‘Tragic’ national result for Labour, says Sheffield’s new youngest MP

General election 2015 Sheffield count at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield. Louise Haigh, Labour, Sheffield Heeley.
General election 2015 Sheffield count at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield. Louise Haigh, Labour, Sheffield Heeley.

Sheffield’s youngest MP Louise Haigh spoke of how the election result had been ‘tragic’ for Labour despite a good result in the city for the party.

Miss Haigh is likely to be one of the youngest MPs in the country after she was elected to Sheffield Heeley at the age of 27

However the ‘baby of the House’ title is likely to go instead to 20-year-old student Mhairi Black, who won for the Scottish National Party in Scotland.

Miss Haigh has filled the gap left by former Sheffield Heeley MP Meg Munn, who has stepped down after 14 years.

She said: “I’m very happy and excited, especially as we increased Labour’s majority in the seat from 5,700 to 12,954.

“It is a testament to how strongly the people of Sheffield Heeley feel about this Government and what it has done - that’s why the national picture is so devastating.”

Earlier in the night Miss Haigh had said she hoped that exit polls predicting a poor performance for Labour for for the Conservatives to hold most seats were incorrect.

After she was elected she said: “It is so much worse for Labour than we could have hoped for.To be in opposition for another five years is tragic.

“The Tories have got more public spending cuts, and the Liberal Democrats have done nothing but prop them up.

“The Labour party now needs to work with other parties to hold the Government to account over any further spending cuts.

“Obviously there is a younger crop of candidates this year which is good.

“ I do think it is really good that young people’s voices are represented.”

Ukip’s candidate came second in Sheffield Heeley - as the party also did in Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough - with a total of 7,315 votes.

There were six candidates overall and turnout was at 62.10 per cent, around the same in 2010 when Meg Munn stood for the final time.

Result

Turnout 62.10 per cent

LABOUR HOLD

Louise Haigh (Labour) 20,269

Howard Denby (UKIP) 7,315

Stephen Castens (Con) 6,792

Simon Clement-Jones (Lib Dem) 4,746

Rita Wilcock (Green) 2,566

Alan Munro (TUSC) 238

David Haslett (Eng Dem) 122