Former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has lost his Sheffield Hallam seat to Labour’s Jared O’Mara in a shock election result.
Clegg, formerly leader of the Liberal Democrats, is one of the biggest political beasts to fall on a night when Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party have outperformed expectations. His defeat also bucks the national trend that has seen the Liberal Democrats increase their number of MPs.
O’Mara spoke of having wanted to be an MP since he was 15 and said: “I want you all to know that I am on your side.
“I want every single person to know I will stand up for you.”
He continued: “Let’s all go on this journey together.”
Clegg congratulated his successor and told the crowd: “It’s been the biggest privilege of my political life … In politics you live by the sword and you die by the sword.”
He also called on whatever parliament exists tomorrow to focus on what unites them, rather than what divides them.
It was widely expected that Clegg would hold onto the seat, but people at the count suggest the tactical Tory voters stuck with the Conservatives unaware of the peril he was
The new MP for Hallam is a passionate Corbynite and told South Yorkshire Briefing earlier this week that his connections to the city would play a role in beating Clegg.
Labour have now won the only seat in South Yorkshire which eluded them at the 2015 election, and finally taken Clegg’s scalp after Oliver Coppard ran him close two years ago.
O’Mara co-owns the popular West Street Live bar and music venue in central Sheffield