VIDEO: Gordon Brown visits Sheffield to back Labour candidate Harry Harpham

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Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown visited Sheffield to give his backing to a Labour parliament hopeful.

Mr Brown joined Harry Harpham, Labour’s candidate for Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough, on the campaign trail yesterday.

Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown

Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown

During the day, he met home owner Anne Battersby at the new Brearley Springs development in Shirecliffe.

The housing project, a joint venture by Sheffield Council and community housebuilder Keepmoat, is made up of 47 houses with 305 more set for planning approval in May. The homes are aimed at first time buyers.

Anne, who has been living in the property for four months and bought using the help-to-buy scheme, said: “This is a great piece of trivia to tell people, that Gordon Brown was in my house.

“I fell in love with the house straight away and it’s so close to my family.”

Mr Brown, who was Prime Minister from 2007 to 2010, said: “Housing, jobs, and health, Labour has a lot to offer on these three big issues.

“Harry’s interest in housing and keeping rent under control make him a great spokesman for Sheffield. People want to see change.”

Mr Harpham, who is bidding to hold on to the seat for Labour after former Home Secretary David Blunkett stood down, said: “People want to stay in the area and with their families.

“Most people who have bought these homes live between one and three miles from here. We want to support these people and help them stay in the area.”

Mr Brown then joined Mr Blunkett and Mr Harpham for a question and answer session at Parkwood Academy in Shirecliffe.

Topics ranged from foodbanks and immigration to whether the government should get rid of Trident.

Mr Brown also gave a speech about current affairs and visited a social enterprise.