General Election 2017: Care and poverty key issues in Sheffield Heeley seat

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Sheffield Heeley was one of the safer Labour seats at the General Election in 2015, with Louise Haigh winning almost 13,000 more votes than her nearest rival.

The 29-year-old, who stood for the first time two years ago, will try to keep her seat when voters go to the polls on June 8.

Lauren Heatley and Safa Mohamed

Lauren Heatley and Safa Mohamed

She will face candidates from the Liberal Democrats, the Conservatives, the UK Independence Party, the Green Party and the Social Democratic Party.

Many constituency residents are thinking Labour again. Lauren Heatley, 24, from Gleadless, said her vote would go Jeremy Corbyn’s party.

“The things that Labour are standing for appeal to me,” she said.

“I’m a single mum relying on benefits to get me through the week, and I’m also a carer.”

Jonathan Marsden

Jonathan Marsden

Lauren cares for Safa Mohamed, 26, who relies on help to live her life.

“One of the Tory policies is that care is going to depend on how much people earn,” said Lauren.

“Safa could never afford the amount of care we give her.”

Lauren said she knew very little about Louise Haigh, but added: “It’s how the party is run and what they stand for that matters.”

Orlando Wright

Orlando Wright

Safa added: “The way the Tories talk about disabled people is completely wrong.

“If I didn’t have any care I wouldn’t be able to do anything myself.”

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Carole Cooper

Carole Cooper

Unemployed Jonathan Marsden, 47, from Richmond, said a lot of his friends were ex-Ukip and leaning towards the Conservatives, but he would be voting Labour.

“The NHS and education are big issues, as is housing,” he said.

Jonathan said he was a fan of his MP, adding: “Louise Haigh is really good. I have been to her office a few times and every time we have talked she has acted on what I have asked.”

Orlando Wright, who runs a stall on The Moor, voted Conservative in 2015. But the 57-year-old from Heeley said he was leaning towards Labour this time.

“I wasn’t convinced regarding Corbyn and I didn’t like the direction Labour were taking,” he said.

“But looking back at his history and what he has stood for, I look at him as a man of principle, courage and integrity.”

Deprivation is a big issue for Orlando. He said: “There are a lot of poverty-stricken people with no jobs in certain areas like Page Hall and Darnall, and so there are problems.”

And Carole Cooper, 71, from Gleadless, said she would continue to vote Conservative.

“We worked all our lives, seven days a week, my husband in the steelworks,” she said.

“We paid all our taxes.Where do we get a bit of care?”

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