WHAT HAS THE EU EVER DONE FOR US? - March 2014
Four SW Greens give their thoughts on how the EU has helped the UK - read them here.
SWGP LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN - 15 March 2014
The next European elections will be held in 2014. The South West Green Party aims to win its first seat in the European Parliament, building on continued increases in vote share over past elections. Choosing politicians who will stand up for economic, environmental and social justice has never been more important than it is now.
South West Green Party list candidates
There are six MEP seats available in the South West for the 2014 European election. The Green Party candidates are
Read the press release on the announcement.
European Election 2009 results
With six seats available, the South West Green Party stood a full slate of candidates in 2009. We won 9.3% of the vote, narrowly missing out on gaining our first South West Green MEP by just 12,000 votes (0.8% of the total votes cast), despite beating Labour, who lost their only MEP. For the full national results, see the BBC website.
Find out more about Green MEPs and how voting works in European elections.
What is an MEP?
A Member of the European Parliament (MEP) represents their region at a European level. Each of the 27 EU Member States elects MEPs directly to the European Parliament during elections which take place every five years. There are 736 MEPs in total, 72 of which represent the UK. MEPs attend European Parliament sessions in Brussels and Strasbourg to discuss and vote on issues which need to be agreed at a European level.
Both our MEPs belong to a political group in the European Parliament called The Greens/ European Free Alliance. With 58 members, it is the fourth largest group in the European Parliament and provides a strong, united voice in Europe for issues of environmental, economic and social justice.
Voting in European elections
For European elections, the UK uses a form of proportional representation, an electoral system in which parties gain seats in proportion to the number of votes cast for them, called the D'Hondt method. This is fairer than the 'first past the post' method, which the UK uses for general elections, although it still tends to favour the slightly larger parties. This short BBC video on YouTube explains how the D'Hondt method works.
In England, Wales and Scotland, voters have one vote to elect all of their MEPs. Each party puts forward a list of candidates, called a regional list, and you vote for one of these lists (or for an independent candidate). The parties are then allocated a number of MEPs according to their share of the vote.