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European Elections 2014: the full list of declared candidates for the South West

Tuesday, 1 January 2013
The next elections to the European Parliament for the constituency of the South West of England and Gibraltar will be held on 22 May 2014.

Ahead of the election, this page will be updated with the names of all candidates that have been declared as standing in the region.

There will be SIX MEPs elected in May 2014 using the d'Hondt method of party-list proportional representation.

The political parties are displayed below in alphabetical order.

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An Independence from Europe
  1. David Smith
  2. Helen Webster
  3. Mike Camp
  4. Andrew Edwards
  5. Phil Dunn
  6. John Taverner

British National Party (3.9% in 2009)
  1. Adrian Romilly
  2. Cliff Jones
  3. Arnold Brindle
  4. Wayne Peter Tomlinson
  5. Andrew Webster
  6. Giuseppe De Santis

Conservative Party (3 seats, 30.2% in 2009)
  1. Ashley Fox (incumbent MEP, 2009-)
  2. Julie Girling (incumbent MEP, 2009-)
  3. James Cracknell OBE (Olympic gold medalist)
  4. Georgina Butler
  5. Sophie Swire
  6. Melissa Maynard
Candidates campaigned and were elected by members of the party in the region through ballot to determine the list order. The results of the ballot were announced on 31 July 2013.

Incumbent MEPs Julie Girling and Ashley Fox have been reselected according to tweets dated 11 May. The full list is not yet known but as sitting MEPs they will top the list.

On 11 May 2013, Julie Girling tweeted: "Thanks to everyone for your support and reselection today as Conservative candidate in 2014. Bring it on!#voteconservative2014". Ashley Fox wrote on his Facebook page: "Pleased to report that both Julie and I were reselected".

MEP Giles Chichester is retiring and will stand down as an MEP.

English Democrats (1.6% in 2009)
  1. Alan England
  2. Mike Blundell
  3. Clive Lavelle
  4. Barbara Wright
  5. Stephen Wright
  6. Ray Carr

Green Party (9.3% in 2009)
  1. Molly Scott Cato
  2. Emily McIvor
  3. Ricky Knight
  4. Audaye Elesedy
  5. Henry Gent
  6. Judy Maciejowska
In July 2012, the Green Party announced that Molly Scott Cato will be their lead candidate to contest the European Elections in the South West in 2014. Molly, a Professor of Strategy and Sustainability at Roehampton University is also a District Councillor in Stroud. She is the party's Economics Spokesperson and Convenor of the Green Group on Stroud District Council.

According to the Green Party, if voting trends continue as they did in previous European elections Greens are “on course to win a seat in 2014”. (h/t @audaye)

Labour Party (7.7% in 2009)
  1. Clare Moody
  2. Glyn Ford (former SW MEP 1999-2009)
  3. Ann Reeder
  4. Hadleigh Roberts
  5. Jude Robinson
  6. Junab Ali
List of candidates for the region was announced on 8 April 2013.

There will now be an 'one member, one vote' (OMOV) ballot of party members in the region to rank the candidates in list order, possibly in June. A woman will be the top of the list. (h/t Jon Worth)

Liberal Democrats (1 seat, 17.2% in 2009)
  1. Sir Graham Watson (incumbent MEP, 1994-)
  2. Dr Kay Barnard
  3. Dr Brian Mathew
  4. Andrew Wigley
  5. Jay Risbridger
  6. Lyana Armstrong-Emery (candidate nominated by Liberal Party of Gibraltar)
Candidates campaigned and were elected by members of the party in the region through ballot to determine the list order. The results of the ballot were announced 2 December 2012.

Mebyon Kernow (1.0% in 2009)
The Party for Cornwall will not be presenting candidates in May 2014 because "the costs [are] prohibitive for a small party. Plus Cornwall is a tiny part of the 'region'".

UKIP (2 seats, 22.1% in 2009)
  1. William the Earl of Dartmouth (incumbent MEP, 2009-)
  2. Dr Julia Reid
  3. Gawain Towler
  4. Tony McIntyre
  5. Robert Smith
  6. Keith Crawford
UKIP announced its shortlist of six 'fruitcake-free' candidates for 2014 Euro elections on 12 August. The shortlisted candidates were subjected to a separate membership ballot to determine the order of the eventual list, the results of which were unveiled on 8 October.

Incumbent MEP William the Earl of Dartmouth has been reselected and will be head of the list in the region. MEP Trevor Colman is retiring and will stand down as an MEP.

There had been rumours that Neil and Christine Hamilton were being lined up to be next UKIP MEPs for the region - however in December 2012 Christine exclusively denied to me that she would be standing. Mr Farage apparently is planning a 'different leading role for the party' for Mr Hamilton.
Independent




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THURSDAY 22 MAY 2014


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