Scotland Euro Candidates 2014

Scotland returns six MEPs. In 2009 it returned two MEPs from the SNP and Labour, one MEP each for the Liberal Democrats and Conservatives. Full results for 2009 are here.

DAVID MARTIN (Labour) Born 1954, Edinburgh. Educated at Libertson High School. Lothian regional councillor 1982-1984. MEP for Lothian 1984, MEP for Scotland since 1999.
CATHERINE STIHLER (Labour) Born 1973, Bellshill. Educated at Coltness High School and St Andrews University. Former researcher for Anne Begg. Contested Angus 1997, Dunfermline and West Fife 2006 by-election. MEP for Scotland since 1999.
DEREK MUNN (Labour) Public affairs professional and former special advisor.

4. Katrina Murray 5. Asim Khan
6. Kirsty O`Brien
IAN DUNCAN (Conservative) Born in Alyth. Educated at Alyth High School and St Andrews University. Public affairs professional and former Scottish Parliamentary clerk. Contested Aberdeen South 2003 Scottish election.
BELINDA DON (Conservative) Born in Birmingham. Educated at Sussex University. Contested Glenrothes 2005, Dundee West 2007, Cowdenbeath, Scotland 2009 European election.
NOSHEENA MOBARIK (Conservative) Born in Pakistan. Educated at Strathclyde University. Entrepreneur and Chairwoman of CBI Scotland. Awarded the OBE for services to business in 2004.

4. Jamie Gardiner 5. Iain McGill
6. Stuart McIntyre
GEORGE LYON (Liberal Democrat) Born 1956, Rothesay. Educated at Rothesay Academy. Farmer. MEP for Scotland since 2009. MSP for Argyll and Bute 1999-2007.
CHRISTINE JARDINE (Liberal Democrat) Educated at Braidfield High School and Glasgow University. Journalist. Contested Aberdeen Donside 2013 by-election.
RICHARD BRODIE (Liberal Democrat) Educated at Bathgate Academy and Edinburgh University. Teacher. Dumfries and Galloway councillor since 2008.

4. Jade Holden 5. Siobhan Mathers
6. Euan Davidson
DAVID COBURN (UKIP) Born in Glasgow. Businessman. Contested Old Bexley and Sidcup 2010.
KEVIN NEWTON (UKIP) Educated at Edinburgh University. Contested Dunfermline West 1997, Clydesdale 2001 for the Conservatives.
OTTO INGLIS (UKIP) Businessman. Contested Aberdeen Donside 2013 Holyrood by-election.

4. Denise Baykal 5. Hugh Hatrick
6. Malcolm Mackay
IAN HUDGHTON (SNP) Former leader of Angus council. MEP for North East Scotland 1998-1999. MEP for Scotland since 1999.
ALYN SMITH (SNP) Born 1973, Glasgow. Educated at Leeds University. Commercial lawyer. MEP for Scotland since 2004.
TASMINA AHMED-SHEIKH (SNP) Born in Chelsea. Educated at Edinburgh University. Lawyer and actress. Contested Glasgow Govan 1999 Scottish elections for the Conservatives.

4. Stephen Gethins 5. Toni Giugiano
6. Chris Stephens
MAGGIE CHAPMAN (Green) Born in Zimbabwe. University lecturer. Edinburgh councillor since 2007.
CHAS BOOTH (Green) Born in Lincoln. Educated at Edinburgh University. Edinburgh councillor. Contested Scotland region 2004, 2009 European elections. Contested South of Scotland 1999, 2003 Scottish elections.

3. Grace Murray 4. Alastair Whitelaw
5. Anne Thomas 6. Steen Parish
DAVID ORR (BNP) Doorman.

3. Victoria McKenzie 4. Angus Matthys
5. Paul Stafford 6. Stacey Fleming
JOHN FOSTER (No2EU) History professor and international secretary of the Communist Party of Britain. Contested Glasgow Govan 1999 Scottish election, 2001 general election, 2003 Scottish election. Contested Scotland in 2009 European election.

2. Andrew Elliott 3. Murdo Maclean
4. Gail Morrow 5. Brian Smith
6. Richard Veitch
JIM DOWSON (Britain First) Former BNP fundraiser and leader of the UK Life League.

2. John Randall 3. Jayda Fransen
4. Geoffrey Clynch 5. Margaret Clynch
6. Jane Shepherd
Comments - 57 Responses on “Scotland European Candidates 2014”
  1. No UKIP?

  2. That is mystery if they’re not fielding candidates here. It’s not like they’d do that well though. I must say that the way Nigel Farage was treated last summer by those idiots in Edinburgh was disgusting and just goes to show how the far left (most weren’t SNP supporters but part of non-mainstream left wing groups) has a really intolerant and reactionary streak.

  3. To my knowledge UKIP haven’t confirmed their list in Scotland yet due to internal disputes in Scotland.

  4. They are fielding candidates. We have a shortlist of their candidates, but as far as I’m aware no final order of them has ever emerged. Farage has subsequently had a huge falling out with their Scottish leader Christopher Monckton and sacked him, and the party seems to have gone completely haywire up there… but no doubt in the fullness of time a list of candidates will be cobbled together.

