General Election 2017: Voters old and young looking to party policies in Sheffield Hallam

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Labour’s Oliver Coppard was about 2,500 votes away from unseating Nick Clegg from the Liberal Democrat’s only Sheffield seat in 2015.

This year Hallam constituency residents will once again have to choose between the former deputy prime minister, campaigning with renewed virgour after the Brexit vote, and candidates from Labour, the Conservatives, the UK Independence Party, the Green Party and the Social Democratic Party.

Jean Green

Jean Green

The Tories were a distant third two years ago, but still have support in the area. Jean Green, 93, from Crosspool, always votes Conservative in General Elections - although she votes tactically in local votes - and is unlikely to change when she goes to the polls on June 8.

“I have been a Conservative all my life,” she said.

“The only reason I vote tactically in the local elections is to keep some sort of opposition to Labour.”

The vote to leave the European Union is the main issue in Jean’s mind this year.

Stannington

Stannington

“I’m of the generation that voted us in,” she said. “What we voted for has become totally out of hand. There is too much influence in our lives.”

For Jean and MP’s role is not to deal too much with the smaller details of Sheffield life.

“We have our local forum to keep an eye on things,” said Jean. “I haven’t got any complains about local matters.

“I am voting for the party rather than the candidate because I agree with their policies. I think Theresa May will be a strong leader.”

Pat Malesa

Pat Malesa

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Jean has voted in scores of elections, but for 18-year-old Pat Malesa, from Whirlow, this will be the first.

He is studying politics at A-level, and plans to vote Labour next month.

“I’ve been looking at the manifestos,” he said. “The big one that might move me away from the Conservatives is social care.

“My grandparents need that. I don’t like the Conservatives’ philosophy in general.

“But it’s as much voting for Labour as it is against the Tories.”

Joyce White, 79, from Stannington, was worried about Conservative plans to take away winter fuel payments. She said she had never voted Labour but there was a ‘first time for everything’.

“When I was younger and having children I was doing three jobs a day to keep the family going,” she said. “My husband was gone all week working.

“We have earned that money. It would be despicable if they stop that.”

And Mark Johns, 58, from Ecclesall, said he would vote for the ‘sensible’ Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour.

“I think Jeremy Corbyn is honest - I don’t think he’s corrupt in any way,” said Mark.

Locally, Mark wanted to see more houses built in deprived areas.

“Sheffield wants to protect its nice areas and improve its worse areas,” he added.

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