has suffered from its proximity to Sheffield and the Meadowhall shopping centre, though has undergone major redevelopment over the last decade.

Politics: An extremely safe Labour seat, held by the party since 1933. The seat has had no fewer than four by-elections since the second world war, the most of any seat in Great Britain (though beaten by Mid Ulster`s five). The most recent was caused by the resignation of Denis MacShane, the the victor of the 1994 by-election, who stepped down after being censured by the Standards and Privileges Committee for making expenses claims intended to deceive. The subsequent by-election was easily held by Labour, but saw a strong performance by UKIP, who came second, and the BNP who came third.

By-Election: There was a by-election in this seat in LAB HOLD. For full details see here.

Current MP
SARAH CHAMPION (Labour) Born 1969. Educated at Sheffield University. Former chief executive of a childrens hospice. First elected as MP for Rotherham in 2012 by-election.
Past Results
Con: 6279 (17%)
Lab: 16741 (45%)
LDem: 5994 (16%)
BNP: 3906 (10%)
Oth: 4586 (12%)
MAJ: 10462 (28%)
Con: 4966 (17%)
Lab: 15840 (53%)
LDem: 5159 (17%)
BNP: 1986 (7%)
Oth: 2027 (7%)
MAJ: 10681 (36%)
Con: 5682 (19%)
Lab: 18759 (64%)
LDem: 3117 (11%)
UKIP: 730 (2%)
Oth: 1066 (4%)
MAJ: 13077 (45%)
Con: 5383 (14%)
Lab: 26852 (71%)
LDem: 3919 (10%)
Oth: 364 (1%)
MAJ: 21469 (57%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

2015 Candidates
SEB LOWE (Conservative) Educated at Cambridge University.
SARAH CHAMPION (Labour) See above.
JANICE MIDDLETON (Liberal Democrat) Headteacher.
JANE COLLINS (UKIP) Born 1962. Contested Scunthorpe 2010, Barnsley Central 2011 by-election, Rotherham 2012 by-election. MEP for Yorkshire since 2014.
DEAN WALKER (English Democrat)
ADAM WALKER (BNP) Former teacher, banned from teaching for life in 2013 after a conviction for dangerous driving. Contested Bishop Auckland 2010. Contested North East region 2009 European election, Yorkshire 2014 election.
Comments - 322 Responses on “Rotherham”
  1. ‘ A COUNCILLOR has been convicted of sexually touching a fellow elected member.

    Andrew Roddison (41) was found guilty under the Sex Offences Act after a trial at Leeds Magistrates’ Court.

    The offence, against a female councillor, happened at an event at Rotherham Town Hall in May.

    Roddison, of Flatts Lane, Treeton, denied squeezing the woman’s buttocks but district judge David Kitson said he found the councillor’s account “unconvincing”.

    Roddison, elected to Rotherham Borough Council in 2011 and currently suspended by Labour, was bailed ahead of sentencing on December 1. ‘

  2. Is there something in the water in Rotherham?

  3. I had my bottom pinched at the Hammersmith Palais many years back. Who do I sue?

  4. Brinsworth & Catcliffe (Rotherham)

    LDEM: 66.0% (+50.4)
    LAB: 17.1% (-26.2)
    UKIP: 12.8% (-16.4)
    CON: 3.0% (-8.8)
    GRN: 1.0% (+1.0)

  5. Dinnington (Rotherham)

    LAB 36.1% (+15.5)
    UKIP 16.3 (-3.1)
    CON 12.8 (+2.8)
    IND 12.5 (-3.7)
    IND 9.7 (-3.7)
    IND 4.4 (+4.4)
    GRN 4.2 (-3.5)
    LDEM 4.0 (+4.0)

  6. Turnout;

    Brinsworth 32%

    Dinnington 19%

  7. Assume UKIP lost more than 3.1% in Dinnington – otherwise they couldn’t have been the incumbents as is being reported.

    Perhaps -13.1% is correct, a rough calculation suggests that might be correct.

  8. It was a three member ward BT says in which UKIP had one councillor.

  9. Lots of UKIP losing their minds on FB this morning saying that with Labour being implicated (I’ll be careful here) with the scandal there, and that the LDs railing against A50 that they ought to have won both.

    They’ll have been campaigning on immigration again.

    The Lib Dems are just better at local campaigning and getting out the vote.

  10. Sarah Champion has gone from the shadow front bench, over an article she wrote about the Newcastle child-grooming ring:

  11. Hard to know what to say here. I guess we all just continue ignoring what these men are doing for fear of being branded racist? Or do these white girls not matter anyway as they aren’t nice middle class girls with AAB at A Level? Perhaps her words could have been better chosen though.

    The Daily Mail tomorrow is (unsurprisingly) very supportive of her.

  12. I have plenty to say on this. But this isn’t the place to do it. I’d rather that the comments policy were adhered to by everyone – a full-blown discussion on this is bound to contravene it.

  13. Thanks Barnsby

  14. Sarah Champion has backed No deal over No brexit if it comes to that.

  15. The heart bleeds. If only she had had an opportunity (or even three) to vote for a deal which would avoid this dilemma.

  16. Good old Sarah…’Champion’ of her own interests first. No matter that a No Deal Brexit would devastate even further towns like Rotherham…already one of the most depressing, godforsaken places in the UK. But as long as the likes of her and Flint can keep their snouts in the trough, who cares.

  17. The politics of this are very weird. If you are an MP in a pro-leave constituency, then it is in your interests to vote for no deal but it is probably not in your interests for no deal to actually happen and be revealed to be calamitous snake-oil.

    Each individual MP has very little chance of swinging a Commons vote on their own, so it is on balance a gamble worth taking. But if they all do it, we’ll crash out and everyone, both the MPs and the constituents they represent, will lose. It’s a classic prisoner’s dilemma.

  18. Though should it go wrong I doubt Champion and the MP in Douth Shields fear losing their seat unless the Lib Dems are about to enter downing street

  19. I think Champion is worrying about the short term more…BXP or even a No Deal advocating Tory party taking her seat in a snap election. Although Matt is quite right to point out that, if No Deal is as horrendous as many of us think it may be, who exactly will these people vote for subsequently? So perhaps her reasoning is even more cynical than I initially thought!

  20. Surely Rotherham is about as safe as it gets for any Labour Party candidate at a general election, although like many similar seats it voted quite heavily to Leave despite being the sort that’s likely to be hardest hit by a no deal Brexit

    Long-term I don’t think Champion’s calculation adds up as unlike many of her Labour counterparts in similar seats she won’t even be able to turn round and say to the electorate well I told you so, as unemployment and supermarket prices rocket and former Brexit supporters start to riot

    People need to be hit in their wallets for their stupidity and under a no deal Brexit they most certainly will be

  21. I have a feeling a shock might happen here.

  22. I have to say I’m not that blown away. I think Labour’s candidate in Rother Valley is better looking

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