South East Euro Candidates 2014

The South East returns ten MEPs, the largest region in the UK. In 2009 it returned four Conservative MEPs, two UKIP, two Liberal Democrats, one Green and one Labour. Marta Andreasen, the second UKIP MEP, defected to the Conservatives after falling out with Nigel Farage and will stand on the Conservative list at this election. Full results for 2009 are here.

ANNELIESE DODDS (Labour) Born 1978, Scotland. Educated at Oxford University. University lecturer. Contested Billericay 2005, Reading East 2010.
JOHN HOWARTH (Labour) Born 1958, Newcastle. Businessman. Berkshire councillor 1993-1998. Reading councillor 2001-2007.Contested Thames Valley 1994 European election, South East Region 1999 European election.
EMILY WESTLEY (Labour) Born 1977, Glasgow. Educated at Sussex University. Legal secretary. Hastings councillor since 2010.
JAMES SWINDLEHURST (Labour) Slough councillor since 2002.
FARAH NAZEER (Labour) Born in East London. Educated at University College London. Director of External affairs for the Motor Neurone Disease Association. Newham councillor.

6. James Watkins 7. Maggie Hughes
8. Christopher Clark 9. Karen Landles
10. Tracey Hill
DAN HANNAN (Conservative) Born 1971, Peru. Educated at Marlborough College and Oxford University. Former journalist and speechwriter. MEP for South East England since 1999.
NIRJ DEVA (Conservative) Born 1948, Sri Lanka. Educated at Loughborough University. MP for Brentford and Isleworth 1992-1997. MEP for South East England since 1999.. Appointed Deputy Lord Lieutenant for Greater London in 1985.
RICHARD ASHWORTH (Conservative) Born 1947, Folkestone. Educated at Kings School Canterbury and Searle-Hayne College. Dairy farmer. Contested North Devon 1997. MEP for South East England since 1999.
MARTA ANDREASEN (Conservative) Born 1954, Argentina. Former chief accountant of the EU, fired in 2005 for criticising EU accounting policies. MEP for South East England since 2009. Originally elected for UKIP she defected to the Conservatives in 2013 after falling out with Nigel Farage.
RICHARD ROBINSON (Conservative) Educated at Sir Joseph Williamsons Mathematical School and Salford University. Investment consultant. Former Rochester councillor. Contested South East England 2004, 2009 European elections.

6. Graham Knight 7. Julie Marson
8. George Jeffrey 9. Rory Love
10. Adrian Pepper
CATHERINE BEARDER (Liberal Democrat) Born 1949. Educated at St Christophers Letchworth. Former Cherwell councillor, former Oxfordshire councillor. Contested Banbury 1997, Henley 2001. Contested South East region 1999, 2005. MEP for South East England since 2009.
ANTONY HOOK (Liberal Democrat) Born 1980. Educated at Dover Grammar School for Boys and University College London. Barrister. Contested Dover 2001, 2005. Contested South East 2009 European election.
DINTI BATSTONE (Liberal Democrat) Educated at Rugby School and Cambridge University. Lawyer and businesswoman. Contested London 2009 European election.
GILES GOODALL (Liberal Democrat) Born in West Sussex. Educated at Royal Hollway. Head of media at the European Commission justice department.
IAN BEARDER (Liberal Democrat) Born 1978, Hertford Heath. Educated at Bournemouth University. Communications officer.

6. Allison Moss 7. Steven Sollitt
8. Bruce Tennent 9. John Vincent
10. Alan Bullion
NIGEL FARAGE (UKIP) Born 1964, Farnborough. Educated at Dulwich College. Former commodity broker. Contested Itchen, Test and Avon 1994 European election, Eastleigh by-election 1994, Salisbury 1997, Bexhill and Battle 2001, South Thanet 2005, Bromley and Chislehurst 2006 by-election, Buckingham 2010. MEP for South East England since 1999. Leader of UKIP 2006-2009 and since 2010.
JANICE ATKINSON (UKIP) Press advisor. Contested Batley and Spen 2010 for the Conservatives (as Janice Small).
DIANE JAMES (UKIP) Healthcare consultant. Waverley councillor since 2006, originally elected as an independent. Contested Eastleigh by-election 2012.
RAY FINCH (UKIP) Engineer. Hampshire councillor. Contested Eastleigh 2010.
DONNA EDMUNDS (UKIP) Lewes councillor since 2011, originally elected as a Conservative. Defected to UKIP in 2013.

