Sheffield Brightside (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 53°24′32″N 1°26′38″W / 53.409°N 1.444°W / 53.409; -1.444

Sheffield, Brightside
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
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Boundary of Sheffield, Brightside in South Yorkshire for the 2005 general election.
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Location of South Yorkshire within England.
County South Yorkshire
18852010
Replaced by Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough
Created from Sheffield

Sheffield, Brightside was a parliamentary constituency in the City of Sheffield. Created for the 1885 general election, and replaced at the 2010 general election by the new constituency of Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough, it elected one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, using the first-past-the-post voting system.

In its first fifty years, Brightside returned a variety of Liberal, Conservative and Labour MPs. However, from 1945 onwards, it became one of the Labour Party's safest seats in the United Kingdom. It was represented by David Blunkett from 1987 until its abolition.

Boundaries[edit]

Sheffield Brightside covers the north of the city and includes the wards of Firth Park, Shiregreen and Brightside, and Southey, it also includes the northern part of Burngreave ward and small parts of Hillsborough and Walkley wards. It borders the constituencies of Rotherham, Sheffield Central, Sheffield Heeley and Sheffield Hillsborough.

Boundary review[edit]

Following their review of parliamentary representation in South Yorkshire, the Boundary Commission for England recommended that Sheffield Brightside should gain all of Burngreave and Hillsborough wards, with Walkley moving to Sheffield Central, and that the constituency be renamed Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough.

The electoral wards in the newly shaped constituency are entirely within the city of Sheffield.

  • Burngreave, Firth Park, Hillsborough, Shiregreen and Brightside, and Southey

History[edit]

Sheffield Brightside was created in 1885 when the former Sheffield constituency was split into five constituencies.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1885 A. J. Mundella Liberal
1897 by-election Frederick Maddison Lib-Lab
1900 James Fitzalan Hope (later Baron Rankeillour) Conservative
1906 Tudor Walters Liberal
1922 Arthur Augustus William Harry Ponsonby Labour
1930 by-election Fred Marshall Labour
1931 Hamer Field Russell Conservative
1935 Fred Marshall Labour
1950 Richard Winterbottom Labour
1968 by-election Edward Griffiths Labour
October 1974 Joan Maynard Labour
1987 David Blunkett Labour
2010 Constituency abolished: see Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough

Elections[edit]

Sheffield Brightside election results

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General election of 2005
General Election 2005: Sheffield, Brightside
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David Blunkett 16,876 68.5 −8.4
Liberal Democrat Jonathan Harston 3,232 13.1 +4.3
Conservative Tim Clark 2,205 9.0 −1.2
BNP Christopher Hartigan 1,537 6.2 N/A
UKIP Judith Clarke 779 3.2 +1.8
Majority 13,644 55.4
Turnout 24,629 48.5 +1.3
Labour hold Swing −6.4
General election of 2001
General Election 2001: Sheffield, Brightside
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David Blunkett 19,650 76.9 +3.4
Conservative Matthew Wilson 2,601 10.2 +1.8
Liberal Democrat Alison Firth 2,238 8.8 −5.8
Socialist Alliance Brian Wilson 361 1.4 N/A
Socialist Labour Robert Morris 354 1.4 N/A
UKIP Anthony Suter 348 1.4 N/A
Majority 17,049 66.7
Turnout 25,552 47.2 −10.3
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General election of 1997
General Election 1997: Sheffield, Brightside
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David Blunkett 24,901 73.5 +3.1
Liberal Democrat Francis Butler 4,947 14.6 +2.1
Conservative Christopher Buckwell 2,850 8.4 −8.4
Referendum Party Brian Farnsworth 624 1.8 N/A
Socialist Labour Paul Davidson 482 1.4 N/A
Natural Law Richard Scott 61 0.2 N/A
Majority 19,954 58.9
Turnout 33,865 57.5
Labour hold Swing
General election of 1992
General Election 1992: Sheffield, Brightside
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David Blunkett 29,771 70.4 +0.5
Conservative Timothy Loughton 7,090 16.8 +1.1
Liberal Democrat Richard Franklin 5,273 12.5 −1.9
International Communist David Hyland 150 0.4 N/A
Majority 22,681 53.7 −0.5
Turnout 42,224 66.3 −2.4
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General election of 1987
General Election 1987: Sheffield, Brightside
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David Blunkett 31,208 69.9 +11.9
Conservative Mary Glyn 7,017 15.7 −2.2
Liberal John Leeman 6,434 14.4 −9.0
Majority 24,191 54.2 +19.7
Turnout 44,659 68.7 +3.2
Labour hold Swing
General election of 1983
General Election 1983: Sheffield, Brightside
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Joan Maynard 25,531 58.0 −10.5
Liberal Francis Butler 10,322 23.4 +14.1
Conservative David Grayson 7,888 17.9 −3.3
National Front P. A. Spinks 286 0.7 −0.2
Majority 15,209 34.5 −14.7
Turnout 65.5 −3.3
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General election of 1979
General Election 1979: Sheffield, Brightside
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Joan Maynard 25,672 68.5 +18.8
Conservative Betty Knightly 7,979 21.2 +7.7
Liberal Malcolm Johnson 3,482 9.3 +0.3
National Front K. T. Brack 354 0.9 N/A
Majority 17,693 47.2 +25.5
Turnout 68.8 +1.4
Labour hold Swing
General election of October 1974
General Election October 1974: Sheffield, Brightside
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Joan Maynard 18,108 49.7 −18.7
Independent Labour Edward Griffiths 10,182 27.9 N/A
Conservative Roy Walker 4,905 13.5 - 3.5
Liberal Thomas Blades 3,271 9.0 −4.4
Majority 7,926 21.7 −29.7
Turnout 67.4 −7.1
Labour hold Swing
General election of February 1974
General Election February 1974: Sheffield, Brightside
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Edward Griffiths 27,363 68.4 −3.8
Conservative John Smith 6,796 17.0 −8.8
Liberal Thomas Blades 5,347 13.4 N/A
Communist Violet Gill 513 1.3 −0.7
Majority 20,567 51.4 +5.1
Turnout 74.5 +12.5
Labour hold Swing
General election of 1970
General Election 1970: Sheffield, Brightside
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Edward Griffiths 23,941 72.2 −3.7
Conservative Antony Newton 8,572 25.8 +4.5
Communist Gordon Ashberry 665 2.0 −0.8
Majority 15,369 46.3 −8.3
Turnout 62.0 −4.2
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

