General Election 2017: Voters in Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough look for leadership

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Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough has been held by a Labour MP since it was created for the 2010 General Election.

Residents voted first for David Blunkett, then the late Harry Harpham, and most recently Mr Harpham’s widow Gill Furniss, who with 14,087 votes was elected with three times the support of her closest rival.

Susan O'Mahony

Susan O'Mahony

Next month Mrs Furniss will be challenged by candidates from the Conservatives, the Lib Dems, Ukip, the Social Democratic Party and the Workers Revolutionary Party.

Among those in the constituency who are likely to vote Labour is Susan O’Mahony. The 65-year-old, who lives in Hillsborough, is a lifelong Labour supporter - although she is not a fan of the current leadership.

“I don’t like Jeremy Corbyn but his policies seem good, so that’s the only reason I’m voting Labour,” she said.

“If he comes through then good, but if not he’s just like any politician.

Hillsborough Park

Hillsborough Park

“I have seen Gill Furniss around. She seems like one of us - working class.”

Susan’s priority areas in Hillsborough include keeping parks and public services available for all.

She said: “We need to make sure that the working class get what they are entitled to.

“I don’t mind them cutting benefits if it’s people who are abusing it. But for people who aren’t, then that’s wrong.”

Gary Barnes and Lena Woolas

Gary Barnes and Lena Woolas

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Student Lena Woolas, 44, is also unconvinced by the Labour leader, but has some time for Prime Minister Theresa May.

“I watched her speech and that turned me a little bit,” she said. “It’s because of Labour’s inaction, and also what the Tories are offering.

Dana Mahmoud

Dana Mahmoud

“I think it’s really good that they are trying to sort the social care and the vulnerable people. That’s what’s making me turn.”

Lena added: “Where I live in S5 the issue is probably the older people. There are a lot of vulnerable people in the S5 area.

“But I don’t know much about the local candidates.”

And Dana Mahmoud, a shop owner from Shiregreen, said he had never seen his MP - but would vote for Labour.

The 41-year-old added: “I’ve never voted before – it didn’t interest me – but this time I am going to vote.

“I believe that Jeremy Corbyn is the man to come to power now. Coming out of Europe, we need someone with a brain.

“Probably for the next five or six years the economy is in trouble. We are coming out of the free market and we need someone to fix all the problems.

“Some of my stock comes from Europe, especially meat. I’m not sure what the effect will be for now. But we need someone tough to make sure decisions that we need are made.

“I’ve not had any problems where I live so I’ve not needed my MP. I’m looking more at global issues.”

Look for the views of Sheffield Central voters in tomorrow's paper.

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