North West Euro Candidates 2014

The North West returns eight MEPs. In 2009 it returned three Conservative MEPs, two Labour, one UKIP, one Liberal Democrat and one BNP, the party leader Nick Griffin. Full results for 2009 are here.

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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.
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AFZAL KHAN (Labour) Born 1960, Pakistan. Solicitor. Manchester councillor since 2000. Awarded the CBE for services to race relations.
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JULIE WARD (Labour) Born 1957, Ripon. Educated at Newcastle University. Runs a social enterprise providing services for people with mental health problems
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WAJID KHAN (Labour) Born in Burnley. Educated at University of Central Lancashire. University lecturer. Burnley councillor.

5. Angeliki Stogia 6. Steve Carter
7. Pascale Lamb 8. Nick Parnell
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JACQUELINE FOSTER (Conservative) Born 1947, Liverpool. Educated at Prescot Girls Grammar. Former aviation consultant and air hostess. Contested Newham South 1992, Peterborough 1997. MEP for the North West 1999-2004 and since 2009.
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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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KEVIN BEATY (Conservative) Dairy farmer. Eden councillor.
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DEBORAH DUNLEAVY (Conservative) Born in Bolton. Educated at Mount St Josephs Grammar. Former financial advisor. Contested Bolton South East 2005, Bolton North East 2010.

5. Joseph Barker-Willis 6. Dan Hamilton
7. Chris Whiteside 8. James Walsh
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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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HELEN FOSTER-GRIME (Liberal Democrat) Former Stockport councillor. Contested North West 2009 European elections.
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JO CROTTY (Liberal Democrat) Educated at Portsmouth University. University professor. Contested Eddisbury 2005, South Staffordshire 2005 delayed poll, Warrington South 2010.
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QASSIM AFZAL (Liberal Democrat) Born 1960, Manchester. Educated at Salford University. Former Manchester councillor. Contested Birmingham Sparkbrook and Small Heath 2001, Manchester Gorton 2005, 2010. Contested North West 2009 European elections.

5. Jane Brophy 6. Sue McGuire
7. Gordon Lishman 8. Neil Christian
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PAUL NUTTALL (UKIP) Born 1976, Liverpool. Educated at Savio High School and Edge Hill University. Former lecturer. Contested Bootle 2005, 2010, Oldham East and Saddleworth 2011 by-election. MEP for the North West since 2009. Deputy leader of UKIP since 2010.
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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.
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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.
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SHNEUR ODZE (UKIP) Rabbi. Former Hackney councillor for the Conservative party.

5. Lee Slaughter 6. Simon Noble
7. Peter Harper 8. John Stanyer
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PETER CRANIE (Green) Born in Scotland. Educated at Keele University. Lecturer. Contested Liverpool Riverside 2005, North West region 2009 European election, West Lancashire 2010.
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GINA DOWDING (Green) Born in London. Educated at Trent Polytechnic. Former charity manager and fundraiser. Lancaster councillor 1999-2007. Lancashire councillor since 2013. Contested Lancaster and Fleetwood 2010.

3. Laura Bannister 4. Jillian Perry
5. John Knight 6. Ulrike Zeshan
7. Lewis Coyne 8. Jake Welsh
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NICK GRIFFIN (BNP) Born 1959, London. Educated at Woodbridge School and Cambridge University. Former publicity officer and Parliamentary candidate for the National Front before leaving the party in 1989. Joined the BNP in 1995 and educated 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 persued a strategy of giving the BNP a less overtly racist and extremist image.. MEP for North West since 2009. Contested Croydon North West by-election 1981, Croydon North West 1983 for the National Front, West Bromwich West by-election 2000, Oldham West and Royton 2001, Keighley 2005, Barking 2010 for the BNP.
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DAWN CHARLTON (BNP)

3. Clive Jefferson 4. Eddy O'Sullivan
5. Simon Darby 6. Kay Pollitt
7. Derek Adams 8. David O'Loughlin
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STEPHEN MORRIS (English Democrats) Born 1966, Manchester. Educated at Wardley High School and Salford College of Technology. Union branch official at Metrolink public transport. Contested North West region 2009 European elections, Salford and Eccles 2010, Oldham East and Saddleworth 2011 by-election.