6. Patricia Culligan 7. Nigel Jones
8. Alan Stevens 9. Simon Strutt
10. Barry Cooper
KEITH TAYLOR (Green) Born 1953, Southend. Brighton and Hove councillor 1999-2010. Contested Brighton Pavilion 2001, 2005. MEP since 2010, succeeding upon Caroline Lucas`s election to Parliament.
ALEXANDRA PHILLIPS (Green) Teacher. Brighton and Hove councillor since 2009.

3. Derek Wall 4. Jason Kitcat
5. Miriam Kennet 6. Beverley Golden
7. Jonathan Essex 8. Jonathan Kent
9. Stuart Jeffrey 10. Ray Cunningham
JOHN ROBINSON (BNP) Painter and decorator.

3. Eric Elliott 4. John Moore
5. Alwyn Deacon 6. Anthony Bamber
7. Brenda Waterhouse 8. Mark Jones
9. Jack Renshaw 10. Yvonne Deacon
STEVE UNCLES (English Democrats) Born 1964, Blackheath. Educated at Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar. Project manager. Contested South East region in 2004, 2009 European elections region. Contested Bromley and Chislehurst by-election 2006, Gravesham 2010. Contested South Wales West 2007 Welsh elections. Contested Londonwide list in 2008 London elections. Contested Kent 2013 police commissioner election.

2. Julia Gasper 3. Amanda Hopwood
4. Simone Clark 5. Steve Clegg
6. Milly Uncles 7. Mike Russell
8. Mike Tibby 9. Doreen Dye
10. William James
DAVE CHESHAM (Socialist Party of GB)

2. Rob Cox 3. Les Courtney
4. Sean Deegan 5. Max Hess
6. Claudia Hogg-Blake 7. Danny Lambert
8. Andy Matthews 9. Howard Pilott
10. Mike Young
PAUL WESTON (Liberty GB) Born 1963, Malaysia. Educated at Fosters Grammar School, Sherborne. Contested Cities of London and Westminster 2010 for UKIP.

2. Enza Ferreri 3. Jack Buckby
LAURENCE STASSEN (An Independence from Europe) Born 1971, Sittard. Former television presenter. MEP for the Netherlands since 2009, originally elected for the Party for Freedom (PVV).. Resigned from the PVV in March 2014 over comments Geert Wilders had made abour Moroccans.

2. Joyce Nattrass 3. Paul Godfrey
4. Alan Sheath 5. Ken Holtom
6. Mark Henry 7. Keith Vernon
8. Michaelina Argy 9. Seana Connolly
10. Dorothy Sheath
NORMAN BURNETT (CPA) Born 1964. Educated at Picardy School. Outreach worker and bus driver.

2. Suzanne Fernandes 3. Flora Amar
4. Rev Anthony 5. Dorothy Mugara
6. Kayode Shedowo 7. Bridget Oyekan
8. Nnenna St Luce 9. Chikka Roja
JOHN MORRIS (Peace Party) Born 1938, London. Contested Guildford 1997, 2001, 2005, 2010. South East 2009 European elections.

2. Jim Duggan 3. Julie Roxburgh
4. Jeff Bolam 5. Geoff Pay
6. David Brown 7. Keith Scott
8. Imdad Hussain 9. Munim Choudhury
10. Charles Wilkinson
JULIAN JAMES (YourVOICE) Educated at Royal Grammar School Guildford and BRNC Dartmouth. IT and business services consultant.

2. Rachel Ling 3. Fulvia James
JEAN-LOUIS PASCUAL (Roman Party Ave!) Born in France. Educated at Thames Valley University. Bus driver. Contested South East region 2009 European election.
TERRY LEACH (Harmony Party)

2. Raymond Crick
Comments - 101 Responses on “South East European Candidates 2014”
  1. First off Anthony, thank you for preparing these lists. Much appreciated.

    Couple of things struck me about the Green list here. Firstly, Jason Kitcat’s place of 4th. If this was a membership vote, doesn’t say much about the confidence Green members place in him after his record in Brighton. Then there’s Derek Wall, a former principal speaker (back before they had formal leaders), getting just 3rd. Amusingly enough, Wall is very much a left-wing Green, talking about Hugo Blanco an awful lot on his blog, yet he got himself elected on a parish council in, of all places, Winkfield in Bracknell Forest, which is usually near enough the strongest place for the Conservatives in the borough. Helped he got in because the Conservatives didn’t put up enough candidates, and so won uncontested.

