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Only 2 of 48 SW Euro candidates from Cornwall

By West Briton  |  Posted: April 24, 2014

  • Labour European Parliament candidate Jude Robinson.

  • MEP Sir Graham Watson, who is standing again for the Liberal Democrats in next month's election.

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JUST two of the candidates standing in the European elections for the South West next month are from Cornwall.

The list of candidates for the election – which takes place on May 22 – was published yesterday and showed only two are based in the county.

Vying to represent the South West as Members of the European Parliament (MEP), Jude Robinson, from Pool, is standing for the Labour Party, and Robert Smith, from Penzance, is standing for UKIP.

Of the remaining 46 candidates for the South West, 12 are listed with addresses outside the region.

Two of the British National Party's six candidates are based in the South West, with the others as far away as Wigan, Eccles and Stockport.

And the Conservative Party has South West candidates based outside the region, including former Olympic rower James Cracknell, from London, and others from Richmond-upon-Thames and the capital.

The South West region for the European elections also includes Gibraltar but only the Liberal Democrat party is fielding a candidate from the island.

Four of the South West's current six MEPs are standing in the election – Sir Graham Watson (Lib Dem), William, Earl of Dartmouth (UKIP) and Ashley Fox and Julie Girling (both Conservative). Glyn Ford, who has previously been a Labour MEP, is also standing.

The South West seats are currently occupied by three Conservative MEPs, two UKIP and one Lib Dem.

Parties fielding candidates in the region are, An Independence from Europe, British National Party, Conservative Party, English Democrats, Green Party, Labour Party, Liberal Democrats and UKIP.

Rather than choosing individual candidates in European elections, votes are cast for a party.

The election will be held on May 22 but the count does not take place until May 25 in line with the rest of Europe.

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