2. Paul Rimmer 3. Derek Bullock
4. Paul Whitelegg 5. Steve McEllenborough
6. Laurence Depares 7. Valerie Morris
8. Anthony Backhouse
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MARIA ARETOULAKI (Pirate) Born in Greece. IT consultant.

2. George Walkden 3. Jack Allnutt
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HELEN BASHFORD (An Independence from Europe) Born 1958. Educated at Ashton-on-Mersey Secondary Modern & Sale Girls Grammar School. Former Chairman of the British Women Racing Drivers' Club.

2. Gill Kearney 3. Pauline Penny
4. Kay Bashford 5. Faye Raw
6. Lorna Markovitch 7. Jennie Ransome
8. Jill Stockdale
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ROGER BANNISTER (No2EU) Contested North West region 2009 European election. Member of the Socialist Party. Contested election for the General Secretary of Unison in 2010.

2. George Waterhouse 3. Jacqueine Grunsell
4. John Metcalfe 5. George Tapp
6. Mark Rowe 7. James Healy
8. Kevin Morrison
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CHRIS MARSDEN (Socialist Equality Party) National secretary of the Socialist Equality Party .

2. Julie Hyland 3. Robert Skelton
4. Lucy Warren 5. Mark Dowson
6. Ajitha Gunaratne 7. Danny Dickinson
8. Joe Heffer
Comments - 85 Responses on “North West European Candidates 2014”
  1. The Greens must be on course to take the BNP seat here!

  2. I think the Greens are going to have a tougher fight. Ever since Natalie Bennett took over from Caroline Lucas as leader, any kind of momentum they had was deflated in 2013. I always thought Peter Cranie (who is their first listed candidate) was the best for the role. Bennett is a very mediocre leader and somewhat irritating.

    I predicted in the old NW thread that the Lib Dems would capture the final spot here. While the LD vote is going to be squeezed badly by a resurgent Labour, I think any potential Green vote (especially some of those who might have switched their votes for them in 2009) could face the same challenge. In any case I think Chris Davies will manage to hold on due to the pockets of strength the party has in the region.

    The collapse of the BNP vote will presumably be heading either to Labour or UKIP.

  3. The We Demand a Referendum Party could do well. Many people might see the name and put a cross next to it. I doubt they will gain any seats though as that seems very unlikely, but they could depress the potential UKIP vote and deprive them of additional MEPs in some regions where the gaps between the quotients for each party are very narrow.

  4. According to Antony Wells:

    BNP voters are “likely to come from a Labour supporting background – 47% of BNP voters say their parents voted Labour.”

    However, (in 2009) “asked if they’d rather have Cameron or Brown as PM, BNP voters opt for Cameron by 59% to 17%.”

    “In short, the people the BNP seem to appeal to are actually ‘working class Tories’ – the sort of traditional working class voters who under other circumstances might shift over to the Conservatives.”

    More analysis of the BNP vote in 2009 EU elections here:

    http://ukpollingreport.co.uk/blog/archives/2172

    At the May 2013 local elections UKIP do seem to have mopped up the BNP vote. Also, I think there’s a case to be made that the LD vote held up fairly well in LD/Con marginal type areas (where the Conservative vote is split with UKIP), but in Lab/Con marginals the LD vote collapsed and in some cases was driven into fifth place behind Green (Greens 8.1% on average in wards contested)… so LD squeezed by Labour, Green, and UKIP to some extent. How this works in the context of an EU election remains to be seen though.

  5. “The We Demand a Referendum Party could do well”

    Not with George Hargreaves as the lead candidate, it won’t.

  6. It might gather some opposed to UKIP for various reasons who are hard eurosceptics – maybe lefty eurosceptics and those who oppose Farage’s personality cult. Obviously not having heard of Hargreaves or his politices is required

  7. We are all seasoned politicos here. I doubt that many people could name the Deputy Leader of any UK political party, never mind who George Hargreaves is. I can’t see their lead candidate choice being that detrimental to their vote share potential.

