Sheffield heads to the polls for local elections

Sheffielders will cast their vote tomorrow (Thursday) in elections to the city council as part of polls taking place in 230 authorities across England. 

For the first time, all those voting in-person at polling stations will have to show a suitable form of photo ID, such as passport or driver’s licence. A full list of acceptable ID can be found on the GOV.UK website. 

Twenty-nine out of 84 city councillors will be elected, with all areas of the city able to cast their votes at polling stations between 7am and 10pm. 

In Manor Castle, voters will elect two candidates, after the death of sitting councillor and former Lord Mayor of Sheffield Anne Murphy in December 2022. In all other areas, only one candidate will be elected. 

Results are to be counted and announced throughout the day on Friday, May 5, with the final results expected by 3.30pm. 

Labour, Liberal Democrats and The Green Party are currently in a coalition, leaving the council in no overall control.

However, backed by national opinion polls, Labour are looking to regain an overall majority, having previously lost it in 2021, a result largely attributed to the street trees scandal. 

Labour needs to gain four seats from the Liberal Democrats and Green Party to win a majority.

Senior Labour politicians have been seen around Sheffield in recent weeks as they attempt to win back key areas.

On Monday, Shadow Health Secretary Wes Streeting was seen campaigning out in Hillsborough, while Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves was out leafleting in Walkley last week. 

Senior politicians from other parties have also been around the city recently in a bid to boost support, such as Zack Polanski, Deputy Leader of the Green Party who has also campaigned in Walkley. 

The Conservatives, as well as the Trade Union and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) will also stand candidates in all but one of Sheffield’s wards, with Reform UK, Yorkshire Party, Social Democratic Party (SDP) and the Communist Party of Britain also being represented in some wards, as well as some candidates standing as Independents. 

For a full list of candidates and results, go to

Written by Alex Simpson

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