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NICK Clegg is this morning considering his position as leader of the Liberal Democrats after his Sheffield Hallam majority was slashed - and his party devastated - in a dramatic election night.

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Nick Clegg prepares to speak after winning his Sheffield Hallam seat

Nick Clegg prepares to speak after winning his Sheffield Hallam seat

Mr Clegg’s own majority was cut from more than 15,000 to just 2,353 by Labour’s Oliver Coppard shortly after 4.30am,

The former Deputy Prime Minister was heckled and booed as he spoke from the podium at Attercliffe’s English Institute of Sport, and praised Mr Coppard for a ‘dynamic’ campaign.

Mr Clegg said it was ‘painfully clear that this has been a cruel and punishing night’ with ‘profound implications’ for the Liberal Democrats.

He added: “I will be seeking to make further remarks about the implications of this election for the country, and for the party, and for my position.”

Ballot boxes arrive for counting in the General Election in Sheffield.

Ballot boxes arrive for counting in the General Election in Sheffield.

He said he would be speaking to his party colleagues later this morning in Westminster before making an announcement.

Mr Clegg left the count immediately after the result and did not answer when asked if he would stand down.

When he arrived, media had crowded the entrance to the count, only for him to come in through a side door.

Other Liberal Democrat losses over the night included Business Secretary Vince Cable and Energy Secretary Ed Davey.

Ballot papers for the Doncaster count. Picture: Ross Parry Agency

Ballot papers for the Doncaster count. Picture: Ross Parry Agency

In Sheffield Lib Dem peer Lord Paul Scriven, former leader of Sheffield Council, said: “Of course I’m disappointed, not just here in Hallam to see Nick’s majority reduced but across the country where we’ve been seeing really good hard-working MPs go,

“Nick made it very clear that he is going to talk to the party so I wouldn’t want to speculate but I will say this, I am a close friend of Nick Clegg and he is a man who in the most difficult of circumstances stood up to the plate, sorted out the economy and stopped the Tories from doing some really unpalatable things.

“Now if the Liberal Democrats are not in Goverment and the Tories are, people will see the kinds of things the Tories want to do, and maybe in a few months or years they will look back and be a little more sympathetic and realise the kind of things he did to bring about a sense of fairness.”

The turnout in Hallam was 76.85 per cent, higher than in 2010, and it was reported that polling stations in student areas had been particularly busy.

Ballot papers for the Doncaster count. Picture: Ross Parry Agency

Ballot papers for the Doncaster count. Picture: Ross Parry Agency

Oliver Coppard, who secured 19,862 votes, was hoping to win the constituency for Labour for the first time in its history.

On polling day more than 200 people from across the country came to Hallam to aid his campaign.

Mr Coppard said after the result: “I’m really proud of the campaign we ran, and I’m really grateful for all the support we received.

“Of course I am disappointed - I think the result was close because people did feel let down but they have said very clearly what MP they want to represent the community and I wish him the best of luck.”

Labour’s Angela Smith more than doubled her majority after retaining PENISTONE AND STOCKSBRIDGE.

Ms Smith led with 19,691 votes and a majority of 6,723 - compared to 2010, when her majority was 3,049.

Ballot papers for the Doncaster count. Picture: Ross Parry Agency

Ballot papers for the Doncaster count. Picture: Ross Parry Agency

Speaking after the results were declared at around 6am, she said: “It feels really good to have more than doubled the majority but I will not rest on my laurels.”

The man to replace veteran MP David Blunkett admitted he had ‘enormous shoes to fill’ after easily securing victory for SHEFFIELD BRIGHTSIDE AND HILLSBOROUGH.

Harry Harpham, former deputy leader of Sheffield Council, said he was ‘very happy and very privileged’ to be the seat’s new Labour MP.

Mr Blunkett stood down this year after a political career which he started as a councillor, then leader of Sheffield Council, before becoming elected as an MP in 1987 and then rising through the ranks to Home Secretary,

Mr Harpham admitted that he had “enormous shoes to fill, as everyone has been telling me for the last six to seven months.”

Mr Blunkett joined him on the campaign trail.

He added: “We had a great campaign, right up until the end people were stopping us in the street and saying we are going to vote for you.

“Now I will be going down to the House of Commons on Monday to sort out an office everything else that I need to do their.”

Ukip candidate John Booker - who was the first Ukip councillor to be elected to Sheffield Council last May - came second place in the seat, with 8,856 votes.