  2. This could either go:

    4 Tory
    3 UKIP
    1 Labour
    1 Lib Dem
    1 Green

    Or (and this scenario is probably much less likely given Labour’s support being in based in select pockets of the SE region):

    3 Tory
    3 UKIP
    2 Labour
    1 Lib Dem
    1 Green

  3. This is Labour’s worst of the 9 English regions or 12 British European constituencies (as they don’t contest Northern Ireland).

    In 2009 Labour fell by 5.4% to just 8.2%.

    Given that Labour have support in Milton Keynes, Wycombe, Oxford, Reading, Slough, Gosport, Basingstoke, Aldershot, Farnborough, Southampton, Portsmouth, Crawley, Brighton & Hove, Margate, Ramsgate, Dover, Hastings and the Thames estuary towns on the North Kent Coast……to win a single seat would be a dreadful for them, as it would not be placing them in a position to win key marginals to win a working overall majority at the General Election in May 2015.

    2 seats should be Labour’s min. baseline.

  4. I would be wary of reading almost anything into the Euro election results. It will have only the very smallest bearing on the general election, whether UKIP, the Tories or Labour top the poll.

  5. Van Fleet,

    I think you’re quite wrong with your comments about the Green list. Keith was always likely to win, and that means the chances for a well-qualified female candidate who makes it clear that she’d be prepard to work had in election (just read her resume on the Green Party website) were always very good.

    So “just 3rd/4th” was the best realistically possible for both Derek and Jason, and that’s were they ended up. My guess as to why Derek ended up ahead of Jason is simply that Jason’s green party work is more locally based and thus somewhat less well known across the wider region.

    But then your comments rally just read like a bad whinge without any substance.

  6. In terms of predictions, I think Neil’s first suggestion (4/3/1/1/1) looks most likely. For any of Labour, LibDems or Greens to get a second seat they need 1/2 of the vote of the winner, which seems difficult.

  7. I agree that Tories on 4 seats, UKIP on 3 and Labour, Lib Dems and Greens with 1 each is the most likely scenario in the SE. I expect Labour to go up to 12-14%. A good increase but not quite enough for a 2nd seat.

  8. ‘But then your comments rally just read like a bad whinge without any substance.’


    I don’t even know how you feel that way. I was just making some observations. I have no personal stake in how the Green candidates are ranked, particularly considering the Greens here will only get at least one seat, so I’m not invested enough to feel I’ve got to whinge. Not that I would do anyway.

    Your point about Green members wanting some gender balance at the top of the list makes alot of sense. I just still found it interesting that Kitcat ended up round the middle of the list, and feel it says something about his standing among party members, which by all accounts is not great. Again, no whinge, since I don’t live in Brighton so don’t particularly care.

  9. Ok, I am sorry, my comment was not nice. On rereading your comment was no different from much other speculation here, including some of my own contibutions.

    I guess I was annoyed because there is increasing negative comment about the Greens by people with an agenda, and in addition to the traditional slander that all those Greens are in facts trots (‘proof: Derek Wall’) the other is currently that the Greens are power-hungry, selfish and incompetent (proof: Brighton Green Party).

  10. I would settle for just insane (0 growth anyone) and bound to wreck the country if they ever get any real power.

  11. Thanks CS. On re-reading my own comments, I can see why it didn’t come across the right way.

    For what it’s worth, of all the other main parties, the Greens are the ones I’d happily associate myself with. I’ve made criticisms about the party, as I have for every other party (including my own sometimes), but I’d certainly be up for a drink with Green members in a way I wouldn’t with many others.

  12. You wouldn’t have a drink with members of another party?

    I would happily have a drink with most bar the far-left or “far-right”

  13. Notice, ‘in a way’, which I thought rather implied I would be more happy about having a drink with Green members. I certainly didn’t say I wouldn’t have a drink with other members, though I concede I’d be more content with people on the same broad area of the spectrum than otherwise.

    My point is, I’m just saying that the Greens rather suit my views more than the other main parties. I certainly don’t think them ‘insane’, as you put it.

  14. I’m predicting this will be: 3 Conservative, 3, UKIP, 2 Labour, 1 Lib Dem & 1 Green

  15. I am a bit surprised Diane James came third on the UKIP list. Expected a second place given her prominence during and after Eastleigh. Aside from Nigel Farage, she’s the party’s best orator who represents the party professionally in the media.

