London European Region

2014 Election
2014 Results
1. Claude Moraes (Labour) 806959 36.7% (+15.4%)
2. Syed Kamall (Conservative) 495639 22.5% (-4.8%)
3. Mary Honeyball (Labour) (403480)
4. Gerard Batten (UKIP) 371133 16.9% (+6.1%)
5. Lucy Anderson (Labour) (268986)
6. Charles Tannock (Conservative) (247820)
7. Seb Dance (Labour) (201740)
8. Jean Lambert (Green) 196419 8.9% (-2%)
. (Liberal Democrat) 148013 6.7% (-7%)
. (4 Freedoms) 28014 1.3% (n/a)
. (Independence from Europe) 26675 1.2% (n/a)
. (Christian Peoples Alliance) 23702 1.1% (-1.9%)
. (National Health Action) 23253 1.1% (n/a)
. (Animal Welfare) 21092 1% (n/a)
. (BNP) 19246 0.9% (-4.1%)
. (Europeans) 10712 0.5% (n/a)
. (English Democrats) 10142 0.5% (-0.9%)
. (Communities United) 6951 0.3% (n/a)
. (National Liberal) 6736 0.3% (n/a)
. (No2EU) 3804 0.2% (n/a)
. (Harmony) 1985 0.1% (n/a)
Current sitting MEPs
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Claude Moraes (Labour) Born India. Educated at Dundee University. Prior to his election was director of the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants. MEP for London since 1999.
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Syed Kamall (Conservative) Born 1967, London. Educated at Latymer School and Liverpool University. Former business consultant. Contested London assembly elections 2000, West Ham 2001. MEP for London since 2005, succeeding Theresa Villiers upon her election to Parliament.
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Mary Honeyball (Labour) Born 1953, Weymouth. Prior to her election was the General Secretary of the Association of Chief Officers of Probation. MEP for London since 2000, when she succeeded upon the resignation of Pauline Green.
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Gerard Batten (UKIP) Born 1954, London. Former British Telecom salesman. Contested Barking by-election 1994, Harlow 1997, West Ham 2001, Dagenham 2005. Contested London mayoralty 2008. MEP for the London Region since 2004.
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Lucy Anderson (Labour) Trade Union officer. Former Camden councillor. MEP for London since 2014
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Charles Tannock (Conservative) Born 1957, Aldershot. Educated at Bradfield College and Oxford University. Former consultant psychiatrist. MEP for London since 1999.
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Seb Dance (Labour) Born in London. Charity worker and former special advisor to Sean Woodward. MEP for London since 2014
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Jean Lambert (Green) Born 1950, Orsett. Former teacher. MEP for London since 1999. Principle speaker of the Green party between 1992-1993 and 1998-1999.

Full candidates for the 2014 European election are here.

