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London Euros

The London European region covers Greater London. In 2009 the region returned 3 Conservative MEPs, 2 Labour MEPs, 1 UKIP MEP, 1 Lib Dem MEP and 1 Green MEP.

Sitting MEPs and 2009 Results

1. portrait Charles Tannock (Conservative) 479,037 (27.4%)
2. portrait Claude Moraes (Labour) 372,590 (21.3%)
3. portrait Sarah Ludford (Liberal Democrat) 240,156 (13.7%)
4. portrait Syed Kamall (Conservative) (239,519)
5. portrait Jean Lambert (Green) 190,589 (10.9%)
6. portrait Gerard Batten (UKIP) 188,440 (10.8%)
7. portrait Mary Honeyball (Labour) (186,295)
8. portrait Marina Yannakoudakis (Conservative) (159,679)
-. BNP 86,420 (4.9%)
-. Christian Party 51,336 (2.9%)
-. Jan Jananayagam (Independent) 50,014 (2.9%)
-. English Democrats 24,477 (1.4%)
-. No2EU 17,758 (1.0%)
-. Socialist Labour 15,306 (0.9%)
-. Libertas 8,444 (0.5%)
-. Jury Team 7,284 (0.4%)
-. Steven Cheung (Independent) 4,918 (0.3%)
-. Socialist Party of GB 4,050 (0.2%)
-. Yes 2 Europe 3,384 (0.2%)
-. Sohale Rahman (Independent) 3,248 (0.2%)
-. Gene Alcantara (Independent) 1,972 (0.1%)
-. Haroon Saad (Independent) 1,603 (0.1%)

2004 Results

1. portrait Syed Kamall (Conservative) 504,941 (26.8%) (Replaced Theresa Villiers 2005)
2. portrait Claude Moraes (Labour) 466,584 (24.8%)
3. portrait Sarah Ludford (Liberal Democrat) 288,790 (15.3%)
4. portrait John Bowis (Conservative) (252,471) (Will stand down at next election)
5. portrait Mary Honeyball (Labour) (233,292)
6. portrait Gerard Batten (UKIP) 232,633 (12.3%)
7. portrait Charles Tannock (Conservative) (168,314)
8. portrait Jean Lambert (Green) 158,986 (8.4%)
9. portrait Robert Evans (Labour) (155,528) (Will stand down at next election)
-. Respect 91,175 (4.8%)
-. BNP 76,152 (4.0%)
-. CPA 45,038 (2.4%)
-. English Democrats 15,945 (0.9%)
-. People’s Party… 5,205 (0.3%)

2009 Candidates

Labour

1. portraitClaude Moraes. Sitting MEP. Born India. Educated at Dundee University. Prior to his election was director of the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants. MEP for London since 1999.
2. portraitMary Honeyball. Sitting MEP. Born 1953, Weymouth. Prior to her election was the General Secretary of the Association of Chief Officers of Probation. MEP for London since 2000, when she succeeded upon the resignation of Pauline Green.
3. portraitAnne Fairweather. Born London. External relations manager for the Recruitment and Employment Confederation.
4. portraitKevin McGrath. Chartered surveyor and partner of an asset management firm. Contested North East Hampshire 2005. Funded Hilary Benn’s deputy leadership campaign in 2007. Part owner of Tribune since 2008.
5. portraitEmma Jones. Teacher. Haringey councillor
6. portraitRaj Jethwa. Trade Union policy officer. Contested Harborough 2001.
7. portraitNilgun Canver. Born 1957, Turkey. Haringey councillor since 1998.
8. portraitAbdul Asad. Tower Hamlets councillor.