By-election of 1968

Following the death of the Labour MP Richard Winterbottom a by-election was called at which Edward Griffiths, the Labour Party candidate, was elected.

By-election 1968: Sheffield Brightside
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Edward Griffiths 14,179 55.2
Conservative Colin Renfrew 8,931 34.8
Communist Robert Wilkinson 1,069 4.1
Independent Ronald Guest 918 3.6
Independent Lt-Col. H. L. Lambert 586 2.3
Majority 5,248
Turnout 25,683
Labour hold Swing
General election of 1966
General Election 1966: Sheffield, Brightside
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Richard Winterbottom 26,653 75.9 +5.2
Conservative Raymond Hadfield 7,476 21.3 −4.5
Communist Howard Hill 989 2.8 −0.7
Majority 19,177 54.6 +9.7
Turnout 66.2 −4.1
Labour hold Swing
General election of 1964
General Election 1964: Sheffield, Brightside
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Richard Winterbottom 27,317 70.7 +3.2
Conservative Alexander Leitch 9,963 25.8 −3.5
Communist Howard Hill 1,356 3.5 +0.2
Majority 17,354 44.9 +6.7
Turnout 70.3 −3.2
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General election of 1959
General Election 1959: Sheffield, Brightside
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Richard Winterbottom 28,302 67.5 +0.6
Conservative Hugo Holmes 12,269 29.3 −0.3
Communist Howard Hill 1,373 3.3 −0.2
Majority 16,033 38.2 +0.9
Turnout 73.5 +2.4
Labour hold Swing
General election of 1955
General Election 1955: Sheffield, Brightside
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Richard Winterbottom 27,643 66.9 −3.0
Conservative Edward Flynn 12,239 29.6 +2.0
Communist Howard Hill 1,461 3.5 +1.0
Majority 15,404 37.3 −5.1
Turnout 71.1 −10.3
Labour hold Swing
General election of 1951
General Election 1951: Sheffield, Brightside
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Richard Winterbottom 31,519 69.9 +0.3
Conservative Alfred Wood 12,433 27.6 −0.5
Communist Howard Hill 1,116 2.5 +0.2
Majority 19,086 42.4 +0.9
Turnout 81.4 −3.2
Labour hold Swing
General election of 1950
General Election 1950: Sheffield, Brightside
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Richard Winterbottom 32,542 69.6
Conservative Alfred Wood 13,136 28.1
Communist Howard Hill 1,081 2.3 -11.7
Majority 19,406 41.5
Turnout 84.6
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

