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Landslide Sheffield victory for Labour as they win all six seats

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It was a landslide victory for The Labour Party in Sheffield as they won all six seats in the city.

Labour had been predicted to do well as people from across the city headed to the polls on Thursday (July 4). Despite this, the exit polls still came as a shock to many as they showed Labour with a massive majority and the Conservatives falling to just above 100 seats.

In Sheffield the biggest surprise came as Conservative Miriam Cates lost her seat in Penistone and Stocksbridge – which had been Sheffield’s only remaining conservative constituency.

Read more: Sheffield General Election LIVE as polls close, results are counted and MPs declared

The count is now underway in Sheffield

And the story is largely the same across South Yorkshire, with every single seat across the area now held by Labour.

Before the election, Labour controlled five out of six seats in Sheffield, with Louise Haigh, Clive Betts, Olivia Blake and Gill Furniss all fighting to be re-elected.

After 236,119 votes were cast by voters from across the city, they are now joined by two new Labour MPs – Abtisam Mohamed for Sheffield Central, who took over from Labour’s Paul Blomfield, and Marie Tidball, who took the Penistone and Stocksbridge seat from a glum looking Miriam Cates with 43.6 percent of the vote.

And it was well and truly a landslide victory for the party. Across many of the constituencies, Sheffield’s labour candidates won by a significant majority. In Sheffield Central, Labour MP Abtisam Mohamed secured 16,569 votes (52.1 per cent), while Conservative candidate Lucy Stephensone received just 2,339 (7.4 per cent).

Labour hold Sheffield South East with Clive Betts MP re-elected for a ninth time

Marie Tidball also managed to leap to victory with 43.6 per cent of the vote in Stocksbridge, while Louise Haigh was comfortably re-elected with 55 per cent of the vote in Heeley.

Talk of Olivia Blake’s Sheffield Hallam seat being taken by the Liberal Democrats was also dismissed. Analysis of the exit polls from Sky News suggested there was a 97% chance they would steal the seat. However the results revealed she won comfortably, securing 46.3 per cent of votes cast.

Marie and Abtisam were the first two to take to the stage to give their winner’s speech, with both candidates citing that “change” needs to happen now that Labour is back in power. Abtisam spoke about putting the conflict in the Middle East at the forefront of her agenda.

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The other labour winners also took to the stage to address the crowds, including Clive Betts who has been re-elected by Sheffield South East constituency for the ninth time, and Louise Haigh who has kept her seat in Heeley off the back of a nine year run.

Speaking at the podium, Betts said: “Tonight has been a great victory for the Labour party nationally. But the hard work begins now”, while Haigh reiterated plans to bring Sheffield’s buses and railway network back under public control.

For now, Rishi Sunak has conceded defeat, and a new government will be formed by Keir Starmer and the Labour Party as 14 years of Conservative Party rule come to an end across the UK. The next General Election seems a lifetime away, but Labour will know they need to make use of the mandate they have been given if they hope to be in power in five years time.

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