Candidates fighting for votes of Sheffield people in the general election have spelled out priorities through The Star.
Hopefuls standing across the city have written mini manifestos for our website to tell voters why they are standing on May 7.
The city’s only Cannabis is Safer than Alcohol candidate Jen Battersby, who is standing in Sheffield South East, says she has seen ‘how the medicinal use of cannabis can transform lives’ and ‘none of the other candidates are brave enough to talk about’ the issue.
In Sheffield Hallam, one of the most closely watched seats, former Liberal Democrat incumbent Nick Clegg says being the seat’s MP has been his ‘proudest role in politics and one I hope to continue for many years.”
But Hallam Ukip candidate Joe Jenkins said: “Integrity and honesty are two things which no longer seem to matter to politicians.”
In Brightside and Hillsborough, where veteran MP David Blunkett stood down, Labour candidate Harry Harpham says: “I know what its like to walk round my local supermarket adding up in my head what I am putting in the shopping basket so I have enough money at the checkout.”
In Sheffield Central, English Democrats’ candidate Elizabeth Breed said: “We should celebrate our Englishness, our culture and identity.”
Conservative Steven Jackson, standing in Penistone and Stocksbridge, says: ““I believe the people of Penistone and Stocksbridge deserve an active MP who puts local communities and their needs first.”
Heeley Green candidate Rita Wilcock said: “I see at first-hand how Government austerity policies are affecting the health and wellbeing of struggling communities. “