General election of 1945
General Election 1945: Sheffield, Brightside
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Fred Marshall 19,373 61.2 +2.7
Conservative Brian Taylor 8,177 25.8 −15.7
Communist Howard Hill 4,115 13.0 N/A
Majority 11,196 35.4 +18.4
Turnout 75.5 +6.8
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General election of 1935
General Election 1935: Sheffield, Brightside
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Fred Marshall 18,985 58.5 +17.9
Conservative Hamer Field Russell 13,467 41.5 −11.6
Majority 5,518 17.0 +4.5
Turnout 68.7 +6.8
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
General election of 1931
General Election 1931: Sheffield, Brightside
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Hamer Field Russell 20,270 53.1
Labour Fred Marshall 15,528 40.6
Communist J. T. Murphy 1,571 4.1
New Party E. C. Snelgrove 847 2.2
Majority 4,742 12.5
Turnout 79.6
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
1930 by-election
Sheffield Brightside by-election, 1930
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Fred Marshall 11,543 46.3
Conservative Hamer Field Russell 8,612 34.6
Liberal W. A. Lambert 3,650 14.7
Communist J. T. Murphy 1,084 4.4
Majority 2,931 11.7
Turnout
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

Arthur Ponsonby
General Election 1929

Electorate 47,521

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Arthur Augustus William Harry Ponsonby 20,277 55.2
Conservative R. I. Money 9,828 26.8
Liberal W. A. Lambert 6,621 18.0
Majority 10,449 28.4
Turnout 77.3
Labour hold Swing
General election of 1924
General Election 1924: Sheffield Brightside
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Arthur Augustus William Harry Ponsonby 17,053 55.4
Conservative Matthew Sheppard 13,708 44.6
Majority 3,345 10.8
Turnout 78.9
Labour hold Swing
General election of 1923
General Election 1923: Sheffield Brightside
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Arthur Augustus William Harry Ponsonby 14,741 53.0
Conservative Matthew Sheppard 9,408 33.8
Liberal Thomas Illingworth Clough 3,684 13.2
Majority 5,333 19.2
Turnout 73.0
Labour hold Swing
General election of 1922
General Election 1922: Sheffield Brightside
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Arthur Augustus William Harry Ponsonby 16,692 60.4
National Liberal Tudor Walters 10,949 39.6
Majority 5,743 20.8
Turnout 75.0
Labour gain from Liberal Swing

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election 1918

Electorate 36,453

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Coalition Liberal Rt Hon. Sir John Tudor Walters 12,164 64.2
Labour Richard Edward Jones 6,781 35.8
Majority 5,383 28.4
Turnout 52.0
Coalition Liberal hold Swing
General Election December 1910: Sheffield Brightside
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Tudor Walters 5,766 59.6
Conservative Douglas Vickers 3,906 40.4
Majority 1,864 19.2
Turnout 77.0
Liberal hold Swing
General Election January 1910: Sheffield Brightside
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Tudor Walters 6,156 56.6
Conservative Douglas Vickers 4,200 38.7
Social Democratic Federation Charles Lapworth 510 4.7
Majority 1,956 17.9
Turnout 86.5
Liberal hold Swing

Elections in the 1900s[edit]

General Election 1906: Sheffield Brightside
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Tudor Walters 5,409 55.1
Conservative James Fitzalan Hope 4,408 44.9
Majority 1,001 10.2
Turnout 81.1
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing
General Election 1900: Sheffield Brightside
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative James Fitzalan Hope 4,992 55.3
Lib-Lab Frederick Maddison 4,028 44.7
Majority 964 10.6
Turnout 77.1
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing

Elections in the 1890s[edit]

Sheffield Brightside by-election, 1897
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Lib-Lab Frederick Maddison 4,289 51.1
Conservative James Fitzalan Hope 4,106 48.9
Majority 183 2.2
Turnout 77.1
Liberal hold Swing

In the 1895 general election and the Sheffield Brightside by-election, 1892, A. J. Mundella was elected unopposed.

General Election 1892: Sheffield Brightside
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal A. J. Mundella 4,938 57.4
Conservative H. B. F. Deane 3,661 42.6
Majority 1,277 14.8
Turnout 82.7
Liberal hold Swing

Elections in the 1880s[edit]

General Election 1886: Sheffield Brightside
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal A. J. Mundella 4,280 55.7
Conservative Edmund Talbot 3,398 44.3
Majority 882 11.4
Turnout 82.6
Liberal hold Swing

In the Sheffield Brightside by-election, 1886, A. J. Mundella was elected unopposed.

General Election 1885: Sheffield Brightside
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal A. J. Mundella 4,616 57.7
Conservative Edmund Talbot 3,382 42.3
Majority 1,234 15.4
Turnout 86.0
Liberal hold Swing

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