South West England (European Parliament constituency)

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South West England
European Parliament constituency
South West England (European Parliament constituency) is located in European Parliament constituencies 2007
South West England (European Parliament constituency)
Location amongst the 2007 constituencies
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Shown in England, Gibraltar inset
Electorate population 3,998,479[1]
Created 1999
MEP(s) 7 (1999–2009)
6 (2009 – present)
Member State United Kingdom
Source(s) [1][2]

South West England (Cornish: Dychow-houlsedhas Pou an Zouzn) is a constituency of the European Parliament. For 2009 it elects 6 MEPs using the d'Hondt method of party-list proportional representation, reduced from 7 in 2004.

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency consists of the South West England region of the United Kingdom, comprising the ceremonial counties of Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire. It also includes the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar.

History[edit]

The constituency was formed as a result of the European Parliamentary Elections Act 1999, replacing a number of single-member constituencies. These were Bristol, Cornwall and West Plymouth, Devon and East Plymouth, Dorset and East Devon, Somerset and North Devon, Wiltshire North and Bath, and parts of Cotswolds.

Before the 2004 election, it was expanded to include Gibraltar. This was the result of a 1999 European Court of Human Rights case, which argued that Gibraltar should be entitled to vote in European elections. Spain took a complaint about Gibraltar participating in European elections to the European Court of Justice, but their case was unsuccessful.[2]

MEPs for former South West England constituencies, 1979 – 1999
Election 1979 – 1984 1984 – 1989 1989 – 1994 1994 – 1999
Bristol Richard Cottrell
Conservative
Ian White
Labour
Cornwall and Plymouth (1979–1994)
Cornwall and West Plymouth (1994–1999)
David Harris
Conservative
Christopher Beazley
Conservative
Robin Teverson
Liberal Democrat
Cotswolds Lord Plumb
Conservative
Devon (1979–1994)
Devon and East Plymouth (1994–1999)
Lord O'Hagan
Conservative
Somerset (1979–1984)
Somerset and Dorset West (1984–1994)
Somerset and North Devon (1994–1999)
Frederick Warner
Conservative
Margaret Daly
Conservative
Graham Watson
Liberal Democrat
Upper Thames (1979–1984)
Wiltshire (1984–1994)
Wiltshire North and Bath (1994–1999)
Robert Jackson
Conservative
Caroline Jackson
Conservative
Wessex (1979–1984)
Dorset East and Hampshire West (1984–1994)
Dorset and East Devon (1994–1999)
James Spicer
Conservative
Bryan Cassidy
Conservative

Dedicated Euro-constituency and MEP for Cornwall[edit]

Currently, the Cornish political party Mebyon Kernow is campaigning for a dedicated Euro-constituency and MEP for Cornwall. In May 2009 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."[3] Until 1994 Cornwall was represented by the much smaller Cornwall and Plymouth constituency.

Returned members[edit]

MEPs for South West England, 1999 onwards
Election 1999 (5th parliament) 2004 (6th parliament) 2009 (7th parliament)
MEP
Party
Graham Watson
Liberal Democrat
MEP
Party
Giles Chichester
Conservative
MEP
Party
Caroline Jackson
Conservative
Ashley Fox
Conservative
MEP
Party
Neil Parish
Conservative
Julie Girling
Conservative
MEP
Party
Earl of Stockton
Conservative
Roger Knapman
UKIP
Earl of Dartmouth
UKIP
MEP
Party
Michael Holmes[4]
UKIP (1999–2000)
Independent (2000–02)
Graham Booth[5]
UKIP
Trevor Colman[6]
UKIP
MEP
Party
Glyn Ford
Labour
Seat abolished

Election results[edit]

See also: European Parliament election, 2004 and European Parliament election, 2009

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Elected candidates are shown in bold. Brackets indicate the number of votes per seat won.

