Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 53°24′40″N 1°27′07″W / 53.411°N 1.452°W / 53.411; -1.452

Sheffield, Brightside and Hillsborough
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Sheffield, Brightside and Hillsborough in South Yorkshire for the 2010 general election.
Outline map
Location of South Yorkshire within England.
County South Yorkshire
Electorate 69,206 (December 2010)
Current constituency
Created 2010
Member of parliament Gill Furniss[1] (Labour)
Created from Sheffield Hillsborough, Sheffield Brightside
European Parliament constituency Yorkshire and the Humber

Sheffield, Brightside and Hillsborough is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament by Gill Furniss, a member of the Labour Party.[n 2]


Following its review of parliamentary representation in South Yorkshire the Boundary Commission for England recommended substantial changes to the constituency boundaries in Sheffield, to add part of the Sheffield Hillsborough to the whole of the Sheffield Brightside constituency (other than a handful of houses in the corner of Walkley). The rest of the Sheffield Hillsborough constituency formed the southern half of the new Penistone and Stocksbridge seat.

The constituency's representative from 2010 to 2015 was David Blunkett, who also represented the predecessor Sheffield Brightside constituency since 1987. Blunkett was a former frontbench senior minister who was a Secretary of State from 1997 until 2005 in the New Labour Government. He served the first four years of government as the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, three years as the Home Secretary and six months as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. Blunkett retired from Parliament at the 2015 general election after representing Brightside/Brightside and Hillsborough for 28 years, the longest of any MP for the seat. The constituency representative from 2015 was Harry Harpham until he died on 4 February 2016. He was succeeded by his widow, Gill Furniss, who won a by-election on 5 May.


The City of Sheffield wards of Burngreave, Firth Park, Hillsborough, Shiregreen and Brightside, and Southey.

Constituency profile[edit]

The last instance of either of the two predecessor seats being held by an MP from a party other than the Labour Party was the period for both before the 1935 general election. Majorities since World War II have been substantial suggesting a safe seat on historic voting preferences.

In statistics

The constituency consists of Census Output Areas of a local government districts with: a working population whose income is close to and fractionally below the national average and that has higher than average reliance on social housing.[2] At the end of 2012 the unemployment rate in the constituency was the highest of Sheffield's five constituencies at 7.6% of the population claiming jobseekers allowance, compared to the regional average of 4.7%.[3] The borough contributing to the bulk of the seat has a reasonably high 33% of its population without a car, has 24.3% of the population without qualifications and 25.7% with level 4 qualifications or above. In terms of tenure a lower than average share, 58.3% of homes, are owned outright or on a mortgage by occupants as at the 2011 census across the district.[4]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[5] Party Notes
2010 David Blunkett Labour Previously MP for Sheffield Brightside from 1987
2015 Harry Harpham Labour Died in office February 2016
2016 by-election Gill Furniss Labour


By-election 2016: Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Gill Furniss 14,087 62.5 +5.9
UKIP Steven Winstone 4,497 20.0 -2.1
Liberal Democrat Shaffaq Mohammed 1,385 6.1 +1.6
Conservative Spencer Pitfield 1,267 5.6 -5.4
Green Christine Gilligan Kubo 938 4.2 -0.1
Yorkshire First Stevie Manion 349 1.5 1.5
Give Me Back Elmo Bobby Smith 58 0.2 0.2
Majority 9,590 42.5 +8.8
Turnout 22,581 33.2
General Election 2015: Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Harry Harpham 22,663 56.6 +1.6
UKIP John Booker 8,856 22.1 +18.0
Conservative Elise Dünweber 4,407 11.0 -0.5
Liberal Democrat Jonathan Harston 1,802 4.5 -15.5
Green Christine Gilligan Kubo 1,712 4.3 +4.3
TUSC Maxine Bowler 442 1.1 -0.6
English Democrat Justin Saxton 171 0.4 +0.4
Majority 13,807 34.58 -0.32
Turnout 40,053 54.8 -2.3
Labour hold Swing -8.2
General Election 2010: Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough[9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour David Blunkett* 21,400 55.0 -14.6
Liberal Democrat Jonathan Harston 7,768 20.0 +6.9
Conservative John Sharp 4,468 11.5 +1.7
BNP John Sheldon[11] 3,026 7.8 +3.2
UKIP Patricia Sullivan 1,596 4.1 +1.1
TUSC Maxine Bowler 656 1.7 +1.7
Majority 13,632 35.0
Turnout 38,594 57.1 +7.1
* Served as an MP in the 2005–2010 Parliament

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ A borough constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
  2. ^ As with all constituencies, the constituency elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election at least every five years.