Farron pauses in Sheffield on whistle-stop tour

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron visited a Sheffield factory yesterday for a last-minute photo opportunity as campaigning hits the final 48-hour period.

Mr Farron was due to visit the Gripple plant in Carbrook with Nick Clegg, but the Sheffield Hallam MP’s appearance was delayed after his train hit a fallen tree.

The Lib Dem leader was instead shown around accompanied by Sheffield Central candidate Shaffaq Mohammed, by Gripple’s founder Hugh Facey.

Farron stopped to talk to workers and journalists at the employee-owned company on a tour that encompassed Southport, Cheadle and Welshpool either side of the South Yorkshire visit.

The factory itself is in the Sheffield South East constituency (formerly Sheffield Attercliffe) which has been held by Labour since they won it from the Liberal party in 1922.

South Yorkshire Briefing spoke to Mr Farron during his visit: