If you’re one of the 21,000 people who live in Firth Park Ward, then in the May 2016 Sheffield Council election, 13 of the 14 candidates you could vote for lived outside your ward.
However, in a different part of the city, 71% of East Ecclesfield’s candidates lived within the ward.
In this post I’m going to look at the candidates in the 2016 Sheffield Council election and try to explore some interesting information about the people who stand for election as local councillors. I’m not making any judgements about the results of this information, but I do think it’s interesting to see the disparity across different areas of the city and between the political parties.
The data is from the ‘Sheffield City Council Statement of Persons Nominated May 2016‘, the maps were created using QGIS, maps for all wards are at the bottom of this post and in this Google Drive folder, I hope to make the source data available online soon.
Sheffield has 28 wards which were recently changed as part of a boundary review. There are 3 seats per ward, usually one candidate is voted on per year, but in May 2016 there was an ‘all out election’ where 3 people would be elected to each ward in one election.
There were 372 candidates from 8 parties (including independents, however only 1)
|Trade Unionist and Socialist||23|
Do councillor candidates live in the wards they’re standing in?
Of the 273 candidates, only 135 (36%) listed their home address as within the ward where they were standing, 237 (65%) lived outside the ward.
This varied across each ward, with Firth Park, Shregreen & Brightside, Richmond, Park & Arbourthorne Wards each only having one candidate living in the ward. All the way up to East Ecclesfield ward where 10 of the 14 candidates lived in the ward (71%).
|Ward Name||Live in Ward||Don’t Live in Ward||Candidates|
|Beauchief & Greenhill Ward||4||27%||11||73%||15|
|Broomhill & Sharrow Vale Ward||5||36%||9||64%||14|
|Crookes & Crosspool Ward||3||21%||11||79%||14|
|Dore & Totley Ward||7||54%||6||46%||13|
|East Ecclesfield Ward||10||71%||4||29%||14|
|Firth Park Ward||1||7%||14||93%||15|
|Gleadless Valley Ward||5||42%||7||58%||12|
|Graves Park Ward||4||36%||7||64%||11|
|Manor Castle Ward||7||58%||5||42%||12|
|Nether Edge & Sharrow Ward||5||38%||8||62%||13|
|Park & Arbourthorne Ward||1||8%||11||92%||12|
|Shiregreen & Brightside Ward||1||7%||13||93%||14|
|Stocksbridge & Upper Don Ward||9||64%||5||36%||14|
|West Ecclesfield Ward||7||54%||6||46%||13|
Some wards were home to a significant number of candidates. Walkley and ‘Dore and Totley’ wards were each home to 27 candidates, some parts of the city are home to many more political candidates than others.
Interestingly, 8 candidates lived in Firth Park Ward, even though 13 of the 14 candidates standing in that ward lived outside the area.
|Ward Name||Number of candidates for any council seat in Sheffield who live in ward|
|Dore & Totley Ward||27|
|Broomhill & Sharrow Vale Ward||23|
|Nether Edge & Sharrow Ward||22|
|Gleadless Valley Ward||18|
|Crookes & Crosspool Ward||14|
|East Ecclesfield Ward||14|
|Manor Castle Ward||13|
|Stocksbridge & Upper Don Ward||12|
|Graves Park Ward||10|
|West Ecclesfield Ward||9|
|Beauchief & Greenhill Ward||9|
|Firth Park Ward||8|
|Shiregreen & Brightside Ward||4|
|Park & Arbourthorne Ward||4|
|West Ward *Not in Sheffield||1|
|Hathersage and Eyam Ward *Not in Sheffield||1|
|Killamarsh West Ward *Not in Sheffield||1|
|Boston Castle Ward *Not in Sheffield||1|
How does this vary across the political parties?
UKIP had 45% of candidates living in the ward where they’re standing (above the citywide average of 36%) but the Conservatives had only 26% of candidates living in the ward where they’re standing (below the citywide average of 36%).
Overall, Conservatives, TUSC and Liberal Democrats are below the citywide average, and Labour, Green and UKIP are above the citywide average.
|Party||Live in Ward||Don’t Live in Ward||Candidates|
|Conservative and Unionist Party||26%||14||74%||39||53|
|Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition||26%||6||74%||17||23|
|UK Independence Party (UKIP)||45%||19||55%||23||42|