BARNSLEY CENTRAL

Dan Jarvis (elected) Labour Party 56% 20,376

Lee Hunter UK Independence Party 22% 7,941

Kay Carter Conservative Party 15% 5,485

Michael Short Green Party 3% 938

David Ridgway Liberal Democrats 2% 770

Dave Gibson Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition 2% 573

Ian Sutton English Democrats 1% 477

BARNSLEY EAST

Michael Dugher (elected) Labour Party 55% 21,079

Robert Swiffen UK Independence Party 23% 9,045

Katharine Harborne Conservative Party 15% 5,622

Ruth Coleman-Taylor Liberal Democrats 3% 1,217

Tony Devoy Yorkshire First 2% 647

Kevin Riddiough English Democrats 1% 440

Ralph Dyson Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition 1% 364

Billy Marsden Vapers in Power 0% 103

CHESTERFIELD

Toby Perkins (elected) Labour Party 48% 21,829

Mark Vivis Conservative Party 18% 8,231

Stuart Yeowart UK Independence Party 17% 7,523

Julia Cambridge Liberal Democrats 14% 6,301

Matt Genn Green Party 3% 1,352

Matt Whale Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition 0% 202

Tommy Holgate Peace Party 0% 129

DON VALLEY

Caroline Flint (elected) Labour Party 46% 19,621

Carl Jackson Conservative Party 25% 10,736

Guy Aston UK Independence Party 23% 9,963

Rene Paterson Liberal Democrats 3% 1,487

Steve Williams Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition 1% 437

Louise Dutton English Democrats 1% 242

DONCASTER CENTRAL

Rosie Winterton (elected) Labour Party 49% 19,840

Chris Hodgson UK Independence Party 24% 9,747

Zoe Metcalfe Conservative Party 21% 8,386

John Brown Liberal Democrats 4% 1,717

Mev Akram Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition 1% 421

David Burnett English Democrats 1% 309

DONCASTER NORTH

Ed Miliband (elected) Labour Party 52% 20,708

Kim Parkinson UK Independence Party 23% 8,928

Mark Fletcher Conservative Party 18% 7,235

Penny Baker Liberal Democrats 3% 1,005

Peter Kennedy Green Party 2% 757

David Allen English Democrats 1% 448

Mary Jackson Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition 1% 258

Nick “Flying Brick” Delves Monster Raving Loony Party 0% 162

PENISTONE AND STOCKSBRIDGE

Angela Smith (elected) Labour Party 42% 19,691

Steven Jackson Conservative Party 28% 12,968

Graeme Waddicar UK Independence Party 23% 10,738

Rosalyn Gordon Liberal Democrats 6% 2,957

Colin Porter English Democrats 1% 500

ROTHERHAM

Sarah Champion (elected) Labour Party 53% 19,860

Jane Collins UK Independence Party 30% 11,414

Sebastian Lowe Conservative Party 12% 4,656

Janice Middleton Liberal Democrats 3% 1,093

Pat McLaughlin Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition 1% 409

Adam Walker British National Party 1% 225

Dean Walker English Democrats 0% 166

ROTHER VALLEY

Kevin Barron (elected) Labour Party 44% 20,501

Allen Cowles UK Independence Party 28% 13,204

Gareth Streeter Conservative Party 23% 10,945

Robert Teal Liberal Democrats 4% 1,992

Sharon Pilling English Democrats 1% 377

SHEFFIELD, BRIGHTSIDE AND HILLSBOROUGH

Harry Harpham (elected) Labour Party 57% 22,663

John Booker UK Independence Party 22% 8,856

Elise Dünweber Conservative Party 11% 4,407

Jonathan Harston Liberal Democrats 4% 1,802

Christine Gilligan Kubo Green Party 4% 1,712

Maxine Bowler Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition 1% 442

Justin Saxton English Democrats 0% 171

SHEFFIELD CENTRAL

Paul Blomfield (elected) Labour Party 55% 24,308

Jillian Creasy Green Party 16% 6,999

Stephanie Roe Conservative Party 11% 4,917

Joe Otten Liberal Democrats 10% 4,278

Dominic Cook UK Independence Party 7% 3,296

Steve Andrew Communist Party 0% 119

Andy Halsall Pirate Party 0% 113

Elizabeth Breed English Democrats 0% 68

Thom Brown Above and Beyond 0% 42

Mike Driver Workers Revolutionary Party 0% 33

SHEFFIELD, HALLAM

Nick Clegg (elected) Liberal Democrats 40% 22,215

Oliver Coppard Labour Party 36% 19,862

Ian Walker Conservative Party 14% 7,544

Joe Jenkins UK Independence Party 6% 3,575

Peter Garbutt Green Party 3% 1,772

Carlton Reeve Independent 0% 249

Steve Clegg English Democrats 0% 167

Jim “Stop the Fiasco” Wild Independent 0% 97

SHEFFIELD, HEELEY

Louise Haigh (elected) Labour Party 48% 20,269

Howard Denby UK Independence Party 17% 7,315

Stephen Castens Conservative Party 16% 6,792

Simon Clement-Jones Liberal Democrats 11% 4,746

Rita Wilcock Green Party 6% 2,566

Alan Munro Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition 1% 238

David Haslett English Democrats 0% 122

SHEFFIELD SOUTH EAST

Clive Betts (elected) Labour Party 51% 21,439

Steven Winstone UK Independence Party 22% 9,128

Matt Sleat Conservative Party 17% 7,242

Gail Smith Liberal Democrats 5% 2,226

Linda Duckenfield Green Party 3% 1,117

Jen Battersby Cannabis is Safer than Alcohol 0% 207

Ian Whitehouse Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition 0% 185

Matthew Roberts English Democrats 0% 141

WENTWORTH AND DEARNE

John Healey (elected) Labour Party 57% 24,571

Mike Hookem UK Independence Party 25% 10,733

Michael Naughton Conservative Party 15% 6,441

Edwin Simpson Liberal Democrats 3% 1,135

Alan England English Democrats 1% 309

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