West Midlands European Region

2014 Election
2014 Results
1. Jill Seymour (UKIP) 428010 31.5% (+10.2%)
2. Neena Gill (Labour) 363033 26.7% (+9.7%)
3. Philip Bradbourn (Conservative) 330470 24.3% (-3.8%)
4. James Carver (UKIP) (214005)
5. Sion Simon (Labour) (181517)
6. Anthea McIntyre (Conservative) (165235)
7. Bill Etheridge (UKIP) (142670)
. (Liberal Democrat) 75648 5.6% (-6.4%)
. (Green) 71464 5.3% (-0.9%)
. (Independence from Europe) 27171 2% (n/a)
. (We Demand a Referendum) 23426 1.7% (n/a)
. (BNP) 20643 1.5% (-7.1%)
. (English Democrats) 12832 0.9% (-1.4%)
. (No2EU) 4653 0.3% (-0.7%)
. (Harmony) 1857 0.1% (n/a)
Current sitting MEPs
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Jill Seymour (UKIP) MEP for West Midlands since 2014
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Neena Gill (Labour) Born 1956, Ludhiana. Educated at Liverpool Polytechnic. Prior to her election was chief executive of a social housing company. MEP for West Midlands 1999-2009 and since 2014
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Philip Bradbourn (Conservative) Born 1951, Tipton. Educated at Tipton Grammar and Worcester College. Contested Wolverhampton South East 1992. Contested County Durham in 1994 European elections. MEP for the West Midlands since 1999. Awarded the OBE in 1994 for public and political service.
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James Carver (UKIP) Runs a family umbrella business. Contested Orpington 1997, London 1999 european election, Cheltenham 2001, Preseli Pembrokeshire 2005. MEP for West Midlands since 2014
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Sion Simon (Labour) Born 1968, Caernarfonshire. Educated at Handsworth Grammar and Oxford University. Former journalist. MP for Birmingham Erdington 2001-2010. Under secretary for further education 2008-2009, Under Secretary for creative industries 2009-2010. Stood down from Parliament to stand as the elected mayor of Birmingham, before the local referendum rejected the creation of the role. MEP for West Midlands since 2014
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Anthea McIntyre (Conservative) Born 1954, Ross on Wye. MEP since 2011, when the Treaty of Lisbon entered into force and the United Kingdom received an extra MEP.
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Bill Etheridge (UKIP) Educated at Parkfield High School and Wolverhampton Polytechnic. Carer and former sales manager. Contested West Midlands Police Commissioner election 2012. MEP for West Midlands since 2014

Full candidates for the 2014 European election are here.

2009 Election
2009 Results
1. Philip Charles Bradbourn (Conservative) 396847 28.1% (+0.7%)
2. Mike Nattrass (UKIP) 300471 21.3% (+3.8%)
3. Michael Cashman (Labour) 240201 17% (-6.4%)
4. Malcolm Harbour (Conservative) (198424)
5. Liz Lynne (Liberal Democrat) 170246 12% (-1.7%)
6. Nikki Sinclaire (UKIP) (150236)
. (BNP) 121967 8.6% (+1.1%)
. (Green) 88244 6.2% (+1.1%)
. (English Democrats) 32455 2.3% (n/a)
. (Christian) 18784 1.3% (n/a)
. (Socialist Labour) 14724 1% (+0.4%)
. (No2EU) 13415 0.9% (n/a)
. (Jury Team) 8721 0.6% (n/a)
. (Libertas) 6961 0.5% (n/a)
Current sitting MEPs
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Philip Charles Bradbourn (Conservative) Born 1951, Tipton. Educated at Tipton Grammar and Worcester College. Contested Wolverhampton South East 1992. Contested County Durham in 1994 European elections. MEP for the West Midlands since 1999. Awarded the OBE in 1994 for public and political service.
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Mike Nattrass (An Independence Party) Born 1945, Leeds. Chartered surveyer. UKIP MEP for the West Midlands Region since 2004. Contested Dudley West by-election 1994 for the New Britain Party. Contested Solihull 1997 for the Referendum party. Contested Sutton Coldfield 2001, Stone 2005, Crewe and Nantwich by-election 2008, South Staffordshire 2010. Deputy leader of UKIP 2002-2006. Resigned from UKIP in September 2013 after failing to be selected for the 2014 European election.
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Michael Cashman (Labour) Born 1950, London. Former actor, best known for playing Colin Russell in Eastenders. MEP for West Midlands since 1999.
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Malcolm Harbour (Conservative) Born 1947, Woking. Educated at Bedford School and Cambridge University. Formerly worked as a engineer, executive and consultant in the motor industry. Contested Birmingham East in 1989 European election. MEP for the West Midlands since 1999.
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Phil Bennion (Liberal Democrat) Born 1954, Tamworth. Educated at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School. Lichfield councillor 1999-2011. Contested Tamworth 2005, Telford 2010. MEP for the West Midlands since 2012, succeeding Liz Lynne
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Nikki Sinclaire (We Demand a Referendum) Born 1968, London. Educated at Kent University. Former UKIP party secretary. Contested Medway 2001, Halesowen and Rowley Regis 2005 for UKIP, Solihull 2010 for Solihull and Meriden Residents Association. MEP for the West Midlands since 2009. She resigned from the EFD group in 2010 and was subsequently expelled from UKIP for refusing to be part of the group.
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Anthea McIntyre (Conservative) Born 1954, Ross on Wye. MEP since 2011, when the Treaty of Lisbon entered into force and the United Kingdom received an extra MEP.


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Comments - 54 Responses on “Europe West Midlands”
  1. The best simple change to improve connecyivity would be to replace Bablake (whose population centres are isolated at the east of the seat) and replacing it with Earlsdon. Call the new seat Coventry South West and Meriden. Still a horrible seat but at least now you have got clear connectivity lines running East-West reaching all of the seat. Meriden town itself is slightly isolated in the north but you have a clear north-south road linking it to the main body of the seat.

  2. The A45 may not reach most of the seat but its better than nothing, those connecting roads you speak of in the South consist of the same type of B roads that connect most of the seat up anyway. But as I said Westwood I can semi understand what I really don’t get it Wainbody, it may be “closer” geographically but that can hardly be their main concern since they kept Holbrook in the seat, the geographically furthest ward.

    Basically my conclusion is the BC have made a god awful seat, why not embrace its awfulness and limit changes rather than making dubious partisan changes that don’t really improve things.

  3. I’m increasingly bemused by the BC’s decisions to mix wards around in Coventry proper when creating the Coventry West and Meriden seat. Whether you agree with Pepps arguments for doing so or not the BC seem to think it doesn’t even need justification.

    I’ve been skimming through the BC’s reports and usually they provide quite detailed explanations re why they have added or removed certain wards or chose a certain ward over others etc but in the Coventry area we just get this

    “We noted that the electorate of the City of Coventry is too small to continue to be allocated three whole constituencies. We propose that the existing Coventry North East constituency be left unchanged. We also propose to add the two Solihull borough wards of Knowle and Meriden to a Coventry West and Meriden constituency that also contains five Coventry city wards.
    This change results in the remaining seven Coventry city wards forming a Coventry South constituency”

    That’s it, no acknowledgement of their re-jig of Coventry proper or the most half baked of justifications, one wonders if they’re even aware of the changes they’ve made…

  4. The boss of John Lewis, Andy Street, has been selected as the Conservative candidate for Mayor of the West Midlands.

    Sion Simon MEP is the Labour candidate.

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