During election time voters can be bombarded by manifesto pledges and party political rows. We decided it was time to see the personalities behind the politics. The candidates in the race to be the new Sheffield City Region Mayor have each given us a glimpse into their private lives.
Dan Jarvis, Labour, is a keen runner.
“Whatever the stresses that modern life can bring, it’s always good to go for a run in the countryside; unwind, collect your thoughts and escape the complexities and grind of daily life.”
Hannah Kitching, Liberal Democrat, says being a mum is the most important job.
“This is a picture of me and my family at Cannon Hall Farm this winter. Family time is hugely important and Cannon Hall is a fantastic local attraction which we all enjoy - even when it is freezing cold.”
Ian Walker, Conservatives, loves the Outdoor City of Sheffield
I was born and bred in Sheffield and my wife and I brought up our four children here. We love the outdoor life that this region offers and I can often be seen out on my mountain bike – struggling up our many hills.”
Rob Murphy, Green Party, is a football dad
“Many years ago I used to play, but over the last 10 I've been watching my son play all over South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire. The worst was at the top of Graves Park in Sheffield when the wind was blowing so hard that as you tipped the cup, the coffee blew out of it before it reached your lips. The parents were huddled together on the touchline like 'March of the Penguins' and the referee blew the final whistle early so we could all go home.”
Mick Bower, Yorkshire Party, has always loved combat sports
“Growing up my hero was Muhammad Ali. Nobody who has seen me spar would ever call me The Greatest, but I enjoyed every minute and learnt a lot about myself. I still like to put the gloves on and hit the heavy bag at the gym. After throwing a combination I’ll even do a sly Ali shuffle if no-one’s watching.”
Naveen Judah, Save the NHS Party, is a talented chef
“This photo shows me en route to winning a choux pastry chef competition at Whiston Barn. It was a charity event with the Rotary Club and the prize was an expensive bottle of wine.”
David Allen, English Democrats, visited London for St George’s Day celebrations
The picture is at the Cenotaph in Whitehall after the Royal Society of St George parade for St George’s Day. Following this we attended a service in Westminster Abbey and enjoyed speeches and lunch in the Abbey restaurant and later drinks at the Army and Navy Club.