    I can see where you are coming from though.

  8. I cannot see any reason why the Greens should get a worse result than 2009.

    Momentum in 2012 or 2013 does not come into it – I mean what momentum did the Greens have in 2007-8? There still is solid sympathy for the Greens that does translate into votes where gathered through strong local campaigns (Lancaster, Liverpool, briefly Manchester before the local party lost too many good activists) or when people see there is point and the vote is not wasted.

    So i think the Greens will come above LibDems and BNP but whether it will be enough for a seat is another question: I’d guess 3x Labour, 2x Tories, 2x UKIP, last one up for grabs between UKIP and Greens.

  9. Correction, with the LibDems above 14% in 2009 they should have a good chance of holding the last seat in this 8-seater

  10. The BNP voters are ‘working class Tories’? Surely they are/were more ‘hate all the main parties’ voters. So, UKIP are very well placed to mop them up and (less likely) the seat too. ‘We demand a Referendum’ are in the position of the various BNP splinters over the years. Their ability to siphon off votes from the ‘main brand’ is likely to be minimal.

  11. On the current polls. It seems as LD will lose their seat to Labour. I have Labour 4 – Con 2 – UKIP 2.

    European voting intentions: LAB 32 UKIP 26 TORY 23 LD 9

    If you look at the North West – the deviation poll will favour Labour – hence LD will barely reach 7% and will lose their only seat.

  12. I do think a 3 2 2 1 split is somewhat more likely.

  13. the Lib dems will be wiped out from the North West

  14. Scousers top the Tory and UKIP lists here, but there are none on the Labour or LibDem lists.

  15. I think top of Labour list is also based in Liverpool.

  16. @John, I’m not so sure they will be wiped out. Of the three northern regions this one is probably their best. I think their support in parts of Stockport borough, Southport and parts of Lancashire and Cumbria should get Chris Davies the last spot in the North West. No doubt they’ll get squeezed by a resurgent Labour, but the BNP’s imminent wipe out and (IMO) the lack of progress by the Greens nationally since Natalie Bennett (I’ve posted my opinion about her in a previous post here) was elected leader should be enough to get them 1 MEP again.

  17. Does anyone think that Nick Griffin’s name recognition might help him to hold his seat here? Though the BNP elsewhere will be wiped out, I agree.

  18. Andrea – yes as is the Green’s lead candidate, but neither are from Liverpool.

  19. Teresa Griffin has lived in Liverpool for years, though. So she would be seen as from the city.

    Nuttall may be from merseyside, but as a former Bootle Tory, his politics are hardly typical of people round here

  20. Which is precisely why I’m surprised Labour – and the LibDems – couldn’t find anyone from Merseyside for their Lists.

  21. But Teresa Griffin is ‘from Merseyside’. She was on the City Council in LIverpool, and has stood twice before as her primary interest has always been in European matters.

    If we are reduced to checking people’s birth certificates, then that is taking parochialism to an extreme. Teresa received huge support from Merseyside Labour members and thats how she won the ballot

  22. I realise that it’s probably mainly politicos and journos who look at the Candidate’s addresses. It just seems fairly obvious that you’d want either well known locals and/or people who live in your best areas to get the vote out. She isn’t from Merseyside in the same way that Merseymike/Mike Homfray isn’t, but I realise you both live there now. Nuttall clearly is by both opening his mouth, as well as his schools attended, etc. Parochialism or a local candidate is important in the local elections, but I mention it here due to the very low turnouts experienced.

  23. HH, I doubt it. Most people now regard him at best as a prat & at worst as an appalling individual. It would absolutely amaze me if he were to survive.

  24. Both Theresa and myself have lived here longer than anywhere else, and if you look at Merseyside’s MP’s, not all are locally-born either.

  25. Yes, I agree local doesn’t equal better per se. I think most would agree that eg Jane Kennedy or Stephen Twigg work harder than eg Bob Wareing or Bob Parry ever did. I have only ever met/interviewed Paul Nuttall once, but what struck me was how he connected with voters. I think for example one of the polling stations was his old primary school and so I was less shocked than some of your Labour colleagues in Bootle when he polled over 25% or whatever in a ward that year. Very true re Merseyside MPs these days. I think only 1 or 2 are now locals.

