Polls set to open for European Parliament elections

The European Parliament in Strasbourg. Photo: European Union EMN-140429-150406001
The European Parliament in Strasbourg. Photo: European Union EMN-140429-150406001
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Voters across the country head to the polls tomorrow (Thursday) to choose their representatives in the European Parliament.

We are part of the East Midlands region, which elects five MEPs via a form of proportional representation. The constituency covers Lincolnshire, Rutland, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire,

Current MEPs for the East Midlands are Bill Newton-Dunn (Lib Dem), Emma McClarkin (Con), Roger Helmer (Ukip), Derek Clark (Ukip) and Glenis Willmott (Lab). Derek Clark is standing down at this election but the remaining four MEPs will hope to retain their seats.

Of the main parties, the Conservatives say they are the only ones who are both willing and able to reform the European Union.

Lib Dem Bill Newton Dunn, the UK’s longest-serving MEP, says the Eurosceptic parties were putting millions of British jobs at risk and said his party was the only one making the case to remain a member of the union.

Labour has said its priority is not to leave the EU but to change it in order to help raise living standards for British families. The party’s number one candidate in the East Midlands, Glenis Willmott, is leader of the Labour group in the European Parliament.

And Ukip hopes its nominees will win the most votes on their pledge to leave the EU.

There will also be five other parties on our ballot papers, equating to a total of 41 candidates in the region.

The other parties include the pro-EU Green Party and four others who demand withdrawal.

Each party has put forward a list of candidates ranked in order. Seats are given to parties in proportion to the number of votes they win, starting from the top of the list.

For example, if Labour won 20 per cent of the vote in the East Midlands, the party’s number one candidate would get a seat. If the party won 40 per cent of the vote, candidates number one and two would be elected, and so on.

Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm on Thursday, May 22.

As with local and national elections, the European elections are administrated locally by councils.

Election authorities in our region are South Kesteven District Council, Rutland County Council and East Northamptonshire District Council.

Each council has a dedicated section of their website with information on the elections, including a full list of polling stations.

Registered voters will have received a polling card telling them where they should cast their ballot. Anyone with a postal vote should return it by 10pm on May 22.

The results will be announced once the other 27 European Union countries have finished voting on the evening of Sunday, May 25.


An Independence From Europe

1- Chris Pain,

2- Val Pain,

3- Alan Jesson,

4- John Beaver,

5- Carl Mason

British National Party

1- Catherine Duffy,

2- Robert West,

3- Bob Brindley,

4- Geoffrey Dickens,

5- Paul Hilliard

Conservative Party

1- Emma McClarkin,

2- Andrew Lewer,

3- Rupert Matthews,

4- Stephen Castens,

5- Brendan Clarke-Smith

English Democrats

1- Kevin Sills,

2- David Wickham,

3- John Dowie,

4- Oliver Healey,

5- Terry Spencer

Green Party

1- Kat Boettge,

2- Sue Mallender,

3- Richard Mallender,

4- Peter Allen,

5- Simon Hales

Harmony Party

1- Steve Ward

Labour Party

1- Glenis Willmott,

2- Rory Palmer,

3- Linda Woodings,

4- Khalid Hadadi,

5- Nick Brooks

Liberal Democrats

1- Bill Newton-Dunn,

2- Issan Ul-Haque Ghazni, 3- Phil Knowles,

4- George Smid,

5- Deborah Newton-Cook

UK Independence Party (Ukip)

1- Roger Helmer,

2- Margot Parker,

3- Jonathan Bullock,

4- Nigel Wickens,

5- Barry Mahoney.