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Scotland Euros

Scotland currently returns 7 members of the European Parliament, but this will reduce to 6 at the next election, meaning the Conservatives notionally lose a seat.

In 2004 the region returned 2 Conservative MEPs, 2 Labour MEPs, 2 SNP MEPs and 1 Lib Dem MEP.

Sitting MEPs and 2004 Results

1. portrait David Martin (Labour) 310,865 (26.4%)
2. portrait Ian Hudghton (SNP) 231,505 (19.7%)
3. portrait Struan Stevenson (Conservative) 209,028 (17.8%)
4. portrait Catherine Stihler (Labour) (155,433)
5. portrait Elspeth Attwooll (Liberal Democrat) 154,178 (13.1%) (Will stand down at next election)
6. portrait Alyn Smith (SNP) (115,753)
7. portrait John Purvis (Conservative) (104,514) (Will stand down at next election)
-. Scottish Green 79,695 (6.8%)
-. UKIP 78,828 (6.7%)
-. Scottish Socialist 61,356 (5.2%)
-. Christian Vote 21,056 (1.8%)
-. BNP 19,427 (1.7%)
-. Scottish Wind Watch 7,255 (0.6%)
-. Fergus Tait (Independent) 3,624 (0.3%)

2009 Candidates

Labour

1. portraitDavid Martin. Sitting MEP. Born 1954, Edinburgh. Educated at Libertson High School. Lothian regional councillor 1982-1984. MEP for Lothian 1984. MEP for Scotland since 1999.
2. portraitCatherine Stihler. Sitting MEP. Born 1973, Bellshill. Educated at Coltness High School and St Andrews University. Former researcher for Anne Begg. MEP for Scotland since 1999. Contested Angus 1997, Dunfermline and West Fife by-election 2006.
3. portraitMary Lockhart. Educated at Dunfermline High School and Edinburgh University. Former army officer and journalist.
4. portraitPaul McAleavely. Former European Commission official.
5. portraitKirsty Connell. Born Aberdeen. Student at the University of Glasgow. Contested South of Scotland list 2007 Scottish elections
6. portraitNasim Khan. Business entrepreneur. Contested Glasgow list 2003 Scottish election, West of Scotland list 2007 Scottish election.

SNP

1. portraitIan Hudghton. Sitting MEP. Former leader of Angus council. MEP for North-East Scotland 1998-1999, for Scotland since 1999.
2. portraitAlyn Smith. Born 1973, Glasgow. Educated at Leeds and Heidelberg Universities. Commercial lawyer. MEP for Scotland since 2004.
3. portraitAileen McLeod. Head of policy for Alyn Smith and formerly a specialist researcher at the Scottish Parliament. Contested Edinburgh West 2001, 2003 Scottish election.
4. portraitDrew Hendry. Former retail manager and director with Electrolux. Highland councillor.
5. portraitDuncan Ross. Educated at Glasgow University and the LSE. Lately Head of history and archaelogy at the University of Glasgow. Contested Cunningham South 2007 Scottish election. Contested Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill 2005.
6. portraitGordon Archer.

Conservative

1. portraitStruan Stevenson. Born 1948, Ballantrae. Educated at West of Scotland Agricultural College. Formerly director of a family farmying and tourism company. Girvan councillor 1970-1974, Kyle and Carrick councillor 1972-1992. Contested Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley 1987, Edinburgh South 1992, Dumfries 1997. North-East Scotland European by-election 1999. MEP for Scotland since 1999.
2. portraitBelinda Don. Born Birmingham. Educated at Sussex Univesity. Parliamentary assistant to Struan Stevenson and former valuer at Sotherbys. Contested Glenrothes 2005, Dundee West 2007 Scottish election.
3. portraitHelen Gardiner
4. portraitDonald Gunn MacDonald. Born Golspie. Educated at Golspie High and Edinburgh Univerity. Former headteacher. Contested Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross 2007.
5. portraitGerald Michaluk. Educated at Lendrick Muir School and Heriot Warr Universirt. Marketing consultant. Contested Glasgow Pollok 2007. Will contest Ochil and South Perthshire at the next election.
6. portraitPJ Lewis. Contested Midlothian 2007.

Liberal Democrat

1. portraitGeorge Lyon. Born 1956, Rothesay. Educated at Rothesay Academy. Farmer. MSP for Argyll and Bute 1999-2007. Deputy Minister for Finance and Parliamentary business in the Scottish executive 2005-2007.
2. portraitEuan Robson. Born 1954. Educated at Trinity College, Glenalmond and Newcastle University. Former teacher. MSP for Roxburgh and Berwickshire 1999-2007. Deputy Minister for Parliamentary business 2001-2003, Education 2003-2005 in the Scottish Executive.
3. portraitRobert Aldridge. Chief Executive of the Scottish Council for Single Homeless. Edinburgh councillor since 1984. Contested Scotland in 1999 and 2004 European elections.
4. portraitPatsy Kenton. Born 1954. Nurse. Contested Moray 1999 Scottish election, Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber 2001 and 2003 Scottish election, Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale 2005.
5. portraitDouglas Herbison. Born 1951. Educated at London University. Motherwell councillor 1973-1979. Contested Cumbernauld and Kilsyth 1983, Cunninghame North 1987, 1992, Banff and Buchan 2001, Inverclyde 2005. Contested Strathclyde West 1984, 1989, 1994 European elections. Contested Glasgow Kelvin 2003, Hamilton North and Belshill 2007 Scottish elections.
6. portraitClive Sneddon. Teaches French at St Andrews University. Former leader of North East Fife council 1988-1996.