2009 Election
2009 Results
1. Charles Tannock (Conservative) 479037 27.4% (+0.6%)
2. Claude Moraes (Labour) 372590 21.3% (-3.5%)
3. Sarah Ludford (Liberal Democrat) 240156 13.7% (-1.6%)
4. Syed Kamall (Conservative) (239519)
5. Jean Lambert (Green) 190589 10.9% (+2.5%)
6. Gerard Batten (UKIP) 188440 10.8% (-1.6%)
7. Mary Honeyball (Labour) (186295)
8. Marina Yannakoudakis (Conservative) (159679)
. (BNP) 86420 4.9% (+0.9%)
. (Christian) 51336 2.9% (n/a)
. Jan Jananayagam (Independent) 50014 2.9% (n/a)
. (English Democrats) 24477 1.4% (+0.6%)
. (No2EU) 17758 1% (n/a)
. (Socialist Labour) 15306 0.9% (n/a)
. (Libertas) 8444 0.5% (n/a)
. (Jury Team) 7284 0.4% (n/a)
. Steven Cheung (Independent) 4918 0.3% (n/a)
. (Socialist (GB)) 4050 0.2% (n/a)
. (Yes2Europe) 3384 0.2% (-0.2%)
. Sohale Rahman (Independent) 3248 0.2
. Gene Alcantara (Independent) 1972 0.1
. Haroon Saad (Independent) 1603 0.1% (n/a)
Current sitting MEPs
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Charles Tannock (Conservative) Born 1957, Aldershot. Educated at Bradfield College and Oxford University. Former consultant psychiatrist. MEP for London since 1999.
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Claude Moraes (Labour) Born India. Educated at Dundee University. Prior to his election was director of the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants. MEP for London since 1999.
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Sarah Ludford (Liberal Democrat) Born 1951. Former Islington councillor. Life peer since 1997. MEP for London since 1999.
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Syed Kamall (Conservative) Born 1967, London. Educated at Latymer School and Liverpool University. Former business consultant. Contested London assembly elections 2000, West Ham 2001. MEP for London since 2005, succeeding Theresa Villiers upon her election to Parliament.
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Jean Lambert (Green) Born 1950, Orsett. Former teacher. MEP for London since 1999. Principle speaker of the Green party between 1992-1993 and 1998-1999.
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Gerard Batten (UKIP) Born 1954, London. Former British Telecom salesman. Contested Barking by-election 1994, Harlow 1997, West Ham 2001, Dagenham 2005. Contested London mayoralty 2008. MEP for the London Region since 2004.
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Mary Honeyball (Labour) Born 1953, Weymouth. Prior to her election was the General Secretary of the Association of Chief Officers of Probation. MEP for London since 2000, when she succeeded upon the resignation of Pauline Green.
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Marina Yannakoudakis (Conservative) Born 1956, Paddington. Educated at Brunel University. Barnet councillor 2006-2010. MEP for London since 2009.


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Comments - 306 Responses on “Europe London”
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  1. The 2 Labour MEPs are re-standing and will top their list.

    The other 6 Labour names are

    Sanchia Alasia (Barking Cllr)
    Lucy Anderson (former Camden Cllr; former Barnet & Camden Assembly candidate, worked at transport department of the Greater London Authority under Ken)
    Ivana Bartoletti (Hackney activist, Deputy Director of the Fabian Women’s Networkand the founding editor of Fabiana magazine http://www.ivanabartoletti.co.uk/)
    Andrea Biondi (former PD candidate at Italian elections for ex pats constituency!)
    Seb Dance (former SpAd to Woodward, partner of Spencer Livermore, ex SpAd to Brown)
    Kamaljeet Jandu (GMB Equality Officer, shortlisted for Feltham & Heston)

    The number three spot (which is crucial as it’s winnable) will go to highest polling candidate in their members’ ballot. Then they will go on with gender zipped lists.

  2. Article on Labour Uncut bemoaning apparant “stitch ups” including suggesting Anne Fairweather is not on the London shortlist: due to her having a business background:

    http://labour-uncut.co.uk/2013/04/11/why-has-ed-allowed-the-unions-to-stitch-up-the-euro-candidate-selections-what-happened-to-the-new-politics/#more-16143

  3. As a Labour party member I am furious about the selection process. Seems to be a bunch of union backed or New Labour insiders with no idea of the real world. Some of them have no idea about how the EU works or what policies the EU is responsible for. Seb Dance for example says he wants to reform EU institutions but doesn’t say what reforms he wants or how he’ll try and get it. On his website all his three priorities are rubbish. Number one is an economy that works for the many not the few. Great idea that 99.99% of the population would agree with. Work place rights guaranteed. Great and probably EU related but no details. Economic and social justice for all – not the Tories tax cut for millionaires. The EU doesn’t set income tax levels or any tax levels for that matter. Is Mr Dance suggesting the European Parliament should set UK income tax levels? He’s only on the list because he’s a New Labour insider, former SPAD to Shaun Woodward and partner of a former Gordon Brown SPAD. He will be last on my list!

  4. Same seat distribution as before, but with 1 Labour gain from Conservative

  5. I agree with Neil.

    UKIP are likely to increase their vote, but hard to see where an extra seat would come from for them – unless they can get double the Lib Dem vote, which looks a tough ask.

