European Parliament Elections

The European Parliament Elections on the 23rd May provide us with a great opportunity to demonstrate that the public are engaged with the EU and, most importantly, to dispel the myth that the EU is undemocratic. 

 

Devon for Europe is a campaign organisation which is politically neutral and focused on the single objective of stopping Brexit to ensure that the UK remains in the EU. A public ratification of any Brexit deal through a People's Vote is still the most likely route to achieving our aims.

 

The European Elections in themselves do not offer any route to stopping Brexit but, of course, could be influential in shaping public opinion and, with that, the views of our politicians. It is, therefore, important that we ensure a high turnout, especially in the remain voter base.  

Devon for Europe EP Election Policy

In line with the campaign recommendations issued to affiliated groups by Britain for Europe, the Devon for Europe admin team have decided to do the following: 

  • Targeted voter registration campaigning aimed at younger voters.
  • Targeted voter registration campaigning in areas with high percentages of remain voters.
  • Targeted campaigning to raise awareness of the EP elections to these two sectors.
  • This targeted camapign will be via social media, leafleting, and street stalls. 
  • We will also carry out very targeted social media campaigning in other areas. 
  • We will, of course, continue our normal pro EU campaigning and campaigning for a People's Vote throughout this time. 

Devon for Europe will: 

  • NOT be making voting recommendations for one party or candidate, or sets of parties or candidates. Brexit can only be stopped with cooperation from MPs of all parties; as an organisation we must remain neutral.
  • NOT be working with or supporting one party or candidate, or sets of parties or candidates.  
  • Publish a list of ALL parties and their candidates once these are confirmed, for information purposes. 
  • Publish information about the EP elections, how they work, how votes are counted. 
  • Continue to highlight all the benefits of EU membership in positive campaign messaging. 

I know that some will be disappointed by aspects of our policy on the EU elections. A lot of consideration has gone into the choices we have made. We have had to weigh up many conflicting issues, but at the heart of our policy is the need to ensure we are in the best possible position to win our core campaign objective.

EP Elections and Stopping Brexit

There is a lot of speculation and media frenzy around these elections, some labelling them as a mini referendum. There are opportunities and dangers in this for us, depending on the results. 

 

Because outcomes are heavily dependent on turnout, it is impossible to suggest a voting strategy. All that we can do with confidenvce is to campaign to ensure that Remainer turnout is as high as it can be. We will expand on this with examples in due course.

 

In the meantime, to summarise, it is important to avoid the trap of pinning too much hope on these elections. We must do all we can to ensure the EP elections remain separate from our campaign to stop Brexit, and that we, as an organisation and part of a national campaign, remain focused on our primary campaign strategy and aims. 

Please remember you vote for a party, not for individual candidates. Candidates are elected in the order shown in their party list, with the one listed at the top being elected first. The South West region has a total of 6 MEPs.

 

Below is a list of all the parties and candidates standing in these elections, irrespective of their views on the EU.  

SOUTH WEST REGION CANDIDATES IN THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT ELECTIONS 23RD MAY 2019

 

PARTIES SHOWN IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER.

CANDIDATES SHOWN IN PARTY LIST ORDER.


CHANGE UK:

RACHEL JOHNSON

JIM GODFREY

OLLIE MIDDLETON

MATTHEW HOOBERMAN

LIZ SEWELL

CRISPIN HUNT


CONSERVATIVE:

ASHLEY FOX

JAMES MUSTOE

FAYE PURBRICK

CLAIRE HISCOTT

JAMES TAGHDISSIAN

EMMELINE OWENS


ENGLISH DEMOCRATS:

JENNY KNIGHT

MICHAEL BLUNDELL

 

GREEN:

MOLLY SCOTT CATO

CLEO LAKE

CARLA DENYER

TOM SCOTT

MARTIN DIMERY

KAREN LA BORDE


LABOUR:

CLARE MOODY

ANDREW ADONIS

JAYNE KIRKHAM

NEIL GUILD

YVONNE ATKINSON

SADIK AL-HASSAN


LIBERAL DEMOCRATS:

CAROLINE VOADEN

MARTIN HORWOOD

STEPHEN WILLIAMS

ELEANOR RYLANCE

DAVID CHALMERS

LUKE STAGNETTO

 

THE BREXIT PARTY:

ANN WIDDECOMBE

JAMES GLANCY

CHRISTINA JORDAN

ANN TARR

ROGER LANE-NOTT

NICOLA DARKE


UKIP:

LAWRENCE WEBB

CARL BENJAMIN

TONY McINTYRE

LESTER TAYLOR

STEPHEN LEE

ALISON SHERIDAN


INDEPENDENT:

LARCH MAXEY

MOTHIUR RAHMAN

NEVILLE SEED