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 Sheffield Attercliffe
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Clive Betts Labour 24,287 67.8 +2.5
John Perry Conservative 5,443 15.2 -0.9
Gail Smith Liberal Democrat 5,092 14.2 -1.5
Elizabeth Arnott UK Independence 1,002 2.8  
Majority 18,844 52.6
Turnout 35,824 52.4 -12.3
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 1.7% from Conservative to Labour

Description
This long, thin but heavily-populated strip of a constituency that winds its way down the south east edge of Sheffield, offers some of the most bleak post-industrial vistas in England. Once the city's world-famous steelworks stood in this constituency but now there is only flattened ground and rubble. The seat's reliance on the steel industry was made all too apparent as it suffered economic catastrophe as the industry crumbled around it during the 1980s and 1990s.

Despite the loss of steel, residents in Sheffield Attercliffe may not have suffered as badly as first feared. As the old great buildings have been demolished and swept away, a new fresh image of the constituency has emerged beneath. The giant out-of-town Meadowhall shopping centre attracts literally thousands of visitors to the seat every day, as well as providing as great a source of employment as the old British Steel works at Tinsley did during the industry’s heyday.

The seat contains four wards, once of which – Darnall - contains some of the city’s few residents from ethnic minorities, in this case mostly Pakistani.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Sheffield Attercliffe
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Clive Betts Labour 28,937 65.3
Brendan Doyle Conservative 7,119 16.1
Gail Smith Liberal Democrat 6,973 15.7
James Brown Referendum 1,289 2.9
Majority 21,818 49.2
Turnout 44,318 64.7
 
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