European elections: eight parties to battle it out at the polls - see who is standing for the South West

REGIONAL JOB: Returning officer Paul Morris

REGIONAL JOB: Returning officer Paul Morris

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THE nomination deadline for May’s European Parliamentary elections came and went yesterday, signalling the start of what is expected to be an intense four-week campaign trail for the region’s candidates.

Eight political parties, each fielding half a dozen candidates, will battle it out at the polls for six South West MEP seats on May 22.

See who is standing and for which party in the South West region here

Borough of Poole’s returning officer Paul Morris, who will act as regional returning officer for the South West in the Euro elections, said: “In 2009 we experienced a sharp increase in the number of candidates standing at the European election in comparison to the 2004 election.

“This year we have returned to levels similar to 2004, with eight parties standing and no independents.

“This should see electors receiving a far more standard sized ballot paper when they go to their polling stations on election day.”

The parties putting forward candidates this year are the An Independence from Europe party; British National Party, Conservatives; English Democrats; Green Party; Labour Party; Liberal Democrats, and UK Independence Party (UKIP) Poole’s Lighthouse Theatre will be the regional count centre where results from across the south west will flood in after polling day.

The results will be announced at Poole Civic Centre after 10pm, May 25, when Italian voters finish at the polls.

Currently the South West has three Conservative MEPs, two UKIP MEPs and one Liberal Democrat MEP.

Mr Morris said: “Anyone over 19 who is eligible to vote has until Tuesday, May 6 to register with their local authority to ensure they are able to cast their vote on May 22.”

For full information on the elections visit boroughofpoole.com/europeanelection.

  • The European Elections differ from the UK Parliamentary Elections, as the list system for ballots is a form of proportional representation.

Unlike the UK’s ‘First Past the Post’ system, in the European Elections the seats get allocated to each party in proportion to the number of votes the party receives

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10:23am Wed 23 Apr 14

woby_tide says...

Some excellent candidates in that list, BNP represented by Giuseppe De Santis (along with other local candidtaes from Manchester and Lancashire), the South West Liberals represented by a person in Gibraltar, makes it all seem worthwhile to have such meaningful candidates
Some excellent candidates in that list, BNP represented by Giuseppe De Santis (along with other local candidtaes from Manchester and Lancashire), the South West Liberals represented by a person in Gibraltar, makes it all seem worthwhile to have such meaningful candidates woby_tide
  • Score: 2

10:51am Wed 23 Apr 14

George Bowling says...

woby_tide wrote:
Some excellent candidates in that list, BNP represented by Giuseppe De Santis (along with other local candidtaes from Manchester and Lancashire), the South West Liberals represented by a person in Gibraltar, makes it all seem worthwhile to have such meaningful candidates
Gibtraltar is part of the South-West constituency in the European parliament, so they are actually standing in their own area.
[quote][p][bold]woby_tide[/bold] wrote: Some excellent candidates in that list, BNP represented by Giuseppe De Santis (along with other local candidtaes from Manchester and Lancashire), the South West Liberals represented by a person in Gibraltar, makes it all seem worthwhile to have such meaningful candidates[/p][/quote]Gibtraltar is part of the South-West constituency in the European parliament, so they are actually standing in their own area. George Bowling
  • Score: 12

12:15pm Wed 23 Apr 14

woby_tide says...

George Bowling wrote:
woby_tide wrote:
Some excellent candidates in that list, BNP represented by Giuseppe De Santis (along with other local candidtaes from Manchester and Lancashire), the South West Liberals represented by a person in Gibraltar, makes it all seem worthwhile to have such meaningful candidates
Gibtraltar is part of the South-West constituency in the European parliament, so they are actually standing in their own area.
You learn something new everyday!