  26. HH – the BNP vote won’t disappear. After all, it went largely unnoticed how many votes they garnered in 2004 and 2005. (The media coverage just went crazy when Brons, then Griffin were elected in 2009). However, their network/branches have collapsed in many areas and so the 1-2% that pushed them over the top last time will not be there to aid Griffin’s re-election. Expect UKIP to be the big story, but a major news event could spring a surprise. I’d rate his chances at 35% ie unlikely but possible.

  27. ‘HH, I doubt it. Most people now regard him at best as a prat & at worst as an appalling individual. It would absolutely amaze me if he were to survive’

    Surely if UKIP’s success has taught us anything it’s that the British is increasingly intolerant on issues such as immigration, the EU etc – which cabn only aid the BNP in the long-term, especially if UKIP do form some sort of right wing coalition wiuth the Tories – as seems increasingly likely in the medium term

    Then all those voters who like UKIP because they stick two fingers up at people they don’t lke – foreigners, gays, the political elite etc – will be up for grabs

  28. That may be true but it wouldn’t help Nick Griffin in the Euro-elections this year. UKIP will in any case be able to reach voters that the BNP haven’t been able to (except seemingly in 1 or 2 very isolated locations) since they are not generally seen as being beyond the pale in the same way.

  29. “UKIP will in any case be able to reach voters that the BNP haven’t been able to (except seemingly in 1 or 2 very isolated locations) since they are not generally seen as being beyond the pale in the same way.”

    Yes that’s exactly right. But it’s a very fine line to tread between railing against Europe, immigration and “political correctness gone mad”, and keeping yourself away from beyond the pale. Certain UKIP individuals have certainly wandered into beyond the pale territory, but only individuals rather than the national leadership, which is a clear difference with the BNP.

    I don’t know why Tim sees this reactionary part of the electorate as a particularly British phenomenon, as there are far right parties in most other European countries and many of them do better than the BNP or UKIP here.

  30. ‘I don’t know why Tim sees this reactionary part of the electorate as a particularly British phenomenon, as there are far right parties in most other European countries and many of them do better than the BNP or UKIP here.’

    I don’t but it is certainly is a recent Britrish phemnenom as the far right in the UK – just like the far Left – has never had the popularity it has enjoyed in mainland Europe – like France for example, where the NF and Communists hsve been pretty strong for years

    Britain always used to be a country that was fairly intolerant to extremists – and I always thoight that something to be proud of

  31. “Britain always used to be a country that was fairly intolerant to extremists – and I always thoight that something to be proud of”

    Well it still is something to be proud of in that the BNP has been unable to flourish and consequently imploded. Currently UKIP is not an extremist party, though it does have a few extremists as members, this does not make them an extreme party. Were it to become genuinely extremist it would follow the same path to collapse as the BNP have.

  32. ‘Currently UKIP is not an extremist party, though it does have a few extremists as members, this does not make them an extreme party. ‘

    Could you not make the same case for the National Front in France under Marie Le Penn?

    Like UKIP, their leadership might say they are not to racist, anti-gay or whatever but comments from their members tell a very different story

  33. “Could you not make the same case for the National Front in France under Marie Le Penn?”

    No. The FN have a long history of extremism as indeed does the Le Pen dynasty.

  34. There are some nutty people in UKIP but not significantly more than in each of the other three main parties IMO.

  35. There really is no comparison between UKIP & the NF/FN in France. The NF has its roots as a quite openly anti-Semitic & racist party & still is basically just that – in fact, in some respects it has not gone even as far as Nick Griffin to renounce some of its policies. UKIP does campaign against immigration, but so do all the mainstream parties to some extent or another, and there isn’t anything in its platform or history to suggest that it favours discrimination against any British citizen who belongs to an ethnic minority. It has its genesis as an anti-EC, basically a hardline right-wing conservative party, and does not belong to the tradition of fascism as practiced by Mussolini, Hitler or Mosley. This isn’t a paean of praise for UKIP, far from it, but it isn’t a fascist party, and the NF in France pretty clearly is. UKIP may also have strange bedfellows in the European parliament, but so does the Conservative Party, and so in the past has the Ulster Unionist John Taylor (nowadays Lord Kilclooney); that doesn’t make any of those organizations or people fascist, just very unwise.