  5. There is a good chance that we will not know the order until nominations are published.

  6. Regardless of what happens to the list, UKIP may get a seat but there are parties better positioned than them to do so in Scotland at the minute.

    SNP: 2 seats
    LAB: 2 seats
    CON: 1 seat

    The final seat could go to UKIP but it will probably be a 3rd SNP seat. The Lib Dems must be practically out of the race here, probably behind the Greens in fact in 6th place.

  7. If SNP and Lab are tight on about 30 each, there has to be a chance that neither will triple the vote of Greens/UKIP. UKIP scored 7 in 2004, so there has to potential to hit 10+ surely.

  8. Having looked more closely into the situation I am inclined to agree with you there Joe. I do think it will be hard for UKIP to go much over 10% though, remember that the SNP weren’t as strong back in 2004 and while UKIP and the SNP are very different in terms of policy they do both benefit from an anti-establishment vote. That element of UKIP’s support will be squeezed by the SNP who are undoubtedly more dominant in this neck of the woods than UKIP.

    I can see a UKIP seat, I just think that a 3rd SNP seat seems more likely. I guess that we will find out in just under 5 months.

  9. As Scotland is by far UKIP weakest area, and the Nats could well poll better than they did in 2009 while Labour is unlikely to do worse, it would guess 3x SNP, 2x Labour, 1x Tories, with the SGP in fourth place

  10. 111,

    Its highly likely that the SNP will enjoy 12 years of power in Holyrood, are they really an anti establishment party? That said can be no doubt they’ll top the polls in this election.

  11. Sorry but I can only see a swing away from SNP and Labour…

    Take my wife’s Father 88 year old voted SNP all is life and now finds out that the SNP pushed through gay marriage, he will no longer vote for SNP. How much more will walk away…

    Well currently the Scotland for marriage has 55,000 who signed a petition, that’s more people than all the combined membership of all the parties in Scotland.

    That alone could give UKIP an additional 3.25% assuming a 4,000,000 voting population and a 39% turnout at the Euro elections.

    Not to long to wait to find out…

  12. I want to email the candidates and ask:
    1. What is your policy on implementation of European Directives and/or international initiatives to combat climate change? I am tired of platitudes and “policy documents” We need action This isn’t a marginal issue: it affects everyone. I have a 9month child who will be 37 in 2050.
    2. What is your policy on pushing the EU to solve the humanitarian crisis in Syria?

    Yes, some voters do think beyond Midlothian.

  13. Just seen Colin’s post. Colin, if you’re still around to read this, I suspect you’ll be highly disappointed if that’s your prediction.

    Very few people change their votes on the basis of something like gay marriage. Your father-in-law just happens to be one of them. Likewise for those 55,000 – I guarantee very few of them are going to change their votes on the basis of that alone.

    As it is, polling shows the SNP are on course to significantly improve on their performance from 2009. So, yeah.

    As to Claire, we’re not in a position to help you. This is just a polling site, we’re not in contact with the candidates. I suggest you look up the websites for the individual parties, and find the contact details from there.

  14. I’m too provocative to be a candidate….

    My reply to Claire would be extremely short

    1. Nothing

    2. Nothing

  15. You have such a way with words, H.H. 😛

  16. I deduce that Colin’s uncle lived in Perth & East Perthshire

  17. I very much doubt an 88 year old could have voted SNP “all is(sic) life”. Was the SNP in existence 67 years ago, and did they stand candidates?

  18. Yes, H. Hemmelig, the SNP did exist 67 years ago-the first SNP MP, Robert McIntyre, was elected in Motherwell in a by-election in March 1945, 69 years ago. He lost the seat at the 1945 general election some months later.

  19. He would have first been able to vote at the 1950 General election. There were Scottish Nationalist candidates then in Glasgow Kelvingrove, Motherwell, Perth & East Perthshire and Stirling, Falkirk & Grangemouth. There were additionally Scottish Home Rule candidates in Argyll and the Western Isles, a Scottish Self Government candiadte in West Lothian and an Independent Scottish Nationalist in Edinburgh Central.
    In 1951 there were only two Scottish Nationalist candidates, in Perth & East Perthshire and in Western Isles and in 1955 there were also only two, in Perth & East Perthshire and in Stirling, Falkirk & Grangemouth.

    Hence my observation above your post

  20. I see.

    They can only have attracted a handful of votes in the early days though.

    He must be just about the only SNP voter from 1951 still alive.

    (alternatively it could be bullshit)

  21. Very often you hear that someone has voted for a party all their life (especially if they are about to change their vote) and then find that in fact it isn’t the case.

  22. With such high levels of apathy in the local elections, and no minimal number of voters required to turnout by law, how can we call these European Elections a fair or just representation of us – the electorate.

    Until voting becomes compulsary, those who don’t turn out to vote have no right to complain or whinge afterwards.

