Broxtowe News Update and Information Service – Mid May 2019 – European Elections special
I am publishing this as we have received very little about tomorrow’s elections.
Welcome to a special (mid month) edition and update for May.
You may have been thinking after the local elections on 2 May – well that’s it for voting for a while – I’ve probably had enough of leaflets, folk knocking at my door and so on.
Not so fast! Lo and behold we now have another chance tomorrow to vote – this time on a national basis for the European Elections taking place tomorrow – Thursday 23 May 2019. Polls are open as of 2 May – from 7am until 10pm. You vote at the same place you did a couple of weeks ago.
I’ve been asked by a number of people for advice and also to try and shed some light as to why we are having the elections and to try and explain the voting procedure (how it works) which is quite different to both local government and UK parliament elections.
This newsletter therefore is primarily about tomorrow.
Richard S Robinson
Broxtowe News Update & Information Service – Mid May 2019 – European Elections special
So who are we voting for tomorrow in the East Midlands – and how does the system work?
On the ballot paper tomorrow you will see the following (you only have one vote)
Change UK – candidates – Kate Godfrey, Joan Pons Laplana, Narinder Sharma, Pankajkumar Gulab, Emma Manley
Conservative – candidates – Emma McClarkin, Rupert Matthews, Tony Harper, Brendan Clarke-Smith, Thomas Randall
Green – candidates – Kat Boettge, Gerhard Lohmann-Bond, Liam McClelland, Daniel Wimberley, Simon Tooke
Independent Network – candidates – Nick Byatt, Marianne Overton, Daniel Simpson, Pearl Clarke, Nikki Dillon
Labour – candidates – Rory Palmer, Leonie Mathers, Tony Tinley, Nicolle Ndiweni, Gary Godden
Liberal Democrats – candidates – Bill Newton Dunn, Michael Mullaney, Lucy Care, Suzanna Austin, Caroline Kenyon
The Brexit Party – candidates – Annunziata Rees-Mogg, Jonathan Bullock, Matthew Patten, Tracy Knowles, Anna Bailey
UKIP – candidates – Alan Graves, Marietta King, Anil Bhatti, Fran Loi, John Evans
Independent – candidate – Simon Rood
Five MEPs will be elected to represent the East Midlands region (this is a huge area covering from as wide a diverse geographical area including Northamptonshire up through Leicestershire to Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire & Lincolnshire).
This is where (well I think) it becomes interesting. It is not a first past the post system (when you vote in a parliamentary election in England for example) – the candidate who gets the most votes wins – (the votes of the others are completely disregarded). In a real-life illustration from 2011, Tony Tan obtained a greater number of votes than any of the other candidates. Therefore, he was declared the winner, although the second-placed candidate had an inferior margin of only 0.35% and a majority of voters (64.8%) did not vote for the declared winner: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First-past-the-post_voting
Tomorrow’s vote is counted using a proportional system – and I think the following document explains in a more concise way than I could (a rather complex system)!
Please see: How EU voting works (5) (1)
I trust the above is useful – I’ve tried to make the information as clear as possible – do come back with any questions.
If you do fancy some challenging reading tonight before tomorrow’s vote (you may not agree with all of what is written) but for a stimulating read try both articles:
I’ve listed some key points here – that will hopefully prove useful:
- Essentially as Brexit has now been delayed for six months (we were supposed to leave on 29 March this year) – with a new date set for October 31 2019 – this means the UK must now participate in European Union polls tomorrow.
- Rather than me go over a lot of old ground there is a lot of useful and concise background information on Brexit here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-32810887
- Additional information can be viewed at: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2019/05/22/european-elections-uk-2019-results-vote-date/
- But didn’t the Prime Minister make a major speech yesterday on her new deal and Withdrawal Agreement Bill (WAB)? Yes she did, but this does not seemed to have been terribly successful.
- She has made 10 specific commitments and these are shown below:
1 The government will seek to conclude alternative arrangements to replace the backstop by December 2020.
2 Should the backstop come into force, the government will ensure that Great Britain will stay aligned with Northern Ireland.
3 The negotiating objectives and final treaties for our future relationship with the EU will have to be approved by MPs.
4 A new workers’ rights bill that guarantees workers’ rights will be no less favourable than in the EU.
5 No change in the level of environmental protection.
6 The UK will seek as close to frictionless trade in goods with the EU as possible while outside the single market and ending free movement.
7 We will keep up to date with EU rules for goods and agri-food products that are relevant to checks at border protecting the thousands of jobs that depend on just-in-time supply chains.
8 The government will bring forward a customs compromise for MPs to decide on to break the deadlock.
9 There will be a vote for MPs on whether the deal should be subject to a referendum.
10 There will be a legal duty to secure changes to the political declaration to reflect this new deal.
- However MPs from across the political divide appear to be largely non-supportive of the WAB – https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/may/21/may-offers-mps-vote-on-second-referendum-in-new-brexit-deal