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Lib Dems Unveil Yorkshire Candidates for Euro-Elections


11:26am 24th May 2013
(Updated 11:27am 24th May 2013)

The Liberal Democrats in Yorkshire & Humber have released the names of the team that will fight for the six available seats in the 2014 European elections, which are held under proportional representation.

Topping the list, voted for by party members in the region, is Liberal Democrat MEP, Edward McMillan-Scott. 

Edward was first elected an MEP in 1984 in Yorkshire & Humber and is the only British Vice-President of the European Parliament. He chaired the vote this week which decided the date of the next Euro-election as May 22 2014. There is a proposal to move next year’s local elections – there are some 278 wards up for election in the region – from May 1 to May 22.

The following candidates have been selected:

1.      Edward McMillan-Scott MEP

2.      James Monaghan

3.      Joe Otten

4.      Chris Foote-Wood

5.      Jacquie Bell

6.      Aqila Choudhry

On the announcement of the team, Edward McMillan-Scott said,

“It is a privilege to have been selected by the Liberal Democrat membership in Yorkshire & Humber to top their list of candidates. This election matters because the European Parliament now shares power equally with the EU’s governments. The liberal group in the European Parliament is on the winning side in 88 per cent of votes, so it is the king-maker in legislation.

"It is just a year to the European elections, which will take place across four days in 28 countries, as by then Croatia will have joined the EU. The European Parliament directly represents the 500 million EU citizens.

“It is essential that the European and local elections are held on the same day in 2014. The cost of organising two polls would be unjustifiable in the present economic climate.

“I look forward to the election contest and hope to be able to continue my work, fighting for a stronger economy in a fairer society here in the region.”

Fellow candidate, James Monaghan, added,

"I am looking forward to working alongside Edward and the rest of the Lib Dem team over the next year.  The Lib Dem team will be putting the fight for jobs and investment in our region at the centre of our campaign while also seeking big reforms of the European Union, so that it is fit for purpose."

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