Cornwall and Plymouth (European Parliament constituency)
|Cornwall and Plymouth|
|European Parliament constituency|
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|Member state||United Kingdom|
Prior to its uniform adoption of proportional representation in 1999, the United Kingdom used first-past-the-post for the European elections in England, Scotland and Wales. The European Parliament constituencies used under that system were smaller than the later regional constituencies and only had one Member of the European Parliament each.
When it was created in England in 1979, it consisted of the Westminster Parliament constituencies of Bodmin, Falmouth and Camborne, North Cornwall, Plymouth Devonport, Plymouth Drake, Plymouth Sutton, St Ives and Truro. In 1984, Bodmin was replaced by South East Cornwall.
The constituency was replaced by Cornwall and West Plymouth and a small part of Devon and East Plymouth in 1994, and these seats became part of the much larger South West England constituency in 1999.
Members of the European Parliament
|European Parliament election, 1979: Cornwall and Plymouth|
|Liberal||G. H. T. Spring||23,105||13.5||N/A|
|Mebyon Kernow||Richard Jenkin||10,205||5.9||N/A|
|United Against the Common Market||A. E. M. Ash||1,834||1.1||N/A|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
|European Parliament election, 1984: Cornwall and Plymouth|
|Social Democratic||Jonathan Marks||63,876||33.3||+19.8|
|Independent Liberal||Robin Trevallion||2,981||1.6||N/A|
|Cornish Nationalist||James Whetter||1,892||1.0||N/A|
|European Parliament election, 1989: Cornwall and Plymouth|
|Social and Liberal Democrats||Paul Tyler||68,559||30.2||-3.1|
|Mebyon Kernow||Colin Lawry||4,224||1.9||N/A|
In 2009 Cornish party Mebyon Kernow is campaigning for a dedicated Euro-constituency and MEP for Cornwall. Leader Dick Cole said, "This European election represents a huge democratic deficit for the people of Cornwall. Our distinct needs are ignored in the massive South West constituency and we have been poorly served by MEPs not resident in Cornwall. We consider it a nonsense that the European parliamentary constituency stretches from the Isles of Scilly to Bristol via Gibraltar. We hope voters will support our campaign for proper Cornish representation in Europe including a European Parliamentary constituency for Cornwall."