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 Sheffield Hallam
Other Liberal Democrat hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Richard Allan Liberal Democrat 21,203 55.4 +4.1
John Harthman Conservative 11,856 31.0 -2.1
Gillian Furniss Labour 4,758 12.4 -1.1
Leslie Arnott UK Independence 429 1.1  
Majority 9,347 24.4
Turnout 38,246 63.4 -9.0
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 3.1% from Conservative to Liberal Democrat
Lab-Con (against 1997) 0.5% from Conservative to Labour

Description
Like Hillsborough, its neighbour to the north, Sheffield Hallam includes little territory actually contained within the city of Sheffield. Instead, over half its area consists of rural land, much of it spreading into the picturesque Peak District. The seat also contains the plushest of all Sheffield's suburbs, and boasts the highest proportion of professional workers in England and Wales, with, correspondingly, an almost complete lack of manual workers.

Nearly 80% of those who work here are in middle-class occupations, 78% of homes are owner-occupied and unemployment is by far the lowest of the six Sheffield seats. This south western Sheffield seat also plays home to the leafy university areas of Broomhill, Ecclesal and Fulwood, which consist of dark stone mansions that punctuate rows of ultra-modern semi-detached housing.

Liberal Democrat success here in 1997 was the first time since its creation that the seat was not held by the Conservatives.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Sheffield Hallam
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Richard Allan Liberal Democrat 23,345 51.3
Irvine Patnick Conservative 15,074 33.1
Stephen Conquest Labour 6,147 13.5
Ian Davidson Referendum 788 1.7
Philip Booler Independent 125 0.3
Majority 8,271 18.2
Turnout 45,479 72.4
 
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