UK results: Conservatives win majority

After 650 of 650 seats declared
UK results
Party Conservative Labour Scottish National Party Liberal Democrat Democratic Unionist Party Others
Seats 365 203 48 11 8 15
Change +47 -59 +13 -1 -2 +2

Sheffield Hallam

Parliamentary constituency

LAB HOLD

Results

  1. Labour
    Olivia Blake
    • Votes: 19,709
    • Vote share %: 34.6
    • Vote share change: -3.7
  2. Liberal Democrat
    Laura Gordon
    • Votes: 18,997
    • Vote share %: 33.4
    • Vote share change: -1.3
  3. Conservative
    Ian Walker
    • Votes: 14,696
    • Vote share %: 25.8
    • Vote share change: +2.1
  4. Green
    Natalie Thomas
    • Votes: 1,630
    • Vote share %: 2.9
    • Vote share change: +1.4
  5. The Brexit Party
    Terence McHale
    • Votes: 1,562
    • Vote share %: 2.7
    • Vote share change: +2.7
  6. UKIP
    Michael Virgo
    • Votes: 168
    • Vote share %: 0.3
    • Vote share change: -1.3
  7. Independent
    Elizabeth Aspden
    • Votes: 123
    • Vote share %: 0.2
    • Vote share change: +0.2

Change compared with 2017

Turnout

  • LAB majority: 712
  • Registered voters: 72,763
  • % share:
    78.2%
  • Change since 2017: +0.6

Vote share

Party % share
Labour 34.6%
Liberal Democrat 33.4%
Conservative 25.8%
Green 2.9%
The Brexit Party 2.7%
UKIP 0.3%

Vote share change since 2017

  • The Brexit Party +2.7 Gained
  • Conservative +2.1 Gained
  • Green +1.4 Gained
  • Liberal Democrat -1.3 Lost
  • UKIP -1.3 Lost
  • Labour -3.7 Lost

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Trams could be mothballed without extra funding - Mayor

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Sheffield MPs have written an urgent letter to the government asking it to keep buses and trams running when emergency funding ends this week.

Supertram
BBC

Supertram services in Sheffield and Rotherham could be mothballed if the government fails to step in with further resources, Sheffield City Region Mayor Dan Jarvis has warned.

Sheffield City Region bosses were given £1.3m in May to support the Stagecoach Supertram network following a massive reduction in passenger numbers due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Government intervention is set to end today and Mayor Jarvis has described shutting down the service as a "terrible situation" but it would come as a "last resort".

Labour MPs Clive Betts, Olivia Blake, Paul Blomfield, Gill Furniss and Louise Haigh have now intervened and written to Transport Minister Grant Shapps.

Mr Betts, who recently led a review of buses, said: “Keeping buses and trams running is absolutely essential to allow key workers to get to work.

“Having bus operators go out of business or the tram stopping running will cause short term chaos in essential services and in the longer term add to the problems of congestion, pollution and climate change.

“The Government’s financial help so far has been welcome and essential but it must continue.”

MPs bid to reopen Sheffield stations closed since 1960s

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Two Sheffield Labour MPs have teamed up to launch a bid to restore railway services in South Yorkshire to their former glory after the routes were cut in the 1960s.

Heeley Station remains as seen now
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Olivia Blake, MP for Hallam, and Louise Haigh, MP for Heeley, are putting in a bid for the government’s Restoring Your Railway Fund.

They hope the money can help reopen railway stations in Heeley, on London Road (pictured as it is today), and Millhouses, on Archer Road, and expand the station at Dore and Totley.

The stations were all originally opened around 1870 and ran for about a century before the so-called Beeching cuts of the 1960s.

The government is now investing £500m to try to reverse these - and has so far used £40m million to build 10 new stations.

Residents in Woodseats, Millhouses, Carterknowle, Meersbrook, Heeley and Abbeydale would be within a 20-minute walk of the new platforms, but the MPs say the benefits would also be shared city-wide.

Ms Haigh said: "South and south west Sheffield were once well-served by rail and tram networks, but short-sighted decisions in the 1960s closed these down in favour of road traffic.

"My constituents are desperate for better public transport to cut traffic congestion, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions."