UKIP

1. portraitPeter Adams Former officer in the Royal Engineers. Contested Lothians list 2007 Scottish election. Contested Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath 2005, Livingston by-election 2005.
2. portraitPaul Henke Born South Wales. Educated at Pontypridd Grammar and Dartmouth Royal Naval College. Former bomb disposal officer. Contested West of Scotland list 2007.
3. portraitDonald Mackay Company director. Contsted Glasgow 2003, 2007 Scottish elections. Contested Scotland 1999, 2004 European elections. Contested Clydesdale 2001, Lanark and Hamilton East 2005.
4. portraitPeter Neilson
5. portraitMike Arthur
6. portraitPaul Wiffen Will contest Cities of London and Westminster at the next election.

Green

1. portraitElaine Morrison Manager of a regional energy advice centre.
2. portraitChas Booth Educated at Edinburgh University. Parliamentary officer for Friends of the Earth. Contested Scotland in 2004 European elections.
3. portraitKirsten Robb Contested East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow 2005. Will contest East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow at the next election.
4. portraitAlastair Whitelaw Born London. Educated at Edinburgh University. Contested Glasgow Hillhead 1983, 1987, Glasgow Anniesland Scottish Parliament by-election 2000.
5. portraitRuth Cameron Born Isle of Harris. Educated at Edinburgh University. Contested Lothians Region in 2007 Scottish election.
6. portraitPeter McColl Born 1980, Belfast. Educated at Edinburgh University. Researcher for Mark Ballard MSP.

BNP

1. portraitGary Raikes Born 1958, Bristol. Works for Scottish Water. Former army cadet officer. Contested North East Scotland in 2007 Scottish elections.
2. portraitCharlie Baillie Electrical contractor.
3. portraitDeborah McKnight Born Glasgow.
4. portraitRoy Jones
5. portraitMax Dunbar Born 1956, Glasgow. Educated at Kelvinside Academy. Joiner, working in property restoration.
6. portraitElise Jones

No2EU

1. portraitJohn Foster History professor. International Secretary of the Communist Party of Britain. Contested Glasgow Govan 1999 Scottish election, 2001 general election, 2003 Scottish election.
2. portraitTommy Sheridan Born 1964, Glasgow. Educated at Lourdes Secondary and Stirling University. Former member of Labour and the Militant Tendency, he was a prominent poll tax rebel and campaigner against Faslane Navel Base, for which he was twice jailed. A leading figure in the creation of the Scottish Socialist party, which he lead from its creation in 1998 until 2004. Shortly after his resignation the News of the World published allegations that Sheridan had attended swingers parties, Sheridan sued for libel and won, despite members of the SSP tesitfying against him. Sheridan subsequently resigned from the SSP and founded a new party, Solidarity. Sheridan has subsequently been charged with perjury in relation to the libel trial, the hearing is expected later in 2009. Glasgow councillor 1992-2003. MSP for Glasgow 1999-2007. Contested Glasgow Pollock 1992, 1997 as Scottish Militant Labour.
3. portraitLeah Ganley Educated at Dundee University.
4. portraitStuart Hyslop
5. portraitAjit Uppal
6. portraitThomas Morrison

Christian Party

1. portraitSheila McLaughlan Contested Lothians region 2007 Scottish elections.
2. portraitJohn Smart Contested Lothians region 2007 Scottish elections.
3. portraitBrian Ross Contested Central Scotland region 2007 Scottish elections.
4. portraitArchie Linnegan Contested Glasgow Region 2007 Scottish elections.
5. portraitChristine Cormack
6. portraitIsobel MacLeod Contested Glasgow Kelvin and Glasgow Region 2007 Scottish elections.

Socialist Labour

1. portraitLouise McDaid Chair of the Farepak victims campaign. Contested Cunninghame North 1997, Ayrshire North and Arran 2001.
2. portraitDavid Jacobsen Contested Edinburgh North and Leith 2001.
3. portraitKatharine McGavigan College lecturer. Contested Hamilton North and Bellshill 1999 Scottish elections, Paisley & Renfrewshire North 2005.
4. portraitJames Berrington Contested Glasgow list 2003, North East Scotland list 2007.
5. portraitClaire Watt Educated at Edinburgh university. Contested Motherwell and Wishaw 2001, Highlands and Islands list 1999, 2003, 2007.
6. portraitJames McDaid

Scottish Socialist Party

1. portraitColin Fox Born 1959, Motherwell. MSP for Lothian 2003-2007. Convenor then joint spokesperson of hte SSP since 2003.
2. portraitAngela Gorrie Educated at Dundee university.
3. portraitJohanna Dind
4. portraitNick McKerrell University lecturer.
5. portraitRaphael de Santos Former head of equity derivatives research and strategy at Goldman Sachs
6. portraitFelicity Garvie

Jury Team

1. portraitAlan Wallace Sales rep.
2. portraitJohn O’Callaghan Freelance web designer.
3. portraitStuart Brown Musician. Contested Hamilton South 1997 for the Referendum party.
4. portraitKenneth Lees Works for an oil company.
5. portraitMev Brown Project manager.
6. portraitAustin Compson-Bradford Small businessman selling and hiring horse drawn carriages.

There is also one independent candidate:

portraitDuncan Robertson (Independent)

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