European Elections Archive

The Green Party has stood in European Elections since 1989 when as a new entrant we gained 14.5% of the popular vote nationally but under the First-Past-The-Post system then in use we did not win any seats.

National figures

  • Euro 1989 - Greens 2,292,705 votes 14.5%. First past the post - no green MEPs
  • Euro 1994 - Greens 494,561 votes 3.1%. First past the post - no green MEPs
  • Euro 1999 - Greens 625,378 votes 6.2%  switch to proportional representation (d'Hondt). 2 Green MEPs elected
  • Euro 2004 - Greens 1,028,283 votes 6.2%. 2 Green MEPs re-elected
  • Euro 2009 - Greens 1,352,307 votes 8.6%. 2 Green MEPs relected
  • Euro 2014 - Greens 1,244,975 votes 7.9%. First SW Green MEP Molly Scott Cato elected and 2 other Green MEPs re-elected

South West region under FPTP

  • Euro 1979
    • Edward (Teddy) Goldsmith. Cornwall & Plymouth. 3.0% in 5th place behind MK (5.9%) and ahead of anti-EU party.
  • Euro 1984
    • Devon. Peter Christie. 3.5% in 4th place (beating the Wessex Regionalist)
  • Euro 1989. 7 SW constituencies. Green candidates and results:
    • Bristol & Bath. Derek Wall
    • Devon. Peter Christie. 22.4% 2nd to the Tory.
    • E.Dorset & W.Hants. Krystyna Bradbury. 22.5%. 2nd behind Tory. Came from nowhere with a tiny team (3 people) and only one (newly formed) local party in the area.
    • Plymouth & Cornwall. Howard Hoptrough. 10.8% in 4th place. Late selection and then last minute change of candidate didn't help.
    • Somerset & W.Dorset. Richard Lawson. 23.0%. 2nd behind Tory. Highest green vote nationally.
    • Wiltshire. Bill Hughes. 22.3% in 3rd place 152 votes (less than a quarter percent) behind Lab. Tory win.
    • Cotswolds. Sue Limb. 23.4% in 2nd place behind the Tory. Second highest vote share nationally.

In four of the 7 constituencies Greens came second. Overall the average vote share was 21%. Outside Bristol Greens are now the second party, 1.3% ahead of Labour. The Southwest returned the best results for the Green Party nationally and could now claim to be the green heartland. Even the flawed d'Hondt system used from 1999 would have delivered at least 2, and possible 3 Green MEPs for the 7 seats. In the event the electorate took the message that under FPTP they were better off to vote negatively against the party they most didliked, the Greens lacked the resources to captialise on the momentum, the other parties all put on token green window-dressing and by the 1992 General Election the Greens were back under 2% share of the vote.

 

  • Euro 1994.
    • Cornwall & West Plymouth. Karen Westbrook. 2.0%. 6th out of 8 ahead of MK but behind UKLIP
    • Devon & East Plymouth. Peter Edwards. 4.7%. 5th out of 8 (no UKIP)
    • Dorset & East Devon. Krystyna Bradbury. 3.8%. 5th out of 7 after UKIP.
    • Somerset & North Devon. David Taylor. 4.5%. 4th out of 6 (no UKIP)
    • Bristol. JH Boxhall. 3.5% 4th out of 6 ahead of UKIP
    • Wiltshire North & Bath. M.Davidson. 2.9%. 5th out of 8 ahead of UKIP

Nationally the Green vote slumped to a 3% share - slightly higher than the 2% in the '92 General Election but very disheartening for the party. The Southwest exceeded the national average, again being one of the best regions.

South West region under PR

  • Euro 1999. 7 SW seats. Cons 4, Lab 1, LD 1, UKIP 1.
    Greens 86,63 votes 8.31% - approx 25,000 short of a seat on a 27.6% turnout
    SWGP Candidates: David Taylor, Dr Richard Lawson, Simon Pickering, Susan Proud, Hamish Soutar, Carol Kambites, Justin Quinnell
  • Euro 2004. 7 SW seats. Cons 3, UKIP 2, Lab 1, LD 1
    Greens 103,821 votes 7.1% - approx 5,000 short of a seat on a 37.8% turnout
    SWGP Candidates: David Taylor, Emily McIvor, Carol Kambities, Anthony Bown, Lyana Armstrong-Emery, Katherine Chant, Paul Edwards
  • Euro 2009. 6 SW seats (reduction of 1 seat due to EU expansion). Cons 3, UKIP 2, LD 1
    Greens 144,179 votes 9.3% - approx 12,000 short of a seat on 38.8% turnout
    SWGP Candidates: Ricky Knight, Roger Creagh-Osborne, David Taylor, Molly Scott Cato, Chloe Somers, Dr Richard Lawson
  • Euro 2014. 6 SW seats. Cons 2, UKIP 2, Lab 1, Green 1 - Molly Scott Cato elected as first SW Green MEP
    Greens 166,447 votes on a turnout of 37.0%
    SWGP Candidates: Moly Scott Cato, Emily McIvor, ricky Knight, Audaye Elesedy, Judy Maciejowska, Mark Chivers