  16. I was surprised too. She’s also exactly the kind of candidate UKIP needs to help turn them into a party with a wider appeal. The Godfrey Blooms of this world may have a devoted fan-base, but they’re going to turn just as many people off, with their mannerisms and sometimes-offbeat views. Diane James, however, represents a much more palatable agenda.

    The fact that Farage is obviously making an effort to put people of that type into prominent positions within the party, tells me he’s a leader with a good sense of what he needs to do to make sure UKIP aren’t a flash in the pan.

  17. Perhaps Diane James didn’t particularly want to be elected but her presence on the list may boost votes?

  18. Also, I don’t think that Labour have the strength in this region overall for more than one seat. The point is that Labour’s votes are concentrated in a handful of seats and even some where we do respectably aren’t really winnable other than in absolute landslide years

    We certainly don’t need them for a working majority.

  19. Number 3 should see her elected. UKIP NEC ranked her 4th at shortlisting stage but then members pushed her up into third spot.

  20. “The point is that Labour’s votes are concentrated in a handful of seats and even some where we do respectably aren’t really winnable other than in absolute landslide years”

    There are parts of Banbury where Labour performs decently in most years, but even in 1997 they missed out on it.

    For Labour the challenge is to get the vote out in their target seats and areas of strength like Southampton, Slough and Oxford. Their most realistic chances of gains in 2015 are Hastings and the Brighton and Hove seats so the data that emerges after the Euro elections should tell us about how they did there.

    There’s another tranche of SE targets which Labour will struggle (IMO) to gain in 2015, but will need to make progress in the Euros. Places like Reading, Crawley, Milton Keynes, Dover, the Estuary towns, etc.

  21. Labour will win a handful of southern seats but their importance is exaggerated. And I dont think the European elections tell us anything about the next national election.

  22. I certainly agree that the Euros won’t tell us much about the next GE, but disagree with your second point. Around a quarter of the top hundred Labour target seats are Tory seats in the SE. Miss out in more than a few of those and Labour won’t have a majority.

  23. ‘We certainly don’t need them for a working majority’

    That might well be the case – but I don’t think it’s healthy for Labour to be so under-represented in such an important part of the country – just as it’s not healthy for the Tories to be non-existant in Scotland and the cities of Northern England

  24. Do my eyes deceive me or has someone mentioned turnout here? Because I don’t see it… That will have an effect on who goes on to vote and who does not… will UKIPpers be as mad as hell and charge up their mobile chairs and dust off the walking frames? Will the non-UKIP Tories shrug their shoulders and join Labour voters in staying home.. will those crazy LibDems with their love of Europe make their 10% count even more by actually going out to vote..?

    The motivated Tories to turn out for a Euro election have now decamped in hordes to the UKIP… and what about those Greens… reading all the rest of the posts in this site over months I read people sceptical of the Greens being even able to match their 2010 performance and yet here we are with the Greens gaining a seat (i.e. 7% of the vote)… have read posts speculating on their grip on Brighton Pavilion and yet somehow they are supposed to win 7% of the vote across the whole South East… application of some logic would help make these projections have more weight…

  25. The Lib Dems positioning themselves as “the party of in” might help them to limit their losses in the Euro elections; it is a campaigning platform which the 20-30% of the electorate who are very pro-European might well be attracted to.

    I can’t help thinking, however, that it is going to set them up for a fall in the general election. Many areas with Lib Dem MPs are extremely Eurosceptic, most obviously the south west, and being known primarily as “the party of in” will be used remorselessly against Lib Dem MPs in such seats by UKIP and the Tories in 2015.

  26. The LibDems have to work on being Mighty Morphing Power Rangers… the “party of In” for 2014 and the party of Cornwall for 2015… Lloyd George started the trend to being many things to many people… and we’ve been working on it (with very mixed results) ever since

  27. Slightly stereotypical that all 5 of the labour candidates with profiles above are ethnic minorities or from the North or Scotland. Doesn’t scream of reaching beyond their core.

  28. That panders to diversity so that seats in the “real” election can be apportioned to sons of the great and good (and maybe even Danish First Husbands).

    Then they can argue “well we tried in Europe and the voters didn’t respond to rainbow lists”

  29. ‘Slightly stereotypical that all 5 of the labour candidates with profiles above are ethnic minorities or from the North or Scotland. Doesn’t scream of reaching beyond their core.’

    Joe, suggest you read the bios more carefully. It’s only listing them as their birth places. Dodds is based in Oxford, Howarth in Reading (where he’s lived since he was a young man), Westley in Hastings. Only Nazeer is based outside of the region.

