The Star says: Big changes as seats stay the same

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How quickly fortunes can change in politics.

Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband began the general election campaign as two of the biggest beasts in the political jungle - leader of the Liberal Democrats and deputy prime minister, and leader of the opposition, respectively.

And now they’re considering their future careers after the electorate turned on their parties and handed a majority in the House of Commons to the Conservatives.

Mr Clegg and Mr Miliband are still the constituency Members of Parliament for Sheffield Hallam and Doncaster North.

Some would say this is their most important job, even if they still had their previous responsibilities.

The pair spoke warmly in victory about their pride at being elected even though they knew their grander political careers were in ruins.

The general election brought about a result that neither experts nor the opinion polls predicted.

However, while the wider political sands were shifting, in our area it was as you were.

No seats changed hands from one party to another with Mr Clegg’s count being the closest to what could be perceived as a shock.

Over the years MPs from our region have played important roles in government and opposition. Former Home Secretary David Blunkett is one name that will be familiar to everyone.

With Mr Clegg and Mr Miliband resigning their leadership positions it will be interesting to see who the next ‘big name’ is.

Maybe it will be Barnsley Central MP Dan Jarvis, who is being tipped as a potential successor to Mr Miliband.

Mr Jarvis is a very impressive character and would certainly be a popular choice in Labour’s northern heartlands. Whether he wants the job is another matter entirely.

Speaking of big jobs the one facing Sarah Champion in Rotherham falls squarely in that category.

The good people of the town have placed their faith and trust in Labour – at local and national level – once again despite the horrific events that have taken place.

Miss Champion has worked hard to bring communities together and her reward was victory in the early hours of yesterday morning.

She’ll know more than anyone how much more work needs to be done.

We wish her and all our MPs well as they begin their terms representing us.