Hope I'm not mistaken with Eccles and Romford aswell though
[quote][p][bold]George Bowling[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]woby_tide[/bold] wrote: Some excellent candidates in that list, BNP represented by Giuseppe De Santis (along with other local candidtaes from Manchester and Lancashire), the South West Liberals represented by a person in Gibraltar, makes it all seem worthwhile to have such meaningful candidates[/p][/quote]Gibtraltar is part of the South-West constituency in the European parliament, so they are actually standing in their own area.[/p][/quote]You learn something new everyday! Hope I'm not mistaken with Eccles and Romford aswell though woby_tide
  • Score: 3

12:37pm Wed 23 Apr 14

George Bowling says...

woby_tide wrote:
George Bowling wrote:
woby_tide wrote: Some excellent candidates in that list, BNP represented by Giuseppe De Santis (along with other local candidtaes from Manchester and Lancashire), the South West Liberals represented by a person in Gibraltar, makes it all seem worthwhile to have such meaningful candidates
Gibtraltar is part of the South-West constituency in the European parliament, so they are actually standing in their own area.
You learn something new everyday! Hope I'm not mistaken with Eccles and Romford aswell though
No, you are not mistaken. My guess is there are only a very small number of people willing to have their names linked to the BNP on a ballot paper that they have to take candidates from anywhere.
[quote][p][bold]woby_tide[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]George Bowling[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]woby_tide[/bold] wrote: Some excellent candidates in that list, BNP represented by Giuseppe De Santis (along with other local candidtaes from Manchester and Lancashire), the South West Liberals represented by a person in Gibraltar, makes it all seem worthwhile to have such meaningful candidates[/p][/quote]Gibtraltar is part of the South-West constituency in the European parliament, so they are actually standing in their own area.[/p][/quote]You learn something new everyday! Hope I'm not mistaken with Eccles and Romford aswell though[/p][/quote]No, you are not mistaken. My guess is there are only a very small number of people willing to have their names linked to the BNP on a ballot paper that they have to take candidates from anywhere. George Bowling
  • Score: -1

12:52pm Wed 23 Apr 14

askquestion says...

what a choice ! no Greens then ? would never vote tory, or renegade liberal, and certainly not ukip with thier bloodsports stance and seeming hatred of animals generally. so i will stay indoors thank you.
what a choice ! no Greens then ? would never vote tory, or renegade liberal, and certainly not ukip with thier bloodsports stance and seeming hatred of animals generally. so i will stay indoors thank you. askquestion
  • Score: 1

1:11pm Wed 23 Apr 14

retry69 says...

askquestion wrote:
what a choice ! no Greens then ? would never vote tory, or renegade liberal, and certainly not ukip with thier bloodsports stance and seeming hatred of animals generally. so i will stay indoors thank you.
Well done that person,don't forget "it's your vote,DONT use it"
[quote][p][bold]askquestion[/bold] wrote: what a choice ! no Greens then ? would never vote tory, or renegade liberal, and certainly not ukip with thier bloodsports stance and seeming hatred of animals generally. so i will stay indoors thank you.[/p][/quote]Well done that person,don't forget "it's your vote,DONT use it" retry69
  • Score: 2

1:44pm Wed 23 Apr 14

HDI says...

askquestion wrote:
what a choice ! no Greens then ? would never vote tory, or renegade liberal, and certainly not ukip with thier bloodsports stance and seeming hatred of animals generally. so i will stay indoors thank you.
The Green Party is definitely on the list and will be getting my vote.
[quote][p][bold]askquestion[/bold] wrote: what a choice ! no Greens then ? would never vote tory, or renegade liberal, and certainly not ukip with thier bloodsports stance and seeming hatred of animals generally. so i will stay indoors thank you.[/p][/quote]The Green Party is definitely on the list and will be getting my vote. HDI
  • Score: -2

2:22pm Wed 23 Apr 14

George Bowling says...

