Parties pick East Midlands Euro election candidates

The Conservative candidates in the East Midlands

The Conservative candidates in the East Midlands

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The Conservatives and Labour have announced the candidates who will stand for the European Parliamentary Elections in May 2014.

Rather than electors voting for individuals, votes are tallied for political parties and MEPs are then elected from different parties based on the proportion of the vote received by that party across the region.

Labour's European election candidates for the East Midlands

Labour's European election candidates for the East Midlands

After a party ballot the five Conservative candidates were ranked in order of preference for the region. In order, they are sitting MEP Emma McClarkin, Andrew Lewer, Rupert Matthews, Stephen Castens and Brendan Clarke-Smith.

Meanwhile, the order of preference for the Labour candidates is Labour candidates is Glenis Willmott MEP, Rory Palmer, Linda Woodings, Khalid Hadadi and Nicki Brooks.

Mrs Willmott, Labour’s leader in Europe, said: “I am delighted to have been selected again to stand for Labour in next year’s European Elections and I am looking forward to campaigning with Labour’s four other excellent candidates over the coming months as we work together to fight for a better future for the people for the East Midlands.

“Over the last four years Labour MEPs have worked hard to stand up for the people of the East Midlands – successfully achieving a Europe wide jobs guarantee for our young people, taking action on bankers’ bonuses and campaigning for jobs and growth in our region.”

Miss McClarkin said: “I’m delighted that Conservative members in the East Midlands have picked such a strong and hard-working team of candidates for next year’s European Elections.

“I look forward to leading the team, having been re-selected to be top of the list, and I look forward to getting out and about with the other candidates, meeting people across the East Midlands and talking about our relationship with Europe. If the people of Britain want their say on the EU then they have to vote Conservative.”