Lord David Blunkett former MP, Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough

“Gill has been a friend and a colleague as long as I can remember. She has represented on the council, the same local area (Southey Green) which I represented for 18 years before entering Parliament.

She understands and has voiced the hopes and fears, the aspiration and the challenges of those who deserve a better and more equal world in which to live.

I won't pretend we agree on everything - anyone who knows us both will know well that we don't - but her experience both on the council, in her working life and in Brightside and Hillsborough's communities will stand her in good stead.

I wish Gill every luck in taking her ability to represent people to the next level. It is understandable and commendable that she wants now to represent the area in which she lives, and the people who she has already been representing.”