HDI wrote:
askquestion wrote: what a choice ! no Greens then ? would never vote tory, or renegade liberal, and certainly not ukip with thier bloodsports stance and seeming hatred of animals generally. so i will stay indoors thank you.
The Green Party is definitely on the list and will be getting my vote.
They don't appear to be for the South West, but they are on the list in other regions.
[quote][p][bold]HDI[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]askquestion[/bold] wrote: what a choice ! no Greens then ? would never vote tory, or renegade liberal, and certainly not ukip with thier bloodsports stance and seeming hatred of animals generally. so i will stay indoors thank you.[/p][/quote]The Green Party is definitely on the list and will be getting my vote.[/p][/quote]They don't appear to be for the South West, but they are on the list in other regions. George Bowling
  • Score: -4

3:14pm Wed 23 Apr 14

SuperSnooper says...

UKIP will do very well with this election,, they seem to have captured the mood of the masses,, best of luck to them.
However, if a lot of people vote UKIP in the general election then those voters are actually voting for Labour,,, as in general UKIP takes more votes from conservative than any other party, so by splitting the Tory vote it would mean in many seats that labour would then win,,, which is ironic as labour are the only party that is not giving us a referendum on Europe,, so the irony is, in the general election a vote for UKIP is a vote to remain in Europe
UKIP will do very well with this election,, they seem to have captured the mood of the masses,, best of luck to them. However, if a lot of people vote UKIP in the general election then those voters are actually voting for Labour,,, as in general UKIP takes more votes from conservative than any other party, so by splitting the Tory vote it would mean in many seats that labour would then win,,, which is ironic as labour are the only party that is not giving us a referendum on Europe,, so the irony is, in the general election a vote for UKIP is a vote to remain in Europe SuperSnooper
  • Score: -3

4:21pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Lord Spring says...

retry69 wrote:
askquestion wrote:
what a choice ! no Greens then ? would never vote tory, or renegade liberal, and certainly not ukip with thier bloodsports stance and seeming hatred of animals generally. so i will stay indoors thank you.
Well done that person,don't forget "it's your vote,DONT use it"
Brussell and Greens I thought the where the same .
[quote][p][bold]retry69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]askquestion[/bold] wrote: what a choice ! no Greens then ? would never vote tory, or renegade liberal, and certainly not ukip with thier bloodsports stance and seeming hatred of animals generally. so i will stay indoors thank you.[/p][/quote]Well done that person,don't forget "it's your vote,DONT use it"[/p][/quote]Brussell and Greens I thought the where the same . Lord Spring
  • Score: -3

4:40pm Wed 23 Apr 14

HDI says...

George Bowling wrote:
HDI wrote:
askquestion wrote: what a choice ! no Greens then ? would never vote tory, or renegade liberal, and certainly not ukip with thier bloodsports stance and seeming hatred of animals generally. so i will stay indoors thank you.
The Green Party is definitely on the list and will be getting my vote.
They don't appear to be for the South West, but they are on the list in other regions.
They definitely are, as mentioned in the story and the PDF file it links to. The South West is one of their target regions, having been less than 1% short of winning one of the seats in 2009.
[quote][p][bold]George Bowling[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HDI[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]askquestion[/bold] wrote: what a choice ! no Greens then ? would never vote tory, or renegade liberal, and certainly not ukip with thier bloodsports stance and seeming hatred of animals generally. so i will stay indoors thank you.[/p][/quote]The Green Party is definitely on the list and will be getting my vote.[/p][/quote]They don't appear to be for the South West, but they are on the list in other regions.[/p][/quote]They definitely are, as mentioned in the story and the PDF file it links to. The South West is one of their target regions, having been less than 1% short of winning one of the seats in 2009. HDI
  • Score: 4

6:41pm Wed 23 Apr 14

muscliffman says...

SuperSnooper wrote:
UKIP will do very well with this election,, they seem to have captured the mood of the masses,, best of luck to them.
However, if a lot of people vote UKIP in the general election then those voters are actually voting for Labour,,, as in general UKIP takes more votes from conservative than any other party, so by splitting the Tory vote it would mean in many seats that labour would then win,,, which is ironic as labour are the only party that is not giving us a referendum on Europe,, so the irony is, in the general election a vote for UKIP is a vote to remain in Europe
Not so simple!

