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 Sheffield Brightside
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
David Blunkett Labour 19,650 76.9 +3.4
Matthew Wilson Conservative 2,601 10.2 +1.8
Alison Firth Liberal Democrat 2,238 8.8 -5.8
Brian Wilson Socialist Alliance 361 1.4  
Robert Morris Socialist Labour 354 1.4 0.0
Anthony Suter UK Independence 348 1.4  
Majority 17,049 66.7
Turnout 25,552 46.7 -10.8
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 0.8% from Conservative to Labour

Description
Brightside is the most working class of Sheffield's six seats and is held by the Education and Employment Secretary David Blunkett.

At the time of the 1991 census, more than half the housing in this seat was still owned by the local authority - the highest figure in Sheffield, and indeed in the entire Yorkshire/Humberside region. The make-up of the seat is predominantly urban residential, although the blandness of the housing is relieved somewhat by the impressive views afforded from some of the city's seven hills. There is a little industry located on the eastern side of the seat, but unemployment here is twice above the national average.

Sheffield Wednesday's famous Hillsborough Football Stadium, (the scene of the 1989 tragedy), is located within this seat, rather than nearby Sheffield Hillsborough.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Sheffield Brightside
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
David Blunkett Labour 24,901 73.5
Francis Butler Liberal Democrat 4,947 14.6
Christopher Buckwell Conservative 2,850 8.4
Brian Farnsworth Referendum 624 1.8
Paul Davidson Socialist Labour 482 1.4
Richard Scott Natural Law 61 0.2
Majority 19,954 58.9
Turnout 33,865 57.5
 
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