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Nick Clegg retains power in Sheffield Hallam.


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Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has been re-elected in his home city of Sheffield with an increased majority.

Mr Clegg held on to the Sheffield Hallam constituency after receiving 27,324 votes, while Conservative Nicola Bates came second with 12,040.

Mr Clegg's majority over the Tories was 13.7% higher than in 2005.

Elsewhere, Labour's Environment Secretary Ed Miliband retained his Doncaster North seat. Labour held on to 12 other seats in South Yorkshire.

Mr Miliband took the seat with 19,637 votes but saw his share of the vote fall by 5.5% compared to the 2005 election when he was first voted in.

Conservative candidate Sophie Brodie took second place with 8,728 votes.

Mr Clegg said although the national campaign had been disappointing for his party, it was the "greatest privilege" to be able to serve Sheffield Hallam.

Fewer votes

In Doncaster Central, Rosie Winterton's majority of 6,229 over Conservative Gareth Davies was 12.4% less than her 10,325 majority over the Lib Dems in the 2005 election.

This time around, the Tories nudged from third to second place with Mr Davies taking 10,340 votes.

Labour's Caroline Flint retained the Don Valley constituency with a reduced majority over the Tories.

Former Home Secretary David Blunkett retained the Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough seat with 21,400 votes.

His majority over Lib Dem Jonathan Harston, who received 7,768 votes, was 21.5% lower than in 2005.

Ed Miliband
Mr Miliband became MP for Doncaster North in 2005

Eric Illsley won Barnsley Central for Labour with 17,487 votes, Michael Dugher took Barnsley East for the party with 18,059 votes, Angela Smith held on to Penistone and Stocksbridge with 17,565 votes and Paul Blomfield won Sheffield Central with 17,136 votes.

The four candidates won the constituencies with fewer votes than in 2005.

Denis MacShane retained the Rotherham seat with a majority reduced by 13.4%.

Mr MacShane received 16,741 votes, with the Conservatives moving up from third place in 2005 to second place with 6,279 votes.

John Healey was re-elected in Wentworth and Dearne with 21,316. His majority over the Lib Dems, who received 7,396 votes, was 12.5% lower than in 2005.

In Rother Valley, Kevin Barron held on to his seat with a decreased majority over the Tories.

Meg Munn was re-elected in Sheffield Heeley. She received 17,409. Her majority over the Lib Dems was 18.5% lower than in 2005.

In Sheffield South East, Clive Betts was re-elected after winning 20,169 votes. Labour's majority over the Lib Dems in the constituency was 18% lower than in 2005.

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