  30. I cannot see Labour getting a second seat. On a really bad night, they might not get a seat at all. On the latest opinion polls (17/1/14) it is also marginal whether either the Greens or the LibDems will get a seat. Both these parties need to have a good look at the order of their candidates to make sure that their lead candidate makes an impact.
    One point for this site. Why do we have the names and details for five Labour candidates and five Liberal Democrat ones but only two Green ones? I think that from an impartial point of view details should be listed impartially for all the candidates selected for the five major parties (Conservative, Liberal Democrat, Labour, UKIP, Green).

  31. I think you’re being a little too pessimistic there. While I agree that Labour are unlikely to gain a second seat, there’s no way that they will lose their current seat in the region. If they could hold onto it in such a dismal year like 2009, they’ll keep hold of it in 2014. I also think the Lib Dems and Greens will keep their SE seats.

  32. Del Singh, Labour’s fourth-placed candidate, has been killed by a suicide bomb in Kabul.

    I’m slightly unclear on the situation here – does Farah Nazeer now move up to fourth, and will a new candidate have to be selected?

  33. Likewise can confirm that Singh was killed.

    I just can’t quite take this in. 🙁

  34. So tragic. So senseless. I feel almost terrible talking about how the list will change, but since the question was asked – I very much doubt there will be a new selection. What will most likely happen is – because the Labour list is ordered female-male-female e.t.c. – that James Swindlehurst will move up to take Singh’s place, and that one of the party’s reserve candidates will be brought in to fill the gap at the bottom of the list as the other male candidates move up accordingly.

  35. What was he doing in Kabul in the first place? Possibly business, given what his occupation is listed as. I do not like the sound of “international development consultant”, sounds like the sort of person living very well off the aid budget.

  36. Consultant probably doesn’t do him justice. He’s been in charge of an awful lot of development projects in his time, from Kosovo to Afghanistan, and he was out there sharing his experience to projects there I suppose.

    As much as the word ‘consultant’ may give a bad vibe, I very much doubt the kind of consultants with cushy jobs and good pay are the ones that go to Kabul!

  37. Yes that’s probably true. Seems like you knew him a bit.

  38. I did. I last spoke to him not so long ago. He was definitely one of the good guys in politics. I confess the news has hit me rather hard.

  39. Very sorry to hear about this. Surprisingly perhaps I hadn’t heard of him previously.

  40. I give my condolences to Del Singh as I did to Paul Goggins a week ago.

  41. @Van Fleet

    i suppose he was a left – wing version of those contractors the US used to have in Baghdad.

  42. Dear Mr Wells

    Liberty GB have announced that they will be standing three candidates in the South East England region in the Euro 2014 elections: Paul Weston, Enza Ferreri and Jack Buckby. Might it be possible to include them in your list? I can provide brief info and thumbnails, as for the other candidates.

    Many thanks

    Dr George Whale
    Nominating Officer
    Liberty GB.

  43. Hi there. Thanks for the info. I’m curious though, I’ve only heard about your party in passing – what is it you stand for?

  44. Tracey Hill has been selected to take the 10th place spot on the Labour list:

    This means that Del Singh’s place will be taken up by all the male candidates moving up one place. I should also repeat that, whilst I can’t find a linked source for this, I know that Chris Clark holds the bottom male place because Michael Hassell, who was originally slated for it, declined to be placed.

    This means that the Labour list now is:

    1. Dodds
    2. Howarth
    3. Westley
    4. Swindlehurst
    5. Nazeer
    6. Watkins
    7. Hughes
    8. Clark
    9. Landles
    10. Hill

    And yes, that does mean the female-male-female order has been broken as regards Hill.

  45. Actually, looking at that again, I’m thinking Landles might be 8th and Clark 9th, since Landles did stand in the actual selection battle. I’ll need to check again.

  46. Well, can’t say I was expecting AIFE’s top candidate to be a Dutch MEP…

  47. Jack Buckby of Liberty is the chairman of the National Culturists. He had a bodyguard at Liverpool University when my colleague met him.

  48. It is remarkably difficult to find out who the candidates for an area. When Googling all that is returned is information on why voting is important. Or hype for political commentators. To get people voting they need to know who the candidates are. Elementary I would have thought. 3 weeks to go and nothing received through my letterbox.

  49. Paul Weston of Liberty GB is arrested for comments about Islam.

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