Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Brexit: and the EU elections: starting in the South West

We now know that the elections for the EU parliament will be going ahead:
Brexit fury as ministers confirm EU elections will go ahead – and cost taxpayers £150m | Politics | News | Express.co.uk

Here are the candidates for the South West:
The candidates standing in the European Parliament election for the South West - Plymouth Live

This week, the Brexit Party launched its South West campaign:
Nigel Farage in Plymouth on Brexit Party election campaign - live updates - Plymouth Live
Ann Widdecombe: Former Tory MP to stand for Brexit Party - BBC News

With a bus tour: 

Nigel Farage says 'I'm completely pro-Europe - in a sense' after Trago Mills trip with Ann Widdecombe

Keith Rossiter
17:06, 2 MAY 2019

Nigel Farage launched his South West campaign for the European Parliament elections in Devon this week with an admission that he would like to break up the EU.

Mr Farage and former Conservative MP Ann Widdecombe visited Plymouth Hoe and Trago Mills , where they were welcomed by a small group of local supporters. Ms Widdecombe, who lives near Haytor on Dartmoor, is the leading candidate in the South West for Mr Farage’s Brexit Party.

The region will send six Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to Brussels in the elections, which take place on May 23. Each party has put up a list of six candidates, but the system of proportional representation used means that only those in the top places are likely to be elected.

“We think this election is not so much about the European Union. It’s about democracy,” Mr Farage said.

Nigel Farage says 'I'm completely pro-Europe - in a sense' after Trago Mills trip with Ann Widdecombe - Devon Live

The Greens launched their campaign last month: 

SW Greens launch ‘re-elect Molly’ European election campaign


The Green Party in the South West are to launch their European election campaign today. The Party will push for the re-election of Molly Scott Cato, who has a strong track record of achievement in the European parliament and is a leading and well-respected voice of opposition to Brexit both within the South West region and nationally.

Green MEP since 2014

Molly, who has been Green MEP for the region since 2014 and is Green Party Brexit spokesperson, tops a list of six high profile candidates selected by party members. The second candidate on the list is the out-going Bristol Lord mayor, Cleo Lake, a champion of diversity, inclusion and cohesion who made headlines for removing pictures from her office which celebrated Bristol’s role in the slave trade.

Critical of approach to Brexit

Molly has been highly critical of the government’s approach to Brexit. She took the government to court over their refusal to release economic impact studies on Brexit and has sought to expose the individuals and organisations that pushed the Leave campaign. She has consistently cautioned of the impacts of Brexit on manufacturing industry – warning that companies like Honda would quit the UK; raised concerns about the impacts of leaving the single market on farmers and has pursued the government over its failure to agree how to replace EU funds that support Cornwall.

SW Greens launch ‘re-elect Molly’ European election campaign - the PRSD
South West Green Party | Home

The Lib Dems are on a high:
Best EVER local election results

And are looking forward to the EU election:
Vote for the Lib Dems to stop Brexit (Central Devon Liberal Democrats)
+++European Election candidate lists announced for England and Wales

As is Change UK - who launched their campaign in Bristol
Rachel Johnson and Gavin Esler to stand for Change UK | World news | The Guardian

What we learned at the Change UK campaign launch including candidates - Bristol Live

Labour is split and would rather not be having this election:
The Labour Party's candidates for the European elections
Statement: For a radical Labour campaign in the European elections – Labour for a Socialist Europe
Majority of Labour’s top MEP slots go to backers of a People’s Vote - People's Vote

As would the Conservatives:
We need a People's Vote on Brexit | Hugo Swire
Exclusive. The full list of Conservative MEP candidates. | Conservative Home
Conservative grandee Ann Widdecombe quits Tories to stand for Nigel Farage's Brexit Party | PoliticsHome.com
South West | Region | Conservative MEPs
'I am not allowed not to agree': Julie Girling on being a remain Tory MEP | Politics | The Guardian

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