North West European Region

2014 Election
2014 Results
1. Theresa Griffin (Labour) 594063 33.9% (+13.5%)
2. Paul Nuttall (UKIP) 481932 27.5% (+11.7%)
3. Jacqueline Foster (Conservative) 351985 20.1% (-5.5%)
4. Afzal Khan (Labour) (297032)
5. Louise Bours (UKIP) (240966)
6. Julie Ward (Labour) (198021)
7. Sajjad Karim (Conservative) (175993)
8. Steven Woolfe (UKIP) (160644)
. (Green) 123075 7% (-0.7%)
. (Liberal Democrat) 105487 6% (-8.3%)
. (BNP) 32826 1.9% (-6.1%)
. (Independence from Europe) 25999 1.5% (n/a)
. (English Democrats) 19522 1.1% (-1.3%)
. (Pirate) 8597 0.5% (n/a)
. (No2EU) 5402 0.3% (-1.1%)
. (Socialist Equality) 5067 0.3% (n/a)
Current sitting MEPs
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Theresa Griffin (Labour) Educated at Lancaster University. Trade union organiser. Former Liverpool councillor. Contested North West European election 1999, 2004, 2009. MEP for North West since 2014
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Paul Nuttall (UKIP) Borm 1976, Liverpool. Educated at Savio High School and Edge Hill University. Former lecturer. Deputy leader of UKIP since 2010. Contested Bootle 2005, 2010, Oldham East and Saddleworth 2011 by-election. MEP for the North West since 2009
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Jacqueline Foster (Conservative) Born 1947, Liverpool. Educated at Prescot Girls Grammar. Aviation consultant and former air hostess. Contested Newham South 1992, Peterborough 1997. MEP for the North West 1999-2004 and since 2009
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Afzal Khan (Labour) Born 1960, Pakistan. Solicitor. Manchester councillor since 2000. MEP for North West since 2014. Awarded the CBE for services to race relations.
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Louise Bours (UKIP) Educated at Mountview Conservatoire for the Performing Arts. Singer and actor. Former Congleton councillor. Contested Cheshire Police Commissioner election 2012. MEP for North West since 2014
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Julie Ward (Labour) Born 1957, Ripon. Educated at Newcastle University. Ran a social enterprise providing services for people with mental health problems. MEP for North West since 2014
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Sajjad Karim (Conservative) Born 1970, Blackburn. Solicitor. Pendle councillor 1994-2001 for the Liberal Democrats. MEP for the North West since 2004.. Originally elected as a Liberal Democrat, he defected to the Conservatives in 2007.
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Steven Woolfe (UKIP) Educated at Aberystwyth University. Barrister. Contested City and East 2012 London Assembly election, Greater Manchester Police Commissioner election 2012. MEP for North West since 2014

Full candidates for the 2014 European election are here.

2009 Election
2009 Results
1. Robert Atkins (Conservative) 423174 25.6% (+1.5%)
2. Arlene McCarthy (Labour) 336831 20.4% (-6.9%)
3. Paul Nuttall (UKIP) 261740 15.8% (+3.7%)
4. Chris Davies (Liberal Democrat) 235639 14.3% (-1.6%)
5. Saj Karim (Conservative) (211587)
6. Brian Simpson (Labour) (168416)
7. Jacqueline Foster (Conservative) (141058)
8. Nick Griffin (BNP) 132194 8% (+1.6%)
. (Green) 127133 7.7% (+2.1%)
. (English Democrats) 40027 2.4% (+0.8%)
. (Socialist Labour) 26224 1.6% (n/a)
. (Christian) 25999 1.6% (n/a)
. (No2EU) 23580 1.4% (n/a)
. (Jury Team) 8783 0.5% (n/a)
. (Libertas) 6980 0.4% (n/a)
. Francis Apaloo (Independent) 3621 0.2% (n/a)
Current sitting MEPs
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Robert Atkins (Conservative) Born 1946, London. Educated at Highgate School. Haringey councillor 1968-1977. MP for Preston North 1979-1983, South Ribble from 1983-1997. Knighted in 1997. MEP for North West England since 1999. Minister of Transport 1989-1990, Minister of Sport 1990-1992, Minister of State at Northern Ireland Office 1992-1994, Minister of State, Environment 1994-1995.
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Arlene McCarthy (Labour) Born 1960, Belfast. Formerly a European liasion officer for Kirkless council. MEP since 1994.
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Paul Nuttall (UKIP) Borm 1976, Liverpool. Educated at Savio High School and Edge Hill University. Former lecturer. Deputy leader of UKIP since 2010. Contested Bootle 2005, 2010, Oldham East and Saddleworth 2011 by-election. MEP for the North West since 2009
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Chris Davies (Liberal Democrat) Born 1954, Lytham St Annes. Educated at Cheadle Hulme School and Cambridge University. MP for Littleborough and Saddleworth 1995-1997. Contested Oldham East and Saddleworth 1997. MEP for the North West since 1999. Former leader of the Liberal Democrat group in the European Parliament, he stepped down in 2008 after being criticised over a reply to a constituent that accused her of racism. 
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Saj Karim (Conservative) Born 1970, Blackburn. Solicitor. Pendle councillor 1994-2001 for the Liberal Democrats. MEP for North West England since 2004, orginally elected as a Liberal Democrat he defected to the Conservatives in 2007.
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Brian Simpson (Labour) Born 1953, Leigh. Former PE teacher. Former Warrington councillor and Merseyside county councillor. MEP for Cheshire East 1989-1999, MEP for North-West 1999-2004 when he lost his seat. He returned to the European Parliament in 2006 following the resignation of Terry Wynn.
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Jacqueline Foster (Conservative) Born 1947, Liverpool. Educated at Prescot Girls Grammar. Aviation consultant and former air hostess. Contested Newham South 1992, Peterborough 1997. MEP for the North West 1999-2004 and since 2009
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Nick Griffin (BNP) Born 1959, London. Educated at Woodbridge School and Cambridge University. Chairman of the BNP. Former publicity officer and Parliamentary candidate for the National Front before leaving the party in 1989. Joined the BNP in 1995 and edited BNP magazines Spearhead and The Rune. In 1998 he was prosecuted for incitement to racial hatred in reation to an issue of The Rune that denied the holocaust. He was again arrested for incitement to racial hatred in 2004 in relation to a speech he made criticising Islam which was recorded by the BBC, he was subsequently found not guilty at trial. Chairman of the BNP since 1999 he has pursued a strategy of giving the BNP a less overtly racist and extremist image. Contested North West Region 2004 European elections. Contested South Wales West in 2007 Welsh assembly elections. Contested Croydon North-West by-election 1981, Croydon North-West 1983 for the National Front. West Bromwich West by-election 2000, Oldham West & Royton 2001, Keighley 2005, Barking 2010 for the BNP.