Conservative

1. portraitCharles Tannock. Sitting MEP. Born 1957, Aldershot. Educated at Bradfield College and Oxford University. Former consultant psychiatrist. MEP for London since 1999.
2. portraitSyed Kamall. Sitting MEP. Born 1967, London. Educated at Latymer School and Liverpool University. Former business consultant. Contested London assembly elections 2000, West Ham 2001. MEP for Lonsonc since 2005, succeeding Theresa Villiers upon her election to Parliament.
3. portraitMarina Yannakoudakis. Barnet councillor.
4. portraitJean-Paul “JP” Floru. Born 1969, Aalst, Belgium. Educated at Leuven University. Non practicising solicitor and director of the Freedom Alliance. Westminster councillor since 2006.
5. portraitWarwick Lightfoot. Economist. Kensington and Chelsea councillor. Contested Cornwall South East 1997. Unsucessfully sought the Conservative nomination for London mayor in 2007.
6. portraitGraham Postles. Born 1957, Liverpool. Educated at Birmingham Polytechnic. Chartered insurance broker, working as a self-employed marketing and communications consultant. Contested Walsall South 1987, Dudley West by-electon 1994. Contested Newham mayoralty 2002.
7. portraitAlison Sproule. Works for Macmillan Cancer Support.
8. portraitIan Twinn

Liberal Democrat

1. portraitSarah Ludford Sitting MEP. Born 1951. Former Islington councillor. Life peer since 1997. MEP for London since 1999.
2. portraitJonathan Fryer Born 1950, Manchester. Educated at Manchester Grammar School. Freelance writer and broadcaster. Bromley councillor 1986-1990. Contested Chelsea 1983, Orpington 1987, Leyton 1992. Contested London South-East 1979, 1984, 1994, London 1999, 2004.
3. portraitDinti Batstone
4. portraitChristopher Le Breton Born 1964, Kenya. Educated at Sussex University. Leadership coach. Contested Greenwich and Woolwich 2005.
5. portraitJohn Pindar Former Lambeth councillor.
6. portraitSimon James Kingston councillor since 2002. Contested Tooting 1997, 2001, Spelthorne 2005.
7. portraitCaroline Persson
8. portraitBen Jones

UKIP

1. portraitGerald Batten Sitting MEP. Born 1954, London. Former British Telecom salesman. Contested Barking by-election 1994, Harlow 1997, West Ham 2001, Dagenham 2005. Contested London mayoralty 2008. MEP for the London Region since 2004.
2. portraitRalph Atkinson European Parliament researcher. Contested Dulwich and West Norwood 2005. Contested London region in 2004 European Parliamentary elections. Contested London list in 2008 Assembly elections.
3. portraitMichael Zuckerman Contested Ludlow 2005.
4. portraitTim Worstall Born 1963, Torquay. Educated at Downside Abbey and the LSE. Blogger and metals dealer.
5. portraitSunita Webb Contested Brent and Harrow in 2008 London elections.
6. portraitStrachan McDonald Contested Tooting 2005.
7. portraitLawrence Webb
8. portraitAnuruddha Reuata

Green

1. portraitJean Lambert. Sitting MEP. Born 1950, Orsett. Former teacher. MEP for London since 1999. Principle speaker of the Green party between 1992-1993 and 1998-1999.
2. portraitUte Michel. Born Germany. NHS project officer. Lewisham councillor since 2006..
3. portraitShahrar Ali. Educated at UCL. Green Party London Policy Coordinator. Contested Brent East 2005, Brent & Harrow 2008 London elections. Will contest Brent Central at the next General election..
4. portraitJoseph Healy.Born Dublin. Contested London in 2004 European elections. Will contest Vauxhall at next general election.
5. portraitMiranda Dunn. Born Putney. Former actress, now full time political activist and housewife. Contested Barnet and Camden in 2004 and 2000 London Assembly elections. Contested Finchley and Golders Green 2001, Barnet & Camden 2008 London elections. Convicted of disorderly conduct in 2007 for breaking through Treasury security cordons to shout “Gordon Bown is a war criminal”, she had previously been arrested for criminal damage to a carpet after throwing a tomato at President Bush..
6. portraitShasha Khan. Director in a family business and runs a dance music record label. Contested Croydon North 2005, Croydon and Sutton at 2008 London elections. Will contest Croydon North at next election.
7. portraitJohn Hunt. Former software specialist, now retrained as a nurse.
8. portraitCaroline Allen. Born 1974, Essex. Educated Colchester County High and Cambridge University. Veterinary Surgeon practicing in North London.