  23. I would suggest a move from closed to open lists as a method of increasing turnout. Give people more options as to how to use their vote and hopefully more people will exercise that right.

  24. By closed list you mean allowing the electors to determine which candidate on the party list wins as opposed to a set list where the ones at the top win.

  25. SNP 3
    Lab 2
    Con 1

  26. ICM poll:

    SNP 37%
    Lab 28%
    Con 11%
    UKIP 10%
    LD 7%
    Green 4%

  27. What we need is to return to the constituency model for the Euros (with PR, this time, of course).

    The Regions set up is a barrier to representation and relevance

  28. I’d agree with you on that Doktorb. Go back to single member constituencies formed by grouping together parliamentary constituencies. Elections to be held using the suplimentary vote system. It would be controversial though since it would end any realistic chance UKIP (or the Lib Dems for that matter) have of retaining seats in Brussells. Northern Ireland should continue to use STV though.

  29. Why would it stop UKIP from gaining seats, in terms of Euro elections they are a major not a minor party and would get pluralities in euro constituencies.

  30. From a Scottish angle it would but UKIP have never had a Scottish seat under the list system, so assuming comment is about all UK.

  31. How would you have single member constituencies elected by PR ??

  32. IIRC the EU requires member states to elect MEPs from multi member constituencies, and the size of the pre-99 constituencies would lend themselves well for that.

  33. They were single member. You would have to have constituencies twice as large and then have an additional member system to make the result proportional (which is what the EU requires)

  34. The Euro elections were also treated as an irrelevance when they were fought as FPTP single member constituencies.

    I personally like the PR list system. It is a properly proportional system which doesn’t rely on the daft premise that second and third preferences count equally with first preferences. It gives parties such as UKIP and the Greens the chance of getting a good number of MEPs elected, which is a good thing.

    The idea that the pre 1999 Euro constituencies represented natural communities, or that any more than a few anoraks knew who their MEPs were, is laughable. Some of the constituencies were absolutely appalling constructs.

  35. Also the current system gives some degree of opposition representation in areas of one-party domination…..Surrey will always have at least one Labour MEP, and Barnsley will always have at least one Tory MEP. Again I think that is a very positive thing.

  36. I imagine Scottish Tories would really have the stuffing knocked out of them if they’re beaten by UKIP in the Euros. There’s sort of been an assumption by the chattering classes that UKIP would fail badly in Scotland but the polls don’t seem to be bearing that out.

  37. What % of the vote is generally needed to win a seat in Scotland, 10%?

  38. I didn’t realise the EU required multi-member constituencies, I just thought we had to at least use a semi-proportional electoral system.

    Probably best if we stay with what we’ve got.

    I certainly prefer Closed List PR over STV. I’m not big fan of having to state first and second preferences.

  39. But for national and local elections, I do still prefer FPTP and single member constituencies.

  40. “What % of the vote is generally needed to win a seat in Scotland, 10%?”

    That’s right. So a seat is almost certainly going to be won by either the Tories or UKIP on about 10%, whichever comes ahead.

  41. Adam, if memory serves, it has to be multi member (though the German seat in Belgium is single member, so there could be a loophole…)

  42. Thanks Andy JS.

    So conceivably we could end up with:

    SNP 2
    Lab 2
    Con 1
    UKIP 1

    That would really be a turn up for the books!

    Although right now, I think it will end up with:

    SNP 3
    Lab 2
    Con 1

  43. Pump, no, Andy is saying the last seat will be won EITHER by the Tories or UKIP on something like 10%, depending on which comes ahead. So, looks like it’s turning into a real heated battle.

  44. VF

    Lab 32.9
    SNP 32.9
    Con 11.1
    UKIP 11.1

    Other 12

    Would give
    SNP 2
    Lab 2
    Con 1
    UKIP 1

    That wouldn’t be far out from the ICM poll – indicating that 2, 2, 1, 1 is a possible (granted – unlikely) outcome.

  45. Actually, if the Tories (and UKIP) only end up around 10%, then even a fourth SNP seat is quite possible…

    “(though the German seat in Belgium is single member, so there could be a loophole…)”

    I suspect that will be because of the relatively small numbers of the German ethnic minority in their region around Spa [Kairer Bill’s old HQ], Eupen & Malmedy.

    On that basis, if the UK or rUK is still in the EU come 2019 then perhaps there will have to be a specific Cornish seat now that they have ethnic minority status.

  47. I cannot imagine Scotland giving a seat to the ultra-rightwing Ukip. If they REALLY didn’t want any MEPs funded by multi-millionaires, they would rather end up voting for the No2EU group, I guess.

  48. Its a bit rich calling UKIP ‘ultra-rightwing’ The candidate I voted for in the general election was clearly left of center. Given that we are the only party against the undemocratic EU all shades of political opinion can be included.

  49. For Scotland I’m predicting:

    3 SNP
    2 Labour
    1 Conservative

  50. I think the 6th seat now is going to between the SNP and UKIP. This is biggest effort I’ve seen from UKIP in Scotland (well my part anyway). I wonder if there will be a Scottish Euro poll between now and election day.

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