Applications for a share of the cash are being accepted up to 5 June.

MP's caseload 'tripled' due to coronavirus lockdown

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A Sheffield MP says her workload "tripled overnight" when the coronavirus lockdown began, including many cases of people who were unable to buy food.

Olivia Blake
LDRS

Labour MP Olivia Blake says she already had a backlog of work when she won her Sheffield Hallam constituency due to previous MP Jared O’Mara being absent for long stretches of time.

But she says her caseload exploded during the coronavirus outbreak, with constituents desperate for help with everything from food to finances.

She said: "I already had a backlog of casework in Hallam and I know from speaking to other MPs that I have significantly more than them.

“It has made it quite difficult as it’s unprecedented."

Ms Blake says she's holding weekly surgeries on a Friday via Zoom for people who find it difficult to communicate by email or for those who just prefer to talk face to face.

She said: “They’re working quite well. Everyone has a 20-minute slot and people really appreciate them. There’s a real mix of casework and a whole range of different issues.

“Parts of my constituency are in poverty and we’ve seen a big uptake at food banks, but I’ve also had a lot of people contact me who aren’t living in poverty but just couldn’t get food."

Sheffield Hallam MP steps down from role as councillor

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Sheffield Hallam Labour MP Olivia Blake has resigned from her role as a city councillor, it's been announced.

Olivia Blake
Labour Party

Ms Blake was elected as an MP in the general election last December, but remained as a councillor for Walkley so as not to trigger a byelection.

However, she stopped claiming her councillor’s allowance the day after the general election and has now decided to stand down.

Her resignation won’t prompt a byelection as it’s within six months of the local elections in May, so her seat will remain vacant until then.

There are two other Walkley councillors, Ben Curran and Neale Gibson, who constituents can still contact.

Ms Blake said: “I decided to stand down today because Sheffield Council has its budget meeting on Wednesday but I can’t attend because I have a Whip to be in Parliament.

"I was going to hold out until the local elections but I want to focus on Parliament.”

Sheffield Hallam: Labour hold

Olivia Blake has been elected MP for Sheffield Hallam, meaning that the Labour Party holds the seat with a decreased majority.

The new MP beat Liberal Democrat Laura Gordon by 712 votes. This was fewer than Jared O Mara’s 2,125 vote majority in the 2017 general election.

Ian Walker of the Conservative Party came third and the Green Party's Natalie Thomas came fourth.

Voter turnout was up by 0.6 percentage points since the last general election.

Nearly 57,000 people, 78.2% of those eligible to vote, went to polling stations across the area on Thursday, in the first December general election since 1923.

Four of the seven candidates, Natalie Thomas (Green), Terence McHale (The Brexit Party), Michael Virgo (UKIP) and Elizabeth Aspden (independent) lost their £500 deposits after failing to win 5% of the vote.

This story was created using some automation.

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Red alert? South Yorkshire in focus

Liz Roberts

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

The interesting thing about the election in the South Yorkshire this year is that it could be, well, interesting.

It's not usually an area that attracts much media attention.

When Nick Clegg (pictured below) lost his Lib Dem seat in Sheffield Hallam to Labour in 2017 it was the biggest shake-up to the electoral landscape for two decades - when the Lib Dems first won the seat from the Tories in 1997.

But, this year it's different.

Nick Clegg
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Labour's been losing its grip on its traditional heartlands.

In Penistone and Stocksbridge, where the MP Angela Smith jumped to Change UK and then the Lib Dems, the Tories are now ready to pounce.

In the former mining areas of Rother Valley and Don Valley, which voted overwhelmingly for Brexit, Labour’s once huge majority is now reduced to a few thousand.

The unthinkable has started to happen, ex-miners and lifelong Labour supporters have been prepared to put their cross in a Conservative box.

But there's now a new(ish) kid on the block - The Brexit Party with Nigel Farage at the helm.

Seen as a straight-talking man of the people, he’s popular among South Yorkshire’s working classes and his party is seen, by many, as a more palatable alternative to the Tories.

So the critical question is: where will the Brexit voters turn? Will the Farage effect be enough to gain seats in places like Barnsley? Or could it split the vote, and actually do Labour a favour?