|Member of the European Parliament|
for West Midlands
2 July 2019 – 31 January 2020
|Preceded by||James Carver|
|Succeeded by||Constituency abolished|
6 February 2012 – 2 July 2014
|Preceded by||Liz Lynne|
|Succeeded by||James Carver|
|Born||7 October 1954|
Tamworth, Staffordshire, England
|Political party||Liberal Democrats|
|Alma mater||University of Aberdeen|
University of Birmingham
Phillip Bennion (born 7 October 1954) is a British Liberal Democrat politician. He served as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the West Midlands from 2012 to 2014, and then from 2019 to 2020.
Early life and education
Bennion was born in Tamworth, Staffordshire and educated at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School. He went on to study agriculture and agronomy at Aberdeen and Newcastle. After returning to Staffordshire to run his family farm, he gained a second degree, in history and economic history, from the University of Birmingham.
He was second on the party list for the West Midlands constituency at the 2009 European Parliament election, but the party's 12% share of the vote entitled them to only one seat. When Liz Lynne stepped down in February 2012, electoral rules meant that Bennion, as the next Liberal Democrat candidate on the list, took her seat. He stood for re-election in 2014 and was placed top of his party's list of candidates, but he lost his seat as the Liberal Democrats polled 5.6% of the vote, too little to secure one of the West Midlands' seven seats. He re-gained his seat in 2019.
He sat on the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Sub-Committee on Human Rights, and also acted as a substitute on the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection, as a member of the 9th Parliament from July 2019 to January 2020.
Staffordshire County Council, 2002–2005. By-election win in 2002 narrowly lost in May 2005.
Parliamentary candidate for Lichfield (UK Parliament constituency), 1997 & 2001, for the Tamworth (UK Parliament constituency) in 2005, Telford (UK Parliament constituency) in 2010 and Birmingham Hodge Hill (UK Parliament constituency) in 2015 and 2017
|Liberal Democrats||Phil Bennion||5,473||11.3||N/A|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
|Liberal Democrats||Phil Bennion||4,462||10.7||0.6|
|Liberal Democrats||Phillip Bennion||6,175||14.1||2.4|
|Liberal Democrats||Phillip Bennion||6,399||15.5||1.4|
|Liberal Democrats||Phil Bennion||2,624||6.4||21.3|
|Liberal Democrats||Phil Bennion||805||1.7||4.7|
European Parliamentary Candidate for West Midlands (European Parliament constituency) in 1999, 2004 and 2009, being elected to No2 on the Liberal Democrats' regional list in 2009 taking his seat in 2012 after Liz Lynne stepped down. Phil was re-elected as no1 on the Liberal Democrats' regional list in 2019.
|European Election 2019: West Midlands|
|Brexit Party||Rupert Lowe (1)
Martin Daubney (2)
Andrew England Kerr (5)
Vishal Khatri, Nikki Page, Laura Kevehazi, Katharine Harborne
|Labour||Neena Gill (3)
Sion Simon, Julia Buckley, Ansar Khan, Zarah Sultana, Sam Hennessy, Liz Clements
|Liberal Democrats||Phil Bennion (4)
Ade Adeyemo, Jeanie Falconer, Jenny Wilkinson, Jennifer Gray, Beverley Nielsen, Lee Dargue