  6. The places where UKIP could achieve increased support are increasingly small as a percentage of Greater London, and are anyway places where UKIP will already have done quite well in 2009.

    Havering, Bexley, Bromley, Eltham, South Croydon, Sutton, Uxbridge, Ruislip and Chingford. I would guess UKIP have almost no significant potential outside of these areas, which I would think constitute no more than 20% of the Greater London electorate.

  7. I actually think it is possible that the seat Labour inevitably pick up may come from the Greens, with the Conservatives holding onto their 3rd seat on around 24% of the vote.

    Close run thing. The near certainties are 3 Lab, 2 Con, 1 UKIP, 1 LD. The 8th seat is a very tight toss up between Green and Con3.

  8. Why are the Greens not doing rather better?
    With the LD vote down
    and the Tories and Labour performing rather lacklustre.

    By now, they should be a 10%+ party.

  9. I think the Greens will probably outpoll the Lib Dems in London in the Euros.

    It will be like the GLA elections, where the Lib Dem vote melted away.

    Certainly the Greens will hold on to their seat but the Lib Dems might not. Their best bet might be appealing to the liberal/business Tory vote, which is quite prominent in London and possibly becoming alienated by the possibility of leaving the EU. UKIP will hold their one seat but can’t go much higher due to demographics.

  10. As per Andrea, here are the Conservative candidates:

    Reselected MEPs to be in the top 3:

    Syed Kamall (MEP since 2004)
    Charles Tannock (MEP since 1999)
    Marina Yannakoudakis (MEP since 2009)

    New candidates for the rest of the list:

    Annesley Abercorn – stood in Hazel Grove 2010
    Caroline Attfield – stood in Lewisham local e;lections 2010
    Glyn Chambers – stood in Vauxhall 2010
    Lynne Hack – Reigate Cllr
    Sheila Lawlor – Was on “A List”, stood in Cambridgeshire local elections 2013
    Warwick Lightfoot – Kensington & Chelsea Cllr, stood in Liverpool Mossley Hill 1987 and SE Cornwall 1997
    Anthony Samuels – Treasurer of the Bow Group, stood in NW England in 2009 Euros

  11. Conservative ranking

    1. Syed Kamall MEP
    2. Charles Tannock MEP
    3. Marina Yannakoudakis MEP
    4. Caroline Attfield
    5. Lynne Hack
    6. Sheila Lawlor
    7. Glyn Chambers
    8. Annesley Abercorn

    So Kamall and Tannock are safe. Yannakoudakis is the one on real dangerous ground.

  12. Thanks for the information Andrea.

  13. Lynne Hack was also on the A-list.

    I remember her from the open primary in Beckenham in 2009, which I went to.

    Trying to be somewhat tactful, she is quite substantial in size, and it was quite obvious from her performance that day that she was just making up the female numbers. She either came last or very nearly last, can’t remember which.

    And why does Warwick Lightfoot keep on trying? He always seems to be rejected for whatever he tries for, even lower level positions like a GLA seat. His name suggests that he is quite a posh character, but actually I remember him sounding quite cockney…perhaps that’s something to do with it.

  14. I remember seeing his mournful expression at Liverpool Mossley Hill in 1987.

  15. He also stood in SE Cornwall in 1997

  16. ConHome reports that there’s a party rule preventing Euro candidates from seeking selection as PPCs.

    In Yorkshire one place is unfilled because some low ranked candidates refused their position on the list.

    So Warwick Lightfoot doesn’t appear on the list because 1) either he finished in one of the 2 bottom position or 2) he was ranked higher but not satisfied with his spot, he refused it

    However 2 doesn’t make much sense in London as I doubt even the most optimistic Tories could think they are likely to get 4 seats next year.

  17. Winning 4 seats next year – hmm – I don’t want to have to change my name to Gloy

  18. I think these lists are so silly it’s not really worth putting up more than about 5 candidates.

    I don’t see it as the same logic as putting up a candidate in every unwinnable ward or parliamentary seat – which we should do, as should Labour.