Don't overlook that If Scotland vote for independence in September any UK Labour Government that might be voted into power in 2015 would almost certainly be the last and the also amongst the briefest.

Because if Scotland formally became independent from our UK Parliament in May 2016 (the proposed date) at that same time all the UK Scottish MP's would have to retire from it.

If Labour were in power their majority would unquestionably be wiped out overnight and either the other Party's in the House would hastily form a new Government (Tory/UKIP coalition etc?) or an immediate General Election would have to be called.

Either way without their huge Scottish vote the Labour Party have virtually no chance of ever being returned to power in a new smaller 'English' Westminster during any of our lifetimes.

It makes you wonder why the English Tory's and UKIP are not backing the SNP, then again who knows.....!
[quote][p][bold]SuperSnooper[/bold] wrote: UKIP will do very well with this election,, they seem to have captured the mood of the masses,, best of luck to them. However, if a lot of people vote UKIP in the general election then those voters are actually voting for Labour,,, as in general UKIP takes more votes from conservative than any other party, so by splitting the Tory vote it would mean in many seats that labour would then win,,, which is ironic as labour are the only party that is not giving us a referendum on Europe,, so the irony is, in the general election a vote for UKIP is a vote to remain in Europe[/p][/quote]Not so simple! Don't overlook that If Scotland vote for independence in September any UK Labour Government that might be voted into power in 2015 would almost certainly be the last and the also amongst the briefest. Because if Scotland formally became independent from our UK Parliament in May 2016 (the proposed date) at that same time all the UK Scottish MP's would have to retire from it. If Labour were in power their majority would unquestionably be wiped out overnight and either the other Party's in the House would hastily form a new Government (Tory/UKIP coalition etc?) or an immediate General Election would have to be called. Either way without their huge Scottish vote the Labour Party have virtually no chance of ever being returned to power in a new smaller 'English' Westminster during any of our lifetimes. It makes you wonder why the English Tory's and UKIP are not backing the SNP, then again who knows.....! muscliffman
  • Score: 4

6:46pm Wed 23 Apr 14

retry69 says...

Lord Spring wrote:
retry69 wrote:
askquestion wrote:
what a choice ! no Greens then ? would never vote tory, or renegade liberal, and certainly not ukip with thier bloodsports stance and seeming hatred of animals generally. so i will stay indoors thank you.
Well done that person,don't forget "it's your vote,DONT use it"
Brussell and Greens I thought the where the same .
Aren't they an old variety club act not unlike most of our politicians :)
[quote][p][bold]Lord Spring[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]retry69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]askquestion[/bold] wrote: what a choice ! no Greens then ? would never vote tory, or renegade liberal, and certainly not ukip with thier bloodsports stance and seeming hatred of animals generally. so i will stay indoors thank you.[/p][/quote]Well done that person,don't forget "it's your vote,DONT use it"[/p][/quote]Brussell and Greens I thought the where the same .[/p][/quote]Aren't they an old variety club act not unlike most of our politicians :) retry69
  • Score: 0

6:59pm Wed 23 Apr 14

pete woodley says...

Conning Burns has put me off national politics,Yuck.
Conning Burns has put me off national politics,Yuck. pete woodley
  • Score: 4

7:44am Thu 24 Apr 14

SuperSnooper says...

muscliffman wrote:
SuperSnooper wrote:
UKIP will do very well with this election,, they seem to have captured the mood of the masses,, best of luck to them.
However, if a lot of people vote UKIP in the general election then those voters are actually voting for Labour,,, as in general UKIP takes more votes from conservative than any other party, so by splitting the Tory vote it would mean in many seats that labour would then win,,, which is ironic as labour are the only party that is not giving us a referendum on Europe,, so the irony is, in the general election a vote for UKIP is a vote to remain in Europe
Not so simple!

Don't overlook that If Scotland vote for independence in September any UK Labour Government that might be voted into power in 2015 would almost certainly be the last and the also amongst the briefest.