BNP

1. portraitBob Bailey. Born 1965, Scunthorpe. Former royal marine. Barking and Dagenham councillor since 2006. Contested London assembly list 2008.
2. portraitMichael Barnbrook. Born Essex. Educated at Plaistow Grammar School. Retired policeman. Will contest Old Bexley and Sidcup at the next election.
3. portraitDennis Pearce. Retired engineer and former colour sergeant. Brother of former England footballer Stuart Pearce.
4. portraitJulian Leppert. Postal worker. Contested London mayoralty 2004. Contested Londonwide list in 2004, 2008 GLA elections. Contested Epping Forest 2005. Redbridge councillor since 2006.
5. portraitRoberta Woods. Educated at University of Greenwich. IT analyst. Contested London assembly list 2008.
6. portraitChris Forster. Former local authority auditor and accountant, now working as a psychic and psychic event organiser. Contested London assembly list in 2008.
7. portraitJohn Clarke. Educated at Croydon College. Mechanical engineer.
8. portraitJohn Evans. Born 1937.

Libertas

1. portraitMax Burt Former advertising executive, left disabled after a car accident. Now working as a marketing consultant.
2. portraitSusannah Prins Educated at Edinburgh University. Head of development at Open Europe.
3. portraitPeter Lloyd Works in the financial services industry.
4. portraitHerbert Crossman Former Liberal Democrat councillor in Harrow. Contested Harrow West for the Referendum Party in 1997. Member of the Conservative party 1998-1999. Contested 2008 Haltemprice and Howden by-election as an Independent.
5. portraitVictoria Wood Born Somerset. Works in film and events management
6. portraitAlan Radlett
7. portraitManesh Padhiar
8. portraitPaul Forrester

No2EU

1. portraitBob Crow Born 1961, Shadwell. Educated at Hainault High School. Former London transport track-repairer. General Secretary of the RMT since 2002. Former member of the CPGB, CPB and the Socialist Labour Party.
2. portraitJohn Hendy Barrister specialising in industrial relations and employment rights. QC.
3. portraitMary Davis Professor of Labour history at London Metropolitan University.
4. portraitKevin Nolan Unite convenor at Visteon
5. portraitSyed Islam Social worker.
6. portraitOnay Kasab Unison branch secretary. Member of the Socialist party.
7. portraitJohn Rowe Health worker
8. portraitNick Wrack Educated at Cambridge University. Barrister, specialising in criminal defence, inquests, prison law and civil actions against police. Former journalist and editor of Militant.

SPGB

1. portraitDaniel Lambert Contested Vauxhall 2005, Lambeth & Southwark 2008 London elections.
2. Tristan Miller 3. Janet Carter
4. Bill Martin 5. Adam Buick
6. Simon Wigley 7. Frederick Allen
8. Patricia Deutz

English Democrat

1. portraitRoger Cooper Born 1945, Hertfordshire. Catering consultant. Contested South West and Londonwide list in 2008 London elections.
2. portraitGraham Dare Medium and spiritualist healer. Croydon councillor 1998-2002, originally for the Conservative party but defected to the Liberal Democrats 2001. Contested Croydon South 2005 for Veritas, Barnet and Camden 2008 London elections for Veritas.
3. portraitSati Chaggar Born Nairobi, 1961. Owns a car repair business. Contested Ealing Southall by-election 2007, Ealing and Southall 2008.
4. portraitGraham Wood
5. portraitArvind Tailor Born 1964. Contested Brent and Harrow 2008.
6. portraitElaine Cheeseman
7. portraitDavid Stevens Born 1966. Contested Barnet and Camden 2008.
8. portraitJanus Polenceus Born 1983. Educated at St Michael’s Secondary School, Bermondsey. Actor. Contested Vauxhall 2005.

