50 marginal constituencies
1 general election
Sheffield Central

For the final results in each of 50for15's constituencies, see this post.

What? Labour-Liberal Democrat marginal in 2010. In the Green Party’s top 12 target list.

Where? Inner-city area of the south Yorkshire city.

Why? In Nick Clegg’s city, how will the Liberal Democrat vote fare against Labour?

Previous election results


Data via the Guardian.

Labour majority in 2010: 165

The MP in the last Parliament – Paul Blomfield

Paul Blomfield, Labour MP for Sheffield Central

Paul Blomfield, Labour MP for Sheffield Central

First elected MP for Sheffield Central in 2010, Paul Blomfield (Lab) has lived in Sheffield since he was nine years old. He first got involved in politics in order to combat racism, and joined the Labour Party in 1978. In Parliament, he is Parliamentary Private Secretary to Hilary Benn, the Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. Full biography on Blomfield’s website.

@paulblomfieldmp

The challengers

Joe Otten, Lib Dem candidate for Sheffield Central

Joe Otten, Lib Dem candidate for Sheffield Central

Joe Otten (Lib Dem) is a councillor for  Dore and Totley, southern suburbs of Sheffield. He is also Lib Dem spokesman for Culture, Leisure and Sport. His blog, The Extra Bold Blog, has been going since 2006.

@JoeOttenX

Stephanie Roe is the Conservative candidate for Sheffield Central. Some details on YourNextMP.

Cllr Jillian Creasy, the Green candidate for Sheffield Central

Cllr Jillian Creasy, the Green candidate for Sheffield Central

Sheffield City Councillor Jillian Creasy (Green) moved to the city in the 1980s, and has worked as a GP for twenty-five years. Her campaigns on the council have included reviewing noise nuisance and persuading the Council to opt into the Government’s Sustainable Communities Act. Full biography on Creasy’s website.

@greenjillian

Andy Halsall, the Pirate Party's candidate for Sheffield Central

Andy Halsall, the Pirate Party’s candidate for Sheffield Central

Andy Halsall (Pirate Party) campaigns on civil liberties, mass surveillance, security, and social equality. Further details on the Pirate Party’s website.

@ajehals

Thom Brown, Above and Beyond's candidate for Sheffield Central

Thom Brown, Above and Beyond’s candidate in Sheffield Central.

Thom Brown (Above and Beyond Party) is a Politics and Philosophy student at Sheffield University. The main purpose of Above and Beyond is to demand that ‘None of the Above’ is an option available on all UK ballot papers. Further details on Above and Beyond’s website.

@ThomBrown19

Steve Andrew is the Communist Party candidate for Sheffield Central.

Steve Andrew is the Communist Party candidate for Sheffield Central.

Steve Andrew is the Communist Party candidate for Sheffield Central. In 2010, he stood in Sheffield South East, the first time the Communist Party had a candidate in the city since the 1979 general election.

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