Sheffield councillor throws hat into ring

Cllr Harry Harpham cabinet member for homes and regeneration
Cllr Harry Harpham cabinet member for homes and regeneration
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The deputy leader of Sheffield Council has revealed he wants to stand for David Blunkett’s seat when he steps down as an MP.

Darnall Coun Harry Harpham confirmed he would be throwing his hat into the ring to replace the veteran MP for Brightside and Hillsborough.

The Star understands Coun Jack Scott, cabinet member for environment, is thinking about the idea but also has young children to consider.

Other council cabinet members are said to be weighing up their options.

Coun Harpham, who lives in Burngreave, said: “I will definitely be putting my name in. I have had approaches from a number of people and I am getting a lot of support.

“I am very sad that David is stepping down – he is a great MP. His are big shoes to fill.

“But I think I have the right qualities and capabilities to represent the area as he did.

“I have lived in the constituency for 20 years and my children also went to school and college there.”

Former Home Secretary Mr Blunkett revealed on Saturday his 45-year career as a politician would come to an end at the general election next year.

He said he wanted to quit while he could still give ‘100 per cent’ but would ‘miss it terribly’.

Sheffield people have shown their support for Mr Blunkett, who grew up in poverty in Parson Cross and went on to become Home Secretary in a colourful career.

He plans to remain in public service.

Angela Lane said: “Good luck for the future David. You were a fine politician.”

Carol Brown said: “A fab bloke.

“He intervened with the school when they wouldn’t deal with bullying.”

Steve Tagg added: “He has always put Sheffield first – a great public servant.”

And Sue Pickin said: “He was very good for Sheffield.

“He always looked after his own.”