  36. I echo what BM said. As far as I’m concerned, UKIP deserves a place in respected civil discourse. Overall that is, quite clearly some elements of the party are unsavoury, but then again it’s the same for pretty much all parties of minor status – a status UKIP has only just come out of. The BNP however deserved no such place as far as I was concerned, so at least things have moved on since the BNP was on its high.

  37. UKIP is better described as a populist party. Although parts of the left have now acknowledged that there is nothing racist about being critical of a country’s immigration policy. The mainstream left, as represented by Labour, conveyed this message repeatedly last year and made the apologies for their government’s policies.

    The most balanced article from the left on this issue came from the Guardian’s John Harris in late 2013 about how anxiety about mass immigration is not racist. Of course SWP types might have suffered a small cardiac arrest reading it, but it was a very level-headed piece.

  38. Barnaby – you forgot to mention the Labour Party in your list of strange bedfellows :p

  39. Its really shocking that a) The Daily Mail supported the FN in the last French election b) That FN are currently in 1st place in the Euros opinion polls – what must they polling amongst white voters – must be pretty much 1 in 3.

  40. UKIP certainly isn’t a Fascist Party – economically it favours free markets, small government and low taxes – but surely the same could be said of the modern National Front in France, whose policies are remarkably similar to UKIP

    One of the main reasons that the NF is topping the polls in France at the moment is because it is no longer seen by many voters as a racist party, but a nationalist party that puts france first

    Obviously the French NF’s unsavoury and thoroughly racist past distinguishes them from UKIP, but surely it wouldn’t have won the endorsement of the Daily Mail – arguably the most pro-Israel newspaper on Fleet Street – if it hadn’t seek to disown its anti-semitic past and as things stand, I don’t see a great deal of difference between the policies advocated by UKIP and those supported by French National Front

  41. Marine Le Pen on the face of it tried to distance to FN from its antisemitic past. Her focus most recently has been Islamic extremists. Of course that’s a perfectly reasonable thing to oppose, but the BNP did that too in the last decade, only to revert back to antisemitism. Far right parties trying to ‘mainstream’ themselves often end in turmoil. I can see it happening to Greece’s Golden Dawn.

    Didn’t the European Parliament vote to remove her immunity from prosecution when she told a rally that Muslims praying in the streets of Paris was like Nazi occupation in the 30s?

  42. We Demand a Referendum candidate George Hargreaves has disappeared from their website – only Nikki Sinclaire now appears

  43. We Demand to Know Why.

  44. NOW!

  45. I really do wonder why such a party felt the need to set up camp, especially as UKIP is around. Although I’d feel sorry for Kippers if Katie Hopkins was anywhere near their party.

  46. It was set up by Nikki Sinclaire, a former UKIP MEP who resigned because of their ‘extreme right wing views’. She also sits as a substitute member on the Committee for Women’s Rights and Gender Equality.

    In other words, she’s Eurosceptic without being a right wing loon, but her party has attracted the most right wing of loons!

  47. Maybe she has a left wing Scandinavian mindset, which is both extremely Eurosceptic and very focused on equality issues.

  48. Nikki Sinclaire is just a weirdo with a grudge. Her main wheeze seems to be trying to attract Islamist voters by banging on about Kashmir and advocating extending blasphemy laws to ban for example cartoons showing Mohammed. I guess it may play well in parts of Inner East Birmingham, if voters there can be persuaded to vote for a lesbian transexual, but I don’t see her platform resonating much amongst the normal UKIP voting demographics

  49. She strikes me from stuff I’ve read about her as a Eurosceptic liberal, rather than a TUSC-esque left winger. She’s also Britain’s first transgender parliamentarian and a lesbian, which I’m sure UKIP hated.

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