  19. Looking at the percentages, it is just about possible that the Lib Dems could lose their only seat, but I think that would require a fall in share to about 6 or 7% – which is credible but perhaps a little too steep.
    They could therefore be the source of the Labour gain.

    The Tories I think have to hold within a 3% drop as absolute max I’d have thought to retain 3 seats.

  20. Labour list

    1 Claude Moraes MEP
    2 Mary Honeyball MEP
    3 Lucy Anderson
    4 Seb Dance
    5 Ivana Bartoletti
    6 Kamaljeet Jandy
    7 Sanchia Alasia
    8 Andrea Biondi

  21. UKIP candidates:

    Paul Oakley – Chair of Greenwich UKIP
    Gerard Batten – MEP since 2004
    Andrew McNeilis – COO of Phaidon International
    Anthony Brown – Suffolk cllr
    Elizabeth Jones – Brixon-based solicitor
    Lawrence Webb – Havering cllr, stood in London Mayoral election 2012
    Alastair McFarlane – Lawyer
    Peter Whittle – Founder and director of New Culture Forum

  22. LAB 34.9 (2)
    CON 20.2 (2)
    GRN 17.7 (2)
    UKIP 10.4 (1)
    LD 8.8 (1)
    OTH 8

  23. This is an odd region. It won’t really follow the national trend for sure!

    3 LAB, 2 CON, 1 UKIP, 1 GRN, (1 LD)

    I can see the LDs retaining their seat here, but if Labour poll really strongly they could poll 4x the LDs vote.

  24. Lib Dem candidates

    1. Sarah Ludford – MEP since 1999
    2. Jonathan Fryer – journalist and writer, stood Poplar & Limehouse 2010
    3. Dr Richard Davis – former biochemist, owns a software design company
    4. Anuja Prashar – assistant Professor at University of London
    5. Rosina Robson – vice chair Richmond & Twickenham Lib Dems
    6. Turhan Ozen – software engineer
    7. Simon James – Kingston cllr, stood Tooting 1997 & 2001, Spelthorne 2005
    8. Matt McLaren – works in recruitment

  25. JJB,

    For Euros, while you are right that no party can expect to win more than 3-4 seats per region under the list system, it is still necessary to have a full list of candidates since these lists are used to fill vacancies arising from death / resignation.

    Just a reminder that this system of PR is about Parties not people.

    Paul

  26. UKIP list

    1 Gerard Batten 26,093
    2 Paul Oakley 8,627
    3 Elizabeth Jones 4,667
    4 Lawrence Webb 4,275
    5 Alastair McFarlane 2,869
    6 Andrew McNeilis 2,736
    7 Anthony Brown 1,750
    8 Peter Whittle 1,278

  27. I could have fun with those Labour List surnames – purely in a non-political wordsearch sense. the UKIP names are disappointingly normal !

  28. Am I correct in thinking UKIP give every member one vote which can’t transfer and select by FPTP?

  29. Robberbutton – I think they use Borda count (certainly they don’t have enough members for those to be the results of a OMOV election!)

  30. yes, I think each English member had up to 10 votes and they were weighted using Borda. And all English members could vote for every English candidates regardless of the region!

  31. CON 30% (3)
    LAB 29% (3)
    UKIP 13% (1)
    GRN 12% (1)
    LD 8%

  32. Andy – FFS, most of the sections in that table are based on samples of about 50 people. Idiots.

    I shall have to go and write something rude later.

  33. Thanks Anthony. I know they’re a bit useless sometimes but I didn’t think they were as stupid as that. A bit naive of me I suppose.

  34. LAB: 3 seats
    UKIP: 2 seats
    CON: 2 seats
    GRN: 1 seat

    The UKIP share here will be a lot lower than the other English regions, but they should still be in the mid-twenties. The Conservative share here should hold up relatively well, allowing the Tories to retain 2 seats.

  35. @ Anthony Wells @ Andy JS

    Be fair – you are talking about the Daily Fail.

    (P.S.:- Wonder if they’ll mention the fact that they got it wrong after UKIP fail to get 40% in London?).

