Sheffield, Hallam

2015 Result:
Conservative: 7544 (13.7%)
Labour: 19862 (36%)
Lib Dem: 22215 (40.2%)
Green: 1772 (3.2%)
UKIP: 3575 (6.5%)
Independent: 97 (0.2%)
Others: 167 (0.3%)
MAJORITY: 2353 (4.3%)

Category: Marginal Liberal Democrat seat

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

Main population centres: Sheffield, High and Low Bradfield, Dungworth, Worrall.

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 and one of the best educated in the country. 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 then covers the westernmost fringes of Sheffield itself, some of the richest and most affluent suburbs of the city like Ecclesall and the more Conservative Totley and Dore.

Politics: 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 future Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg in 2005. In 2015 some polls suggested that Clegg could lose his seat to Labour, but ultimately he held on.

Current MP
NICK CLEGG (Liberal Democrat) Born 1967, Buckinghamshire. Educated at Westminster school and Cambridge university. Former speechwriter to Sir Leon Brittan. Contested 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 2006-2007, Leader of the Liberal Democrats 2007-2015. Deputy Prime Minister 2010-2015. Clegg 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 Clegg 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.
Past Results
Con: 12040 (24%)
Lab: 8228 (16%)
LDem: 27324 (53%)
UKIP: 1195 (2%)
Oth: 2348 (5%)
MAJ: 15284 (30%)
Con: 12028 (30%)
Lab: 5110 (13%)
LDem: 20710 (51%)
GRN: 1331 (3%)
Oth: 1248 (3%)
MAJ: 8682 (21%)
Con: 11856 (31%)
Lab: 4758 (12%)
LDem: 21203 (55%)
UKIP: 429 (1%)
MAJ: 9347 (24%)
Con: 15074 (33%)
Lab: 6147 (14%)
LDem: 23345 (51%)
Oth: 125 (0%)
MAJ: 8271 (18%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

2015 Candidates
IAN WALKER (Conservative) Born 1958, Fulwood. Engineer.
OLIVER COPPARD (Labour) Born Sheffield. Educated at High Storrs school.
NICK CLEGG (Liberal Democrat) See above.
JOE JENKINS (UKIP) Educated at Dundee University. Student.
PETER GARBUTT (Green) English language teacher.
STEVE CLEGG (English Democrat)
CARLTON REEVE (Independent) Educated at Bradford university. Digital media consultant and lecturer.
Comments - 2,163 Responses on “Sheffield Hallam”
  1. A cakewalk for the Liberal Democrats on current polling (and given past LD strength in this seat)’

    I’m not so sure, Tristan. This used to be a relatively safe Conservative seat, Sheffield voted in favour of Brexit and with a Boris bounce, they might think in with a chance of taking it back. Greens will take some votes from the LDs too. Autumn,when polling will take place is a fair way off, so a lot could happen between now and then. It would be a major surprise if Labour hold, especially given their poor running of the council and O’Mara’s unsuitability as an MP.

  2. Lex – Sheffield did but Hallam is largely the affluent, middle class part ie the part that wouldn’t have done at all.

    I’d imagine a LD win, but I take your point that anything is possible if eg Greens take over 10%, but the Brexit Party may well do too depending on the timing.

  3. Lexbox- fair points but as Lancs said this is a high income, liberal, Remain voting area, quite distinct from much of Sheffield. But you are right tht ‘cakewalk’ might be overstating the case.

  4. I think the Greens could easily get 10%

  5. If the LDs can win Brecon and follow up with a by-election win here then they will gain exponential momentum.

  6. Bit like the early 80s and 90s

  7. Greens did well in locals and euros. Lib Dems did not do nearly so well in euros and the Greens clearly didn’t pick up most their votes

  8. Seems like O’Mara has serious personal issues. And, to be honest, it will be ten times easier for him to address his demons outside the media spotlight.

    Some people just aren’t cut out to be MPs.

  9. O’Mara has been arrested on suspicion of fraud.

    I suspect this is why he is standing down (as opposed to all of his other troubles).

    At least it saves the cost of a Recall petition – although not his pay over the Summer recess.

  10. Depends how serious the fraud is. He’d only have been suspended automatically from parliament if he’d been given a jail sentence of 12 months or longer.

  11. No, that forfeits the seat.

    These days any conviction results in a Recall petition.

  12. Winning vote share here was 34.6%, the lowest in the election.

  13. I was very surprised to see Labour hold on here.

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