|Green||Ellie Chowns (6)
Diana Toynbee, Paul Woodhead, Julian Dean, Louis Stephen, Helen Heathfield, Kefentse Dennis
|Conservative||Anthea McIntyre (7)
Daniel Dalton, Suzanne Webb, Meirion Jenkins, Alex Philips, Mary Noone, Ahmed Ejaz
|UKIP||Ernest Valentine, Paul Williams, Graham Eardley, Paul Allen, Nigel Ely, Joe Smyth, Derek Bennett||66,934||4.97||-26.52|
|Change UK||Stephen Dorrell, Charlotte Gath, Peter Wilding, Amrik Kandola, Joanna McKenna, Victor Odusanya, Lucinda Empson||45,673||3.39||+3.39|
|European Election 2014: West Midlands|
|UKIP||Jill Seymour, James Carver, Bill Etheridge
Phil Henrick, Michael Wrench, Michael Green, Lyndon Jones
|Labour||Neena Gill, Siôn Simon
Lynda Waltho, Ansar Ali Khan, Olwen Hamer, Tony Ethapemi, Philippa Louise Roberts
|Conservative||Philip Bradbourn, Anthea McIntyre,
Daniel Dalton, Michael Burnett, Sibby Buckle, Daniel Sames, Alex Avern
|Liberal Democrats||Phil Bennion, Jonathan Webber, Christine Tinker, Ayoub Khan, Tim Bearder, Neville Farmer, John Redfern||75,648||5.6||−6.4|
|Green||Will Duckworth, Aldo Mussi, Vicky Duckworth, Tom Harris, Karl Macnaughton, Duncan Kerr, Laura Katherine Vesty||71,464||5.3||−0.9|
|An Independence from Europe||Mike Nattrass, Mark Nattrass, Joshna Pattni, Carl Henry Humphries, George Viner Forrest, Douglas Stephen Ingram, Paul Alders||27,171||2.0||N/A|
|We Demand a Referendum||Nikki Sinclaire, Andy Adris, Linda Brown, David Bennett, Judith Smart, Thomas Reid, Amanda Wilson||23,426||1.7||N/A|
|BNP||Michael Coleman, Jennifer Matthys, Kenneth Griffiths, Simon Patten, David Bradnock, Mark Badrick, Phil Kimberley||20,643||1.5||−7.1|
|English Democrat||Derek Hilling, Chris Newey, Stephen Paxton, Charles Hayward, Margaret Stoll, David Lane, Fred Bishop||12,832||0.9||−1.4|
|NO2EU||Dave Nellist, Pat Collins, Joanne Stevenson, Sophia Hussain, Paul Edward Reilly, Andrew Mark Chaffer, Amanda Jane Marfleet||4,653||0.3||−0.7|
|Harmony Party||Reg Mahrra||1,857||0.1||N/A|
Anthea McIntyre became an MEP in November 2011 when the relevant provisions of the Treaty of Lisbon came into effect, her addition being based on the 2009 vote. Phil Bennion became an MEP on the resignation of Liz Lynne.
|European Election 2009: West Midlands|
|Conservative||Philip Bradbourn, Malcolm Harbour
Anthea McIntyre, Michael Burnett, Mark Spelman, Daniel Dalton
|UKIP||Mike Nattrass, Nikki Sinclaire
Jill Seymour, Rustie Lee, Malcolm Hurst, Jonathan Oakton
Neena Gill, Claire Edwards, Anthony Painter, Victoria Quinn, Mohammed Nazir
|Liberal Democrats||Liz Lynne
Phil Bennion, Susan Juned, Colin Ross, Stephen Barber, William Powell
|BNP||Simon Darby, Alby Walker, Chris Turner, Ken Griffiths, Ellie Walker||121,967||8.6||+1.1|
|Green||Felicity Norman, Peter Tinsley, Chris Williams, Ian Davison, Vicky Dunn, Dave Wall||88,244||6.2||+1.1|
|English Democrat||David Lane, Frederick Bishop, John Lane, Graham Walker, Michael Ellis, Kim Gandy||32,455||2.3||N/A|
|Christian||David Booth, Samuel Nelson, Abiodun Akiwumi, Yeside Oguntoye, Ade Raji, Maxine Hargreaves||18,784||1.3||N/A|
|Socialist Labour||John Tyrrell, Satbir Singh Johal, Rajinder Claire, Bhagwant Singh, Surinder Pal Virdee, Shangra Singh Bhatoe||14,724||1.0||+0.4|