  36. Another poll puts UKIP north of 20% in London for the Euros. I must say that I agree with HH and others in finding it very surprising that UKIP are apparently doing so well in the capital.

    Evening Standard:

    London Euros:
    Lab 37 (+4)
    Con 23 (-2)
    LD 9 (-2)+1
    UKIP 21 (-3)

  37. Certainly Labour will not poll anything like 37 (late 20s I’d expect) and that looks like an overgenerous vote share for UKIP too (I’d expect the late teens for them.)

  38. Andy: but where are the tables, what was the methodology?

    When I eventually found the report on the Evening Standard website (classified as news but not politics there) it said the poll was by LCA/LSE, but I cant see anything on London Commuications Agency or LSE/Tony Travers websites.

    The report also says both UKIP and the Greens are on 10% in London (presumably on a different question, but it doesn’t say what – or is that YouGov numbers being quoted there? – if it is YG, I can’t find the numbers, even as a crossbreak).

  39. I expect that UKIP will do well in London next week based on a coalition of eurosceptics, religious types, prosperous commonwealth second generation immigrants (Indian restaurant owners etc), socially conservative Tories, WWC people, and protest voters who will tactically vote UKIP to scare the Tories.

  40. 111 is having a laugh. Who are these “religious types” that will ensure UKIP do well in London? As for “prosperous commonwealth second generation immigrants” I’ve yet to meet a solitary one of those who will be voting for the kippers.

    UKIP will get 2 seats in London and by virtue of that fact will be soundly defeated by Labour. Nationwide is a different matter – UKIP probably will prevail in terms of the UK-wide vote – but the capital is far too cosmopolitan to be fertile territory for kippers.

  41. 2 seats for UKIP in London would be spectacular and I’ll believe it when I see it.

  42. The religious types include many of the members of evangelical churches (though some of these voters are bound to vote for the CPA list). I think that UKIP will do well amongst Commonwealth immigrants as UKIP has been very vocal about strengthening ties with Commonwealth countries as opposed to the EU. I am sure that many Londoners of South Asian and Afro-Caribbean origin would be very much in favour of such a measure as immigration from their countries of origin would become easier if UKIP’s policies were put into place. Additionally, on average a voter of South Asian or Afro-Caribbean origin is far more likely to be socially conservative in their outlook as such values are more ingrained in the cultures of places like India and Jamaica. UKIP’s stance on issues like gay marriage would probably resonate well amongst these groups. Obviously Labour are especially strong amongst these groups, but I can see UKIP doing surprisingly well amongst these groups next week.

  43. So UKIP are campaigning to reduce immigration yet they are going to increase immigration of afro Carribeans and south Asians? Replacing white Poles and Latvians with more blacks and Muslims? Yeah that’ll please their supporters no end. Your posts really contain so much crap you must be having a laugh.

  44. The London returning officer is apparently refusing to allow individual council results to be released, in contrast to returning officers in the rest of the country. Disappointing, and I can’t think of a valid reason why London should take this different decision to elsewhere.

  45. It can be pieced together from local authority sites as the BBC are apparently doing.

    so
    Tower Hamlets – still haven’t finished counting the local elections from Thursday night, and now it’s delaying the whole of the London region result in the Euro election.

    I suspect dodgy postal votes delivered to the polling stations up until 10pm on Thursday. But they have a Mayoral election aswell. (Why do we need elected Mayors anyway for just one lower tier local authority?)

  46. Tower Hamlets need to be taken over by an outside body as soon as possible. They clearly can’t manage their own affairs with any credibility.

  47. It’s a total disgrace. Maybe amusing to London media lovies etc, but it’s a threat to our way of life and democracy. Appalling that they haven’t conducted a local election count and are now delaying a national election of great importance.

    Postal voting should be banned except for elderly, disabled, or people away.

  48. Yet another nail in the coffin of the “Conservatives to do well in London” fantasists.

  49. I don’t disagree with you, but there are a large number of EU nationals in London who will have voted in these elections but won’t be able to in a general election

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