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Sheffield, Brightside
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The Liberal Democrats have not only seized most middle-class former Conservative wards of Sheffield along with the Hallam constituency, but have in very recent years extended their attentions and incursions to working class Labour areas. However, so far success, even at city council level, has been confined to the wards within the Heeley and Hillsborough constiutuencies, leaving the Brightside wards in Labour hands for the time being. There is therefore only the most distant threat as yet to David Blunkett's role as MP here, which is as well, as he is tipped for even higher office should Labour be returned for a second consecutive full term as expected.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
David Blunkett, only the third blind MP and the first blind Cabinet Minister, was first elected here in 1987 after seven years running Sheffield Council, to which he was elected at the age of 22. Born blind in 1947 and educated at blind schools and, eventually, at Sheffield University, he taught for 13 years at Barnsley College of Technology. Resistantly-bearded, he was elected, as the first non-MP since Harold Laski, to the constituency section of Labour's NEC in 1983, and proceeded to weave a middle way between the hard left and the Militant-baiters. As Education spokesman since 1994 - and Secretary of State since 1997, he has also manoeuvred through the PC orthodoxies of the teachers' unions and the grade A gobbledegook of the educational establishment, and routinely employed the verb 'to deliver' as if education is something tipped off the back of a truck. With a history of resistance to a lowered homosexual age of consent, he was by 2001 voting politically-correctly in favour.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 0.00% 14.99% 0.00
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.00% 2.49% 0.00
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 0.00% 4.43% 0.00
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 7.80% 7.27% 107.27
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.43% 2.56% 16.73
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.24% 3.94% 6.08
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 0.80% 13.04% 6.12
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 13.39% 12.70% 105.41
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 11.45% 8.14% 140.57
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.00% 4.02% 0.00
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 6.41% 3.19% 201.30
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 46.31% 11.31% 409.39
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 3.08% 3.06% 100.45
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 8.86% 2.52% 351.89
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 1.24% 2.10% 58.89
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 1.97
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 17.92% 9.41% 190.38
5-10K 26.40% 16.63% 158.73
10-15K 20.88% 16.58% 125.94
15-20K 13.53% 13.58% 99.61
20-25K 8.23% 10.39% 79.20
25-30K 4.93% 7.77% 63.42
30-35K 2.97% 5.79% 51.22
35-40K 1.81% 4.33% 41.75
40-45K 1.12% 3.27% 34.36
45-50K 0.71% 2.48% 28.56
50-55K 0.46% 1.90% 23.97
55-60K 0.30% 1.47% 20.32
60-65K 0.20% 1.15% 17.39
65-70K 0.14% 0.91% 15.01
70-75K 0.09% 0.72% 13.06
75-80K 0.07% 0.57% 11.46
80-85K 0.05% 0.46% 10.13
85-90K 0.03% 0.37% 9.02
90-95K 0.02% 0.31% 8.08
95-100K 0.02% 0.25% 7.29
100K + 0.06% 1.34% 4.57

Local Map of the constituency
Sheffield, Brightside - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Sheffield, Brightside - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (3.13%) Liberal Democrat (2.11%)
Conservative (-  8.38%)
Conservative (1.76%) Labour (3.37%)
Liberal Democrat (-  5.85%)
Con - 8.38%
Lab 3.13%
LD 2.11%
Con 1.76%
Lab 3.37%
LD - 5.85%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
David Blunkett
Labour hold
Con Conservative (10.18%) 2,601 10.18%
Lab Labour (76.90%) 19,650 76.90%
LD Liberal Democrat (8.76%) 2,238 8.76%
Oth Other (4.16%) 1,063 4.16%
Maj Majority (66.72%) 17,049 66.72%
Turn Turnout (46.70%) 25,552 46.70%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
David Blunkett
Labour hold
L David Blunkett 19,650 76.90%
LD Alison Firth 2,238 8.76%
SL Robert Morris 354 1.39%
UK Mark Suter 348 1.36%
SA Brian Wilson 361 1.41%
C Matthew Wilson 2,601 10.18%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
David Blunkett
Labour
Con Conservative (8.42%) 2,850 8.42%
Lab Labour (73.53%) 24,901 73.53%
LD Liberal Democrat (14.61%) 4,947 14.61%
Ref Referendum (1.84%) 624 1.84%
Oth Other (1.60%) 543 1.60%
Maj Majority (58.92%) 19,954 58.92%
Turn Turnout (57.47%) 33,865 57.47%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (16.80%) 7,090 16.80%
Lab Labour (70.40%) 29,771 70.40%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.50%) 5,273 12.50%
Oth Other (0.40%) 150 0.40%
Maj Majority (53.60%) 22,681 53.60%
Turn Turnout (65.62%) 42,284 65.62%

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