Christian Party

1. portraitGeorge Hargreaves Born George Jackman in 1958. Educated at Woolverstone Hall School and Oxford University. Former songwriter, most famously penning Sinitta’s “So Macho”, now Pastor of the Hephizibah Christian Centre, Hackney. Contested Walthamstow for the Referendum Party in 1997. Contested 2004 Birmingham Hodge Hill by-election for Operation Christian Vote. Contested Scotland in 2004 European elections for Operation Christian Vote. Contested Na h-Eileanan an Lar 2005, Dunfermline and West Fife by-election 2006, Haltemprice and Howden by-election 2008.
2. portraitSusan May Works for a housing association. GLA candidate 2000, 2004, 2008.
3. portraitPaula Warren Runs a business selling festive decorations. Contested London elections 2008.
4. portraitStephen Hammond Ordained lay minister. Works in property finance and management. President of the CPA. Contested GLA elections 2004, 2008, West Ham 2005.
5. portraitMary Boyle Radiographer at Hillingdon hospital. Has worked with the Simon Community and COPE foundation. Contested Ealing and Hillingdon 2008.
6. portraitSuzanne Fernandez
7. portraitPetar Ljubisic
8. portraitDavid Williams

Jury Team

1. portraitReza Tabrizi Educated at UMIST. Consultant to HSBC.
2. Evan Millner 3. Lucy O’Sullivan McCormick
4. Afshin Payravi 5. Thomas Mulcahy
6. Sherif Malak 7. David Littlejohn
8. Gregory Williams

Socialist Labour

1. portraitArthur Scargill Born 1938, Worsbrough Dale. Educated at Worsbrough Dale School and worked as a miner from the age of 15. President of the NUM from 1981 to 2002, he was the leader of the 1984-1985 miners strike. Left the Labour Party and founded the Socialist Labour Party in 1996. Contested Newport East 1997, Hartlepool 2001.
2. Amanda Rose 3. Colin Muir
4. Linda Muir 5. Ronald Sinclair
6. Margaret Sharkey 7. Alan Jones
8. Carole Whatham

Yes2Europe

1. portraitBrendan Donnelly Director of the Federal Trust. Former Conservative MEP, he left the party and contested the 1999 European elections as the Pro-Euro Conservative Party. Subsequently joined the Liberal Democrat party.

There are also five Independent candidates:

portraitGene Alcantara (Independent) Immigration caseworker. Contested West Ham 2005 for Veritas.
portraitSteven Cheung (Independent) Born Hong Kong. Radio DJ and community activist.
portraitJan Jananayagam (Independent) Member of Tamils against Genocide.
portraitSohale Rahman (Independent) Born London. Business consultant.
portraitHaroon Saad (No description)

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83 Responses to “London European Elections”

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  1. There is the small matter that Respect are not standing this time. They accounted for more than half the ‘others’ vote last time. Many of their voters may switch to other left parties like No2EU and the Socialist party, but i’m not sure that most will as it was a specific vote for Galloway’s party by certain ethnic minority voters (Respect got about 20% in Newham and Tower Hamlets and I dont see any of these left parties matching that kind of support)

  2. I didn’t realise Respect were not standing – is there any reason for that. That does change things – possibly putting Labour in with a shout of a third seat.

  3. “I didn’t realise Respect were not standing – is there any reason for that.”

    I think the main reason is that it costs quite a lot of money, and they wouldn’t do very well. Also, some party members want to support No2EU, while others don’t, and standing against that group might have split the party again.

  4. I would imagine that some parties will use the constituency breakdown of the Euros for internal purposes to determine levels of funding for seats or strategy – and if there are any seats where Lib Dems or minor parties do better than expected then you can expect to see bar charts using the Euro results popping up all over the place!

  5. With Respect…

    With a choice of No2EU, SPGB and SLP, not to mention Greens, and the various independants, I don’t see much of the old Respect vote reverting to Labour – certainly not enough to compensate for what BNP and above mentioned parties are likely to siphon off Labour.

    As I mentioned a few weeks back, this region has one of the closest matches to the national result, so if Lab come in under 22% here it will be a bad night for them across the country.

