Born in Pontefract, Schofield was elected MP for Barnsley at the 1951 general election. The incumbent, Frank Collindridge, had died during the campaign for that election, and Schofield was selected as the Labour candidate in his place with a 28,227 majority; polling day was delayed to 8 November.
Schofield resigned his seat less than two years later, on 21 January 1953, "because he did not like Westminster". and at the resulting by-election on 31 March, the future cabinet minister Roy Mason was elected as his replacement. Schofield died in Barnsley in 1992 aged 81.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Sidney Schofield
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| Member of Parliament for Barnsley
|Trade union offices|
| General Secretary of the Yorkshire Area of the National Union of Mineworkers
| Vice President of the National Union of Mineworkers
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