Lib Dems ‘paid price for the Coalition’ - Clive Betts

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Sheffield South East MP Clive Betts said the Liberal Democrats had ‘paid the price’ for being in the Coalition Government after he was elected again.

The Labour MP had a majority of 12,311 - an increase on his constituency result from 2010 - after the election results were announced at the English Institute of Sport in Attercliffe.

In 2010 his majority stood at 10,505,

Mr Betts said in his speech on the podium that he was concerned about the effects of austerity and spending cuts on Sheffield residents.

His result was announced after Sheffield Hallam, where Liberal Democrat Nick Clegg’s majority was slashed and his future thrown into doubt after the party’s woeful performance nationwide.

Mr Bettes said: “The Liberal Democrats have paid their price for their Coalition acts now but in the long term this city will pay the price over the five years to come.”

He was one of several MPs to voice concerns about the future effect of spending cuts imposed by the Government on South Yorkshire.

City leaders have long claimed that Sheffield has been unfairly targeted by cuts.

Sheffield South East is thought to be one of the safest Labour seats in the country.

This year it had eight candidates standing this year - including the city’s first and only Cannabis is Safer Than Alcohol candidate Jen Battersby.

She secured 207 votes on polling day.

But it was Ukip who came second place again, as the party’s candidate Steven Winstone secured 9,128 votes in the seat. Conservative candidate Matt Sleat was third and turnout slightly down.

Result

Turnout 60.42 per cent

LABOUR HOLD

Clive Betts (Labour) 21,439

Steven Winstone (UKIP) 9,128

Matt Sleat (Con) 7,242

Gail Smith (Lib Dem) 2,226

Linda Duckenfield (Green) 1,117

Jen Battersby (Cannabis safer than) 207

Ian Whitehouse (TUSC) 185

Matthew Roberts (Eng Dem) 141