Because if Scotland formally became independent from our UK Parliament in May 2016 (the proposed date) at that same time all the UK Scottish MP's would have to retire from it.

If Labour were in power their majority would unquestionably be wiped out overnight and either the other Party's in the House would hastily form a new Government (Tory/UKIP coalition etc?) or an immediate General Election would have to be called.

Either way without their huge Scottish vote the Labour Party have virtually no chance of ever being returned to power in a new smaller 'English' Westminster during any of our lifetimes.

It makes you wonder why the English Tory's and UKIP are not backing the SNP, then again who knows.....!
Yes,, you are right on that,,, and yes why are the Tories not supporting Scottish independence ?
You sort of feel like we are only getting half the story on the reasons,, Cameron should be out there getting everyone to support independence but instead he is doing the opposite ? Most strange...
[quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SuperSnooper[/bold] wrote: UKIP will do very well with this election,, they seem to have captured the mood of the masses,, best of luck to them. However, if a lot of people vote UKIP in the general election then those voters are actually voting for Labour,,, as in general UKIP takes more votes from conservative than any other party, so by splitting the Tory vote it would mean in many seats that labour would then win,,, which is ironic as labour are the only party that is not giving us a referendum on Europe,, so the irony is, in the general election a vote for UKIP is a vote to remain in Europe[/p][/quote]Not so simple! Don't overlook that If Scotland vote for independence in September any UK Labour Government that might be voted into power in 2015 would almost certainly be the last and the also amongst the briefest. Because if Scotland formally became independent from our UK Parliament in May 2016 (the proposed date) at that same time all the UK Scottish MP's would have to retire from it. If Labour were in power their majority would unquestionably be wiped out overnight and either the other Party's in the House would hastily form a new Government (Tory/UKIP coalition etc?) or an immediate General Election would have to be called. Either way without their huge Scottish vote the Labour Party have virtually no chance of ever being returned to power in a new smaller 'English' Westminster during any of our lifetimes. It makes you wonder why the English Tory's and UKIP are not backing the SNP, then again who knows.....![/p][/quote]Yes,, you are right on that,,, and yes why are the Tories not supporting Scottish independence ? You sort of feel like we are only getting half the story on the reasons,, Cameron should be out there getting everyone to support independence but instead he is doing the opposite ? Most strange... SuperSnooper
  • Score: 1

9:59am Thu 24 Apr 14

George Bowling says...

HDI wrote:
George Bowling wrote:
HDI wrote:
askquestion wrote: what a choice ! no Greens then ? would never vote tory, or renegade liberal, and certainly not ukip with thier bloodsports stance and seeming hatred of animals generally. so i will stay indoors thank you.
The Green Party is definitely on the list and will be getting my vote.
They don't appear to be for the South West, but they are on the list in other regions.
They definitely are, as mentioned in the story and the PDF file it links to. The South West is one of their target regions, having been less than 1% short of winning one of the seats in 2009.
I apologise and stand corrected.The link didn't work on my laptop so i did my own (rather poor as it turns out) research. Good to see the Green's on there as it gives a little more choice.
[quote][p][bold]HDI[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]George Bowling[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HDI[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]askquestion[/bold] wrote: what a choice ! no Greens then ? would never vote tory, or renegade liberal, and certainly not ukip with thier bloodsports stance and seeming hatred of animals generally. so i will stay indoors thank you.[/p][/quote]The Green Party is definitely on the list and will be getting my vote.[/p][/quote]They don't appear to be for the South West, but they are on the list in other regions.[/p][/quote]They definitely are, as mentioned in the story and the PDF file it links to. The South West is one of their target regions, having been less than 1% short of winning one of the seats in 2009.[/p][/quote]I apologise and stand corrected.The link didn't work on my laptop so i did my own (rather poor as it turns out) research. Good to see the Green's on there as it gives a little more choice. George Bowling
  • Score: 1

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