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Comments - 314 Responses on “Europe North West”
  1. It will be interesting to see if any others follow… with all the bad blood in the party it is possible more will leave. As far as the leadership is concerned all eyes will now be on whether or not Paul Nuttall runs this time… if he does I expect he’d win a landslide, if not then there is no clear favourite.

  2. To reply to LO’s comment on the Stockport thread (to avoid two threads on the same thing) even if Woolfe is still interested in joining the Tories I suspect that ship has sailed. The Tories aren’t going to admit somebody who has just been involved in a punch up. Other UKIP>Tory MEP defections must be possible though…

  3. Well he was the victim.

    Plus look at all of the weird and wonderful Cllrs & MEPs DC accepted.

    In fact DC seemed to have a penchant for Asian Cllr defectors who later ended up in Court (12 from memory).

  4. I totally sympathetise the man was punched not exactly gonna make you stay

  5. UKIP LEADERSHIP
    NUTTALL 1/8 (89% probability).

    As long as he doesn’t withdrew he seems to be certain to win.

    A very unusual thing in British politics – a leader of a major party with a genuine working class ENGLISH accent. His ascendancy is bad news for Labour in the north.

  6. It’s an accent that isn’t everyone’s cup of tea though.

  7. “It’s an accent that isn’t everyone’s cup of tea though”

    Having canvassed Bromley under William Hague, I can vouch for that.

    I wonder if a Scouse accent might actually damage a leader in Manchester, or Yorkshire. That said I think Deepthroat’s probably right.

  8. ‘His ascendancy is bad news for Labour in the north.’

    Very bad news

    He might have once been a Tory but he looks and sounds like a Labour politician and whilst that might harm his chances amongst the Chelsea-supporting Southern UKIPpers that hate Northerners full stop, I doubt there will be too many of them and even if they are they will be cancelled by WWC Brexiters, many of whom will be lost from the Labour Party for good

  9. The Local elections are now somewhat understandably being overlooked in terms of coverage, but these are the numbers of seats each Party is defending:

    Labour 1,535 Cllrs
    Cons 1,136
    Ind 687
    LD 484
    SNP 438
    PC 170
    UKIP 146
    Green 34
    Others incl Residents’ 51
    MK 4

  10. To go back to some old (like, six months old) comments about former professional footballer & Hillsborough survivor Paul Nuttall PhD, it now looks a little strange that the Labour Party was ever so scared of him.

    Of course, you could argue that he has done the only thing worse for them than taking Labour votes – he has released many of those votes back into the wild but they seem mainly to be voting for the Conservatives.

  11. He is very slippery. Atm, I think it’s because he’s nervous and lacks confidence. Like a deer caught in the headlights, not knowing which way to turn.

    Very chalk and cheese, him and Farage!

  12. As expected Labour have won both mayoralties in this area

  13. Paul Nuttall has apparently gone into hiding following yesterday’s local elections wipe-out for UKIP. Their Brexit spokesman Gerard Battern tells the BBC that even he doesn’t know where Nuttall is.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-politics-39827141/where-is-ukips-paul-nuttall

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