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Shaffaq Mohammed: Lib Dems reflect on election defeats

Shaffaq Mohammed, leader of the Liberal Democrats on Sheffield, told Sheffield Live! the party will need to regroup after losing seats in the local elections. The Lib Dems lost Eccleshall to the Greens and lost Beighton to Labour, reducing their total number of seats on the Council to 27. Baillor Jalloh reports.

Greens gain Eccleshall from Lib Dems

Peter Gilbert, the Green Party candidate for Eccleshall, defeated incumbent Liberal Democrat councillor Roger Davison. The Greens lost Walkley to Labour, leaving their total number of councillors unchanged at 14. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

Tom Hunt: Labour pleased with election results

Sheffield Council leader Tom Hunt, speaking to Sheffield Live! said Labour were pleased with the local election results with the party gaining five seats overall. Sheffield will remain with no overall control, Labour having 35 councillors out of 84 seats. The Lib Dems lost two seats overall and are down to 27. The Greens are unchanged with 14 seats. Eight councillors sit as Independents. The Tories lost their only seat, with Stocksbridge and Upper Don a Labour gain. Baillor Jalloh reports.

Homelessness highlighted in Cathedral exhibition

An exhibition about homelessness brought new perspectives through multimedia artworks. The Black Eye Project collaborated with the Archer Project to create the event at Sheffield Cathedral. Sheffield Live! reporter, Isabelle Goodhand spoke to Jim Lobley, Creative Director of the Black Eye Project.

University centre launches new equity and inclusion scheme

The Centre for Equity & Inclusion at the University of Sheffield has launched a new programme for post-graduate researchers of minority backgrounds. The scheme offers training workshops, mental health and wellbeing support, and mentoring opportunities. Now in its second year, the research hub seeks to enhance the university experience for post-graduates of colour, while challenging racism within and beyond higher education. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

End of an era for Wilko stores

Wilko shops are to close across the UK tis weekend after the company went into administreation in August and failed to find a buyer. Employees at the high street chain’s store in Sheffield spoke to Sheffield Live! of their disappointment, describing the closure as “the end of an era”. Baillor Jalloh reports.

Man with the Pram up for Pride of Britain Award

Sheffield’s “Man with The Pram”, John Burkhill, is one of the finalists for the Pride of Britain Fundraiser Award. The announcement comes after Burkhill reached his goal earlier this year of raising £1 million for charity. Well-known in Sheffield, he is a familiar sight with an iconic green wig and pushing a pram, with a charity bucket, around the city centre streets. He hopes to win the award for Macmillan Cancer Support, the charity for which he has been fundraising since the loss of his wife, who died of cancer in 1992. Isabelle Goodhand reports for Sheffield Live!

Ukrainian pianist to feature at Nether Edge Festival

This year’s Nether Edge Festival will feature Ukrainian virtuoso pianist Daria Golovchenko, who is rebuilding her career after fleeing the war in Ukraine. Golovchenko originally trained at Kharkiv University of Arts after discovering a passion for piano at the age of five. The concert is one among many diverse events that make up the Ninth Nether Edge Festival, running from 16 to 24 September. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to Daria Golovchenko at a rehearsal for the event.

Chilean community mark 50th anniversary of military coup

The brutal coup d’etat in Chile on 11 September 1973 left thousands dead, many more in exile, and overthrew Salvador Allende’s democratically-elected government. Sheffield is among the cities that gave sanctuary to Chilean refugees. The Chilean community and friends held a march and rally on Saturday. Sheffield Live! reporter Steve Buckley spoke to organiser Maria Vasquez-Aguilar of the Chile Solidarity Network Sheffield.