  6. While Neil is right to point out an interchange between Lib-Dem and Green voters, there is also an interchange between Labour and Green voters, too. As Neil suggests Labour voters could switch to BNP – in places like Woolwich, Bexley and Barking as we have seen. But does he honestly think that ex-Labour voters – say teachers in Camden or nurses in Islington or local government workers in Lewisham – are going to switch to BNP? Of course not, which is why Greens have done so well in inner London former Labour strongholds and BNP have done so badly.

  7. We have been trying to solicit some ethnic minority votes in Tower Hamlets for an Independent Candidate, but the word we are getting is that the Imams have already told their followers to vote Conservative. But this was before the expenses scandal.

  8. “the word we are getting is that the Imams have already told their followers to vote Conservative”

    That is pretty surprising actually – pleasantly surprising – I was under the impression that the Muslim vote generally went to Labour. Does anyone know of any reason why that might have changed? Or could it just be a reflection of the general mood accross the country?

  9. NEIL

    ““the word we are getting is that the Imams have already told their followers to vote Conservative”

    That is pretty surprising actually – pleasantly surprising – I was under the impression that the Muslim vote generally went to Labour. Does anyone know of any reason why that might have changed? Or could it just be a reflection of the general mood across the country?”

    If I were you I would most definitely await any official or semi-official claim before getting swept away with an idea that Imams in the still predominantly poor but improving East End of London are instructing their followers to vote Conservative.

    I will freely accept that there are a number of Community Leaders in the East End Muslim population who are confidently advocating Conservative Party politics. However, I firmly suspect that the numbers of such Community Leaders are comparibly very small.

    As I say we should wait for any reliable confirmation of such a development.

  10. Maybe they no longer see Labour as the party for them, as many within the East End, irrespective of race/religion, are now realising. The Tory vote in areas such as Tower Hamlets is growing and some of this growth must come from the local Muslim community, young and old.

  11. I wonder if we will get a breakdown of votes per London ward – that would be something Id be very interested in seeing.

  12. I would love that to be the case (I would like to see that everywhere) but I think the reason these results were avaialbe at ward level in 2004 was because the Mayoral and GLA elections were run on the same day therefore on this occassion we shall have to make do with borough level results 😐

  13. I thought it was all being done by constituency this time?

  14. Comments on STV above are incorrect. Generally, under STV, parties run one more candidate than they expect to be elected – so in a ten member seat, I would be surprised to see any party running more than five candidates, and the fringe parties would only run one or two candidates. Of course, it does raise the question of why anyone puts so many people on their list. It would make sence under an open list system, but doesn’t here.

  15. The reason parties list as many candidates as there are vacancies is so that if an MEP dies, is locked up or “does a runner”, the party can replace them with a candidate further down the list. It looks a little bit more democratic than just chosing anyone to fill a vacancy.

    And of course, in the unlikely event that all votes are for one party, it means that 8 MEPs can be elected.

    In STV multi-member it does make sense to nominate one more candidate than you expect to elect, any more and you are in danger of spreading the party vote too thinly with the risk of candidates from other more disciplined parties being elected.

  16. Of course there’s also the question of just who in each party will actually make the decision about how many candidates to run – some of the overnominations in the last Northern Irish Assembly elections were because of local parties making the decision and/or local/central conflict. If we were to have STV introduced elsewhere I’m not sure parties would immediately nominate rationally.

  17. Given recent polls, Labour would appear unlikely to hold onto their third seat.

    It will be interesting to see whether UKIP gain strength in London in line with recent national opinion polls or whether, as the result last time suggests, UKIP’s strength is more in the regions.

    The last couple of places are likely, as always, to be close and unpredictable. But I would guess that the late Green impetus in the polls will be sufficient to keep them their seat, even though this looked unlikely at the start of the campaign.

    There are uncertainities in this seat in relation to the minor parties, not only the BNP but also those to the left of Labour. Bob Crow and Arthur Scargill are both big names who could pick up disillusioned Labour votes from electors who only see their name in the booth. I don’t think it’s likely, but it’s not impossible.

