JUST two of the candidates standing in the European elections next month are from Cornwall.
The list of candidates for the election – which takes place on May 22 – was published yesterday and showed that just two are based in Cornwall.
Jude Robinson from Pool is standing as a Labour Party candidate and Robert Smith from Penzance is standing for UKIP.
The remaining 46 candidates are all from elsewhere but despite the election being for the south west region 12 of them are listed with addresses outside the south west.
Out of the British National Party’s six candidates just two are based in the south west with the others based as far away as Wigan, Eccles and Stockport.
And even the Conservative Party has candidates based outside the region including former Olympic rower James Cracknell from London and others from Richmond-upon-Thames and London.
The south west region for the European elections also includes Gibraltar but just one party – the Liberal Democrats – is fielding a candidate from there.
Just 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.
In the south west there are currently three Conservative MEPs, two UKIP and one Lib Dem.
Parties fielding candidates in the south west are An Independence from Europe, British National Party, Conservative Party, English Democrats, Green Party, Labour Party, Liberal Democrats and UKIP.
Rather than voting for individual candidates in European elections you vote for a party instead.
The election will be held on May 22 but the count does not take place until Sunday May 25 in line with the rest of Europe.
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