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United Kingdom European Parliament election, 2014 The is scheduled to be held on Thursday 22 May 2014 United Kingdom's component of the 2014 European Parliament election [1 ] (possibly coinciding with the [2 ] 2014 local elections in England ). Most of the results of the election will be announced on Sunday 25 May, after voting has closed throughout the 28 member states of the [3 ] European Union.
In total, 73
Members of the European Parliament will be elected from the United Kingdom using proportional representation. England, Scotland and Wales use a closed-list party list system of PR (with the D'Hondt method), while Northern Ireland use the Single transferable vote (STV). Current MEPs by European Political Group [edit ]
Since the last election, there have been various changes to the UK MEP breakdown. A 73rd UK MEP (
Anthea McIntyre) was allocated in December 2011 to the Conservatives because of the Treaty of Lisbon. There have been various defections:
Ulster Conservatives and Unionists - New Force (UCUNF) electoral pact between the Conservatives and the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) in Northern Ireland was dissolved.
Thus, the following parties currently have MEPs representing the UK:
UKIP have 9 MEPs in total, but only 8 are in the Freedom & Democracy group, with 1 Trevor Colman as a Non-Inscrit. Voting system and regional representation [edit ]
As has been the case since 1999, the election is conducted in a total of 12 electoral regions: using the regional
Party-list proportional representation system, in each of the government's nine English regions, Scotland and Wales, but the Single transferable vote system in Northern Ireland. As a result of the Treaty of Lisbon coming into force, the UK became entitled to a 73rd MEP as from November 2011. The Electoral Commission performed a reallocation in keeping with the same procedures they used to allocate 72 MEPs and an extra Conservative MEP was allocated to the West Midlands constituency based on the 2009 vote. [9 ] Includes 1 Gibraltar, the only British overseas territory which is part of the European Union. Returning officers [edit ]
The 'European Parliamentary Elections (Returning Officers) Order 2013' provides for the designated
Returning Officer for each electoral region to be the council official responsible for elections in each of the following Westminster constituencies Kettering for the East Midlands, Chelmsford for the Eastern region, Lewisham, Deptford for the London region, Sunderland Central for the North East region, Manchester Central for the North West region, Falkirk for Scotland, Southampton, Test for the South East region, Poole for the South West region, Preseli Pembrokeshire for Wales, Birmingham Ladywood for the West Midlands region, and Leeds Central for the Yorkshire and Humber region. [10 ] Retiring/resigned incumbents [edit ] Conservative [edit ] Green [edit ] Labour [edit ] Liberal Democrats [edit ] UKIP [edit ] Opinion Polls [edit ]
These opinion polls are for Great Britain and generally exclude Northern Ireland. The methodology used for these polls broadly corresponds to that of the methodology that is used for
Opinion polling for the next United Kingdom general election; please see that article for the methodology used by each polling company. YouGov have experimented with different methods of polling for these elections, using their own method for their 8–9 January 2013 poll and another corresponding to that used by Survation and ComRes for their 10–11 January 2013 poll (both below) and argue that their method gives more accurate answers. Data for these polls is generally gathered at the same time as gathering the data for General Election polling. [23 ] 2013 [edit ]
Date(s) conducted Polling organisation/client Sample size Con UKIP Lab Lib Dem Others Lead 21–22 Nov Survation/Daily Star 1,006 24% 25% 32% 8% 12% 7% over UKIP 11 Oct Survation/Mail on Sunday 1,017 21% 22% 35% 11% 11% 13% over UKIP 22–24 May ComRes/Open Europe 2,003 21% 27% 23% 18% 11% 4% over Lab 17–18 May Survation/Mail on Sunday 1,000 20% 30% 31% 8% 11% 1% over UKIP 17–18 Jan YouGov/The Sun 1,912 30% 12% 38% 13% 7% 8% over Con 10–11 Jan YouGov/The Sun 1,995 24% 19% 36% 12% 10% 12% over Con 9–10 Jan ComRes/Sunday People 2,002 22% 23% 35% 8% 12% 12% over UKIP 8–9 Jan YouGov/The Sun 1,980 27% 17% 38% 12% 6% 11% over Con 5 Jan Survation/Mail on Sunday 772 24% 22% 31% 11% 12% 7% over Con 4 Jun 2009 European Parliament election, 2009 (United Kingdom) Results 15,136,932 27.7% 16.5% 15.7% 13.7% 25.6% 11% over UKIP See also [edit ] References [edit ] External links [edit ]