European Election 2014: South West England
List Candidates Votes % ±%
An Independence from Europe David Smith N/A N/A N/A
Conservative Ashley Fox, Julie Girling, James Cracknell, Georgina Butler, Sophie Swire, Melisa Maynard[7] N/A N/A N/A
English Democrats Alan England, Mike Blundell, Clive Lavelle, Barbara Wright, Stephen Wright, Raymond Carr[8] [9] N/A N/A N/A
Green Molly Scott Cato, Emily McIvor, Ricky Knight, Audaye Elesedy, Henry Gent, Judy Maciejowska [10] N/A N/A N/A
Labour Clare Moody, Glyn Ford, Ann Reeder, Hadleigh Roberts, Jude Robinson, Junab Ali N/A N/A N/A
Liberal Democrat Graham Watson, Kay Barnard, Brian Matthew, Andrew Wigley, Jay Risbridger, Lyana Armstrong-Emery[11][12][13] N/A N/A N/A
UKIP Earl of Dartmouth, Julia Reid, Gawain Towler, Tony McIntyre, Robert Smith, Keith Crawford[14] N/A N/A N/A
Turnout N/A N/A N/A
European election 2009: South West England[1]
List Candidates Votes % ±%
Conservative Giles Chichester, Julie Girling, Ashley Fox
Mike Dolley, Don Collier, Zehra Zaidi
468,742
(156,247.3)
30.2 -1.3
UKIP Trevor Colman, Earl of Dartmouth
Gawain Towler, Julia Reid, Alan Wood, Stephanie McWilliam
341,845
(170,922.5)
22.1 -0.5
Liberal Democrat Graham Watson Kay Barnard, Justine McGuinness, Humphrey Temperley, Paul Massey, Jonathan Stagnetto 266,253 17.2 -1.2
Green Ricky Knight, Roger Creagh-Osborne, Molly Scott Cato, Richard Lawson, Chloë Somers, David Taylor 144,179 9.3 +2.1
Labour Glyn Ford, Isabel Owen, Keir Dhillon, Dorothea Hodge, Dafydd Emlyn Williams, Eshter Pickup-Keller 118,716 7.7 -6.8
BNP Jeremy Wotherspoon, Barry Bennett, Adrian Rommilly, Sean Twitchin, Lawrence West, Peryn Parsons 60,889 3.9 +0.9
Pensioners Jonathan McQueen, Barry Hodgson, Derek Wharton, Roger Edwards, Stuart Baker, Barry Egerton 37,785 2.4 N/A
English Democrats Michael Turner, Sara Box, Keith Riley, Stephen Wright, Raymond Carr, Lee Pickering 25,313 1.6 N/A
Christian William Capstick, Katherine Mills, Diane Ofori, Larna Martin, Peter Vickers, Adenike Williams 21,329 1.4 N/A
Mebyon Kernow Dick Cole, Conan Jenkin, Loveday Jenkin, Simon Reed, Glenn Renshaw, Joanie Willett 14,922 1.0 N/A
Socialist Labour Robert Hawkins, Brian Corbett, Alison Entwistle, David Marchesi, Robert Hawkins, James Bannister 10,033 0.6 N/A
NO2EU Alex Gordon, Roger Davey, Rachel Lynch, Nick Quirk, John Chambers, Paul Dyer 9,741 0.6 N/A
Independent Katie Hopkins 8,971 0.6 N/A
Libertas Robin Matthews, Peter Morgan-Barnes, Chloe Gwynne, Christopher Charnock, Nicholas Carlton, Nicholas Charlee 7,292 0.5 N/A
Fair Pay Fair Trade David Michael, Judy Foster 7,151 0.5 N/A
Jury Team Sally Smith, Martin Paley, Michael Clayton, Brian Underwood, Roger Whitfield, William Barnett 5,758 0.4 N/A
Wai D Your Decision Nicola Guagliardo, Joy Margareth Skey 789 0.1 N/A
Turnout 1,549,708 38.8 +1.2
European election 2004: South West England[15]
List Candidates Votes % ±%
Conservative Neil Parish, Caroline Jackson, Giles Chichester
Richard Graham, Earl of Stockton, Jack Lopresti, Julie Girling
457,371
(152,457)
31.6 −10.1
UKIP Graham Booth, Roger Knapman
Trevor Colman, Elizabeth Burton, Matthew Jackson, Michael Faulkner, Andrew Reed
326,784
(163,392)
22.6 +12.0
Liberal Democrat Graham Watson
Anthony Welch, Kay Barnard, Simon Green, Christine Coleman, Katie Hall, Alistair Cameron
265,619 18.3 +1.8
Labour Glyn Ford
Bernadette Hartley, Ian White, Clare Moody, Keir Dhillon, Julie Watts, David Roberts
209,908 14.5 −3.5
Green David Taylor, Emily McIvor, Carol Kambites, Anthony Bown, Lyana Armstrong-Emery,[16][17] Katharine Chant, Paul Edwards 103,821 7.2 −1.1
BNP Anthony North, Michaela Mackenzie, Barry Bennett, Edward Mullins, Robert Baggs, Bruce Cowd, Frederick Paynter[18] 43,653 3.0 +2.1
Countryside Party Chris Thomas-Everard, Brian Crawford, Diana Scott, Ranulph Fiennes, Archibald Montgomery, John Yewdall 30,824 2.1 N/A
Respect Paulette North, Sami Velioglu, Hannah Packham, Ann Thomas, John Bampfylde, Bernard Parkes, Anthony Staunton 10,437 0.7 N/A
Turnout 1,448,417 37.6 +10.0
European election 1999: South West England[19]
List Candidates Votes % ±%
Conservative Caroline Jackson, Giles Chichester, Earl of Stockton, Neil Parish
David Martin, Bryan Cassidy, Paul Marland
434,645
(108,661.25)
41.7 N/A
Labour Glyn Ford
Ian White, Sue Mallory, James Knight, Marion Dewar, John Shepherd, Elizabeth Lisgo
188,362 18.1 N/A
Liberal Democrat Graham Watson
Robin Teverson, Terrye Jones, Paula Yates, Alan Butt-Philip, Janice Beasley, Simon Green
171,498 16.5 N/A
UKIP Michael Holmes
Graham Booth, Michael Faulkner, Malcolm Wood, Ronald Dickinson, Robert Edwards, George Eustice
111,012 10.6 N/A
Green David Taylor, Richard Lawson, Simon Pickering, Susan Proud, Hamish Soutar, Carol Kambites, Justin Quinnell 86,630 8.3 N/A
Liberal Paul Holmes, David Morrish, Lomond Handley, Frederick Stephens, Geoffrey Halliwell, Jean Pollock, Roy Collins 21,645 2.1 N/A
Pro-Euro Conservative Julian Ayer, Kenneth Daly, David McCrum, Denise Atkinson, Vilma Aris, Philip Taylor, Derek Palmer 11,134 1.1 N/A
BNP Bruce Cowd,[20] Donald Stevens, Stephen Parnell, Terence Cavill,[21] Barbara Packer, Peter Hart, George Jeffrey 9,752 0.9 N/A
Socialist Labour David White, Jean Ramshaw, Robert Hawkins, Paul Williams, Giles Shorter, Bernard Kennedy, Brian Corbett 5,741 0.6 N/A
Natural Law Mark Griffiths, Francis Lyons, Nicholas Cresswell, Margot Hartley, Thomas Dyball, Lynn Royse, Henry Brighouse 1,968 0.2 N/A
Turnout 1,042,387 27.6 N/A

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