Sheffield South East (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 53°21′43″N 1°25′44″W / 53.362°N 1.429°W / 53.362; -1.429

Sheffield South East
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Sheffield South East in South Yorkshire for the 2010 general election.
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Location of South Yorkshire within England.
County South Yorkshire
Electorate 67,792 (December 2010)
Current constituency
Created 2010
Member of parliament Clive Betts (Labour)
Created from Sheffield Attercliffe
European Parliament constituency Yorkshire and the Humber

Sheffield South East is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since its 2010 creation by Clive Betts, a member of the Labour Party.[n 2]


This seat succeeded Sheffield Attercliffe (represented by the Labour MP Clive Betts since 1992) following a minor change[n 3] recommended by the Boundary Commission for England for the 2010 general election and accepted by Parliament.

History of predecessor[edit]

The predecessor, Sheffield Attercliffe, was a Labour seat from 1935 since which date candidates of the party had received substantial majorities.


The City of Sheffield wards of Beighton, Birley, Darnall, Mosborough, and Woodhouse.

Constituency profile[edit]

As mentioned above, Labour majorities since 1935 have been substantial, meaning the area is potentially one of that party's safe seats. In 2010 the closest runner-up was from the Liberal Democrat candidate. In 2015 UKIP came second, with nearly 22% of the vote, beating both the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats (the Liberal Democrat vote declining by 18%).

In statistics[edit]

The constituency consists of Census Output Areas of local government districts with a working population whose income is close to or slightly below the national average and close to average reliance upon social housing.[1] At the end of 2012 the unemployment rate in the constituency stood as 4.4% of the population claiming jobseekers' allowance, see table.[2]

Sheffield's Seats Compared - worklessness[2]
Office for National Statistics November 2012 Jobseekers Claimant Count
Sheffield, Brightside and Hillsborough 7.6%[n 4]
Sheffield Central 4.0%
Sheffield Hallam 1.5%
Sheffield Heeley 5.7%
Sheffield South East 4.4%

The district contributing to the seat has a medium 33% of its population without a car.[n 5] A medium 24.3% of the City's population are without qualifications, a high 15.8% of the population with level 3 qualifications and a medium 25.7% with level 4 qualifications or above. In terms of tenure a relatively low 58.3% of homes are owned outright or on a mortgage by occupants as at the 2011 census across the district.[3]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[4] Party
2010 Clive Betts Labour


Sheffield Attercliffe election results

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2017: Sheffield South East[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Clive Betts 25,520 58.5 +7.1
Conservative Lindsey Cawrey 13,722 31.5 +14.1
UKIP Dennise Dawson 2,820 6.5 -15.4
Liberal Democrat Colin Ross 1,432 3.3 -2.1
Social Democratic Ishleen Oberoi 102 0.2 +0.2
Majority 11,798 27.0
Turnout 43,596 63.4
Labour hold Swing -7.0
General Election 2015: Sheffield South East[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Clive Betts 21,439 51.4 +2.7
UKIP Steven Winstone 9,128 21.9 +17.3
Conservative Matt Sleat 7,242 17.4 0.0
Liberal Democrat Gail Smith 2,226 5.3 -18.0
Green Linda Duckenfield 1,117 2.7 +2.7
CISTA Jen Battersby 207 0.5 +0.5
TUSC Ian Whitehouse 185 0.4 +0.4
English Democrat Matthew Roberts 141 0.3 +0.3
Majority 12,311 29.5 +4.1
Turnout 41,685 59.2 -2.3
Labour hold Swing -7.3
General Election 2010: Sheffield South East[8][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Clive Betts 20,169 48.7 -11.6
Liberal Democrat Gail Smith 9,664 23.3 +6.4
Conservative Nigel Bonson 7,202 17.4 +3.0
BNP Chris Hartigan 2,345 5.7 +1.6
UKIP Jonathan Arnott 1,889 4.6 +0.2
Communist Steve Andrew[10] 139 0.3 +0.3
Majority 10,505 25.4 -17.73
Turnout 41,408 61.5 +6.8
Labour hold Swing -9.0

See also[edit]

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.
  3. ^ The only change being the loss in 2010 of the shared part of the Richmond, South Yorkshire ward to the Sheffield Heeley constintuency.
  4. ^ Brightside and Hillsborough also saw the widest gender disparity with 10.5% of men were claimants, vs. 4.8% of women
  5. ^ This falls within the centrally coloured banding for metropolitan areas