|NO2EU||David Nellist, Dyal Singh Bagri, Malcolm Gribbin, Jo Stevenson, Peter MacLaren, Andy Chaffer||13,415||1.0||N/A|
|Jury Team (UK)||Geoffery Coady, Graham Burton, Jeremy Spencer, David Bennett, Colin Thompson||8,721||0.6||N/A|
|Libertas||Jimmy Millard, Bridget Rose, Zigi Davenport, Andrew Bebbington, David Black, Matthew Lingard||6,961||0.5||N/A|
|European Election 2004: West Midlands|
|Conservative||Philip Bushill-Matthews, Philip Bradbourn, Malcolm Harbour
Andrew Griffiths, Peter Butler, Michael John Burnett, Jeremy Lefroy
|Labour||Michael Cashman, Neena Gill
Sue Hayman, Anthony Paul Carroll, Claire Edwards, Mohammad Nazir, Jane Louise Heggie
Earl of Bradford, Denis Vernon Brookes, Richard John Chamings, Christopher Rupert Kingsley, Greville James Guy Warwick, Andrew Moore
|Liberal Democrats||Liz Lynne
Paul Calvin Tilsley, Phillip Bennion, Martin Marshall Turner, Nicola Sian Davies, Lorely Burt, Michael David Dixon
|BNP||Simon Darby, Simon Charles Smith, Martin David Roberts, Robert Purcell, Mark Andrew Payne, Michael Coleman, William Thomas Locke||107,794||7.5||+5.8|
|Green||Chris Lennard, Felicity Mary Norman, David Wall, Barney Smith, Thomas Christopher Hellberg, Damon Leroy Hoppe, Rebecca Roseff||73,991||5.1||−0.6|
|Respect||John Rees, Salma Yaqoob, Cheryl Jacqueline Naomi Garvey, Mohammad Naseem, Winifred Olive Mary Whitehouse, Anil Seera, Penelope Hicks||34,704||2.4||N/A|
|Common Good||Dick Rodgers||8,650||0.6||N/A|
|European Election 1999: West Midlands|
|Conservative||John Corrie, Philip Bushill-Matthews, Malcolm Harbour, Philip Bradbourn
Richard Normington, Virginia Taylor, Mark Greenburgh, Michael Burnett
|Labour||Simon Murphy, Michael Cashman, Neena Gill
Mike Tappin, David Hallam, Phil Davis, Nuala O'Kane, Brenda Etchells
|Liberal Democrats||Liz Lynne
Paul Tilsley, Susan Juned, Phillip Bennion, Joan Walmsley, Sardul Marwa, Jamie Calder, John Cordwell
|UKIP||Mike Nattrass, Paul Garratt, Jonathan Oakton, Richard Charnings, Douglas Hope, Ian Crompton, Richard Adams, Clive Easton||49,621||5.8||N/A|
|Green||Felicity Norman, Guy Woodford, Paul Baptie, Hazel Clawley, Richard Mountford, Alan Clawley, Andrew Holtham, Elly Stanton||49,440||5.8||N/A|
|Independent Labour||Christine Oddy||36,849||4.3||N/A|
|Liberal||Michael Hyde, Robert Wheway, Colin Hallmark, Ann Winfield, Nicholas Brown, Anthony Bourko, David Hallmark, Joyce Millington||14,954||1.8||N/A|
|BNP||Sharron Edwards, Simon Darby, Stephen Edwards, Jeffrey Astbury, Keith Axon, Steven Batkin, Tommy Rogers, John Haycock||14,344||1.7||N/A|
|Pro-Euro Conservative||Brendan Donnelly, Rob Coppinger, Tim Perkins, Diane Hazeldine, Andrew Notman, John Gretton, Steve Law, John Marshall||11,144||1.3||N/A|
|Socialist Alliance||Dave Nellist, John Rothery, Lanne Hubbard, Salman Mirzo, Natasha Millward, Robert Hope, James Cessford, Peter McNally||7,203||0.8||N/A|
|Socialist Labour||Sonan Singh, Satbir Singh Johal, Judith Sambrook-Marshall, Surinder Pal Virdee, David Ayrton, Brenda Procter, Carlos Rule, Michael Atherton||5,257||0.6||N/A|
|EDP English Freedom Party||Michael Gibbs||3,066||0.4||N/A|
|Natural Law||Paul Davis, James Drewster, Huw Meads, Roger Gerrett, Mary Griffin, Roderic McCarthy, Brian Winstanley, Michael Twite||1,647||0.2||N/A|
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