South West European Region

2014 Election
2014 Results
1. William Dartmouth (UKIP) 484184 32.3% (+10.2%)
2. Ashley Fox (Conservative) 433151 28.9% (-1.4%)
3. Julia Reid (UKIP) (242092)
4. Julie Girling (Conservative) (216576)
5. Clare Moody (Labour) 206124 13.7% (+6.1%)
6. Molly Scott Cato (Green) 166447 11.1% (+1.8%)
. (Liberal Democrat) 160376 10.7% (-6.5%)
. (Independence from Europe) 23169 1.5% (n/a)
. (English Democrats) 15081 1% (-0.6%)
. (BNP) 10910 0.7% (-3.2%)
Current sitting MEPs
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William Dartmouth (UKIP) Born 1949. As the Earl of Dartmouth he was a Conservative member of the House of Lords until the exclusion of hereditary peers. Defected to UKIP in 2007. MEP for South West England since 2009.
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Ashley Fox (Conservative) Born 1969. Educated at the Kings School, Worcester and Bristol Polytechnic. Solicitor. Contested Bath 2001. Bristol councillor 2002-2009. MEP for South West England since 2009.
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Julia Reid (UKIP) Born in London. Educated at John Bentley School and Bath University. Research biochemist. Contested South West Region 2009, Chippenham 2010. Former member of the SDP. MEP for the South West since 2014
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Julie Girling (Conservative) Former Cotswold District councillor. Former Gloucestershire County councillor. Contested South West in 2004 European elections. MEP for South West England since 2009.
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Clare Moody (Labour) Trade union officer. Contested South West region 2004 European elections, Salisbury 2005, Wiltshire police commissioner election 2012. MEP for the South West since 2014
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Molly Scott Cato (Green) Born 1963, Wales. Educated at Oxford University. University professor. Stroud councillor since 2011. Contested Preseli Pembrokeshire 1997, 2005, South West region 2009 European election. MEP for the South West since 2014

Full candidates for the 2014 European election are here.

2009 Election
2009 Results
1. Giles Chichester (Conservative) 468742 30.2% (-1.3%)
2. Trevor Coleman (UKIP) 341845 22.1% (-0.5%)
3. Graham Watson (Liberal Democrat) 266253 17.2% (-1.2%)
4. Julie Girling (Conservative) (234371)
5. William Dartmouth (UKIP) (170923)
6. Ashley Fox (Conservative) (156247)
. (Green) 144179 9.3% (+2.1%)
. (Labour) 118716 7.7% (-6.8%)
. (BNP) 60889 3.9% (+0.9%)
. (Pensioners) 37785 2.4% (n/a)
. (English Democrats) 25313 1.6% (n/a)
. (Chrisian) 21329 1.4% (n/a)
. (Mebyon Kernow) 14922 1% (n/a)
. (Socialist Labour) 10033 0.6% (n/a)
. (No2EU) 9741 0.6% (n/a)
. Katie Hopkins (Independent) 8971 0.6% (n/a)
. (Libertas) 7292 0.5% (n/a)
. (Fair Pay Fair Trade) 7151 0.5% (n/a)
. (Jury Team) 5758 0.4% (n/a)
. (Wai D Your Decision) 789 0.1% (n/a)
Current sitting MEPs
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Giles Chichester (Conservative) Born 1946, London. Formerly worked for his family business, publishing maps and guides. First elected as MEP for Devon and East Plymouth 1994. MEP for the South West since 1999. Former leader of the Conservative group in the European parliament, he stood down in 2008 after it was revealed he had claimed Parliamentary expenses for a family business. He was later cleared of a conflict of interest by the European Parliament.
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Trevor Coleman (UKIP) Born 1941, St Breward. Former police officer and television script advisor. MEP for the South West since 2008, suceeding Graham Booth upon his retirement. Contested Teignbridge 2005.
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Graham Watson (Liberal Democrat) Born 1956, Rothesay. Educated at City of Bath Boys School and Heriot-Watt University. Prior to his elected worked as a university administrator, head of David Steel’s office and for HSBC. First elected as MEP for Somerset and North Devon 1994. Leader of the Liberal group in the European Parliament 2002-2009. Knighted in 2011.
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Julie Girling (Conservative) Former Cotswold District councillor. Former Gloucestershire County councillor. Contested South West in 2004 European elections. MEP for South West England since 2009.
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William Dartmouth (UKIP) Born 1949. As the Earl of Dartmouth he was a Conservative member of the House of Lords until the exclusion of hereditary peers. Defected to UKIP in 2007. MEP for South West England since 2009.
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Ashley Fox (Conservative) Born 1969. Educated at the Kings School, Worcester and Bristol Polytechnic. Solicitor. Contested Bath 2001. Bristol councillor 2002-2009. MEP for South West England since 2009.


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Comments - 261 Responses on “Europe South West”
  1. Because you think an opinion is “a bad one” doesn’t make it one that shouldn’t be heard.

    Indeed you are stating the exact opposite of Voltaire.

    Free speech includes unpleasant speech. Although I realise the far Left objects to even the words ‘foreign’ or ‘immigrant’ being used. They can have as many “no-one is illegal” campaigns on campus as they like. It doesn’t stop the slogan being factually incorrect; but, I’d defend their right to continue spouting nonsense, as I would any minority group.

    Opinions can be wrong, but deeming them to be unheard because you disagree ends up with thought police and the State determining what is acceptable to say.

  2. Lancs, maybe I didn’t make myself clear but that’s not my point at all.

    My point was that free speech is good, I support the right of the likes of Carl Benjamin to spew his bile, not least because you don’t defeat ideas by ignoring them, but (a) he and his ilk do not have a monopoly of the free speech issue and (b) I doubt he supports my right to criticise him in whatever language I see fit.

  3. I tend to agree with both of you, but we already have laws preventing “free speech” so it is a question of where you draw the line on things like hate speech and encouraging violence.

    I don’t think this is restricted to far left as there was a big clamp down by the Thatcher government in 1980’s on Sinn Fein. Other groups like Class War were either targeted or caught up in the same legislation.

    One person’s light hearted “banter” might be seen as threatening by someone else- especially if it is trivialising a criminal act when they are already receiving scores of threatening tweets on the same subject.

  4. Prediction for the South West region:

    Brex: 3
    LD: 1
    Grn: 1
    Con: 1

    Last seat, I feel, is a toss-up between Con and Lab, but I just feel Cons would have to fall such a long way to be wiped out here I can’t quite see it happening.

  5. Official Turnout: 40.51%

    Highest: Isle of Scilly (55.39%) followed by South Hams (46.83%)

    Lowest: Plymouth (34.89%)

  6. Overall turnout for the South West 40.5 (+3.6)

    Turnout in the Isles of Scilly highest thus far at 55.4

  7. Labour expected to be fourth in Bristol. Brexit Party will beat them (Through Lib Dems probably have won it.)

  8. South West, vote share:
    Brex: 36.7% – 3 seats
    LDem: 23.1% – 2 seats
    Green : 18.1% – 1 seat
    Con: 8.7% – 0 seats
    Lab: 6.5% – 0 seats
    UKIP: 3.2% – 0 seats
    ChUK: 2.8% – 0 seats

  9. So all of Andrew Adonis’s twisting and turning was for nothing…

  10. I never once thought it was possible for the South West to have no Tory or Labour MEPs, but it’s happened.

  11. Ann Widercombe has endorsed Gay Cure gene therapy. Might lose her some of celebrity career once she retires again from politics by returning her homophobia to public glare.

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