  18. I had thought that London would be one of UKIP’s most disappointing regions in the Euro elections. For example there was a by-election in Redbridge a few weeks ago in a ward where UKIP might have done well but they hardly polled any votes at all. After the expenses scandal they may do better than I had thought before.

  19. Andy – As much as I’d like to count UKIP out, by-elections aren’t necessarily a guide to larger elections (I’m a Lib Dem…I KNOW!) and local councils are not a place where UKIP can make much difference so they get pretty low showings.

    Frederic – Surely if Labour were to get a third seat that would be a gain anyway as their third seat last time was number 9 and there are only 8 seats this time.

    The lefty fringes might pick up votes from people looking for a protest but I don’t know how much impact Scargill or Crow’s names will make – the names of the candidates are very very small!

    Greens will be on track to keep their seat, I think if the most recent polls are accurate – but given what the last week’s polling has shown I’m taking nothing for granted.

  20. Final Prediction:

    Conservatives – 3
    Labour – 2
    Libdems – 1
    UKIP – 1
    Greens – 1

    The final seat will be a scrap between Libdem and Labour, but I can see Labour edging it.

  21. Independent Tamil candidate for London region Jan Jananayagam has a maximum support among Tamils and she has badly damaged Labour vote in London region. She is very hopeful of winning the seat.

  22. It’s certainly true that Tamil voters were out in force in my ward (Ladywell, Lewisham) yesterday and determined to deliver a message via the ballot box. I think Jan Jananayagam will be some way ahead of all the other independent candidates on the London ballot paper, but it’s quite a tall order for her to get the 150,000 or so votes (probably more) that would be needed for her to be elected. Thought her leaflet and website were good though, and wouldn’t under-estimate the ability of the Tamil community to get the vote out in this case.

  23. “It’s certainly true that Tamil voters were out in force in my ward”

    Makes a change from them clogging up Parliament square and surrounding roads I suppose. It would be utterly absurd if a British seat in the European parliament were to be occupied by the representative of a faction from a sectarian struggle in Asia.

  24. Sky News are reporting a turnout in the London region of 33.5%.

  25. It was 37.3% last time.

  26. Will Labour drop down to one London MEP???

  27. Probably not but it might be close.

  28. Rather different results to the rest of the country; Labour did relatively well (where being down 3.5% is “relatively well”), losing their third seat, as expected, but easily holding their second. Little progress for the Conservatives, and UKIP fell back, as did the Lib Dems, and the BNP were a long way off winning a seat, but the Greens put in a strong performance.

  29. London also provided the highest Labour share with the exception of the North East (and not excluding Scotalnd and Wales)

  30. What a fantastic result for the no 17 Indi! 50k+ votes, 3rd in Harrow, near 4th in Brent. Quite a showing. Who is she and what’s her story?

  31. She’s a Tamil candidate. A majority of Tamils in London must have voted for her.

  32. It is strange how in politics some people do become quite rising stars, and you see a lot from them, then they suddenly fade.

    Pauline Green, who gained London North for Labour in 1989, then I think might have been the Labour leader of the MEPs at the time of their 1994 landslide is such an example.

    But after a poor result in 1999, she just dropped out as an MEP I think.
    I remember her predicting another big Labour win in 1999, no doubt not quite realising that governments nearly always suffer in these sorts of contests (unless they are very close to a General), whatever the opinion polls show.

    I was also thinking of Graham Mather, who was an MEP in Hampshire/Oxfordshire from 1994, but may have lost out in the nominations for the lists in 1999?
    He was quite right wing, but also not particularly Euro sceptic – he actually led the European Policy Forum, in the early/ mid 1990s, although I’m not sure what their stance was.

    Another was Imela (Mel) Reid, who was a rather outspoken Labour MEP in the Midlands (I think Nottingham/Leicestershire, but also covering Nuneaton). I remember her on Question Time with John MacGregor.

  33. I worked on the campaign in Croydon in the late seventies first european elections(?) Can any one tell me the name of the candidates that stood for the Labour Party in Croydon? I’m sure one of them was called Tony.
    Thank you

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