The Green Party of England and Wales has announced its list of candidates for the European elections.
Voters in the UK will go to the polls on Thursday 23 May to elect 73 MEPs across 11 electoral regions (nine in England, one for Scotland and one for Wales – there is a separate system in Northern Ireland). Each region has between three and 10 MEPs representing it. All parties submit a list of candidates for each region, and the electorate then votes not for candidates but for parties.
The Green Party has fielded candidates in all nine English regions and Wales (65 in total). A number of significant figures in the party are standing to become MEPs, including the popular Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Magid Magid, who rose to fame for banning Donald Trump from the city, and Molly Scott Cato, current MEP for the South West and ardent Remain campaigner, who launched the Brexit Syndicate project to shine a light on the wealthy players behind the scenes of Brexit.
Other candidates include anti-fracking campaigner Gina Dowding, Bristol’s Lord Mayor Cleo Lake, Lambeth councillor Scott Ainslie and Alex Phillips, the Deputy Mayor of Brighton and Hove. The full list can be found at the bottom of this article.
Greens are campaigning under a strong pro-Remain banner, as the biggest Remain party in the European Parliament – with three MEPs elected in 2014. The party’s campaign also focuses on freedom of movement, an end to austerity and investment in clean, renewable energy.
“Polls show that Greens are the most popular pro-EU Party standing in this election,” said Scott Cato, “and Green votes are more likely to send pro-EU MEPs to Brussels than votes for any other party. We are unflinchingly pro-European. We have led the national movement for a People’s Vote and unequivocally defend freedom of movement – the right to study, work, travel and love across our continent.’’
Greens don’t just want to remain in the EU, we want to transform it.
Magid added: “Remaining in Europe is the priority, particularly for young people. We must protect our right to freely move across 27 other European countries. But this election is also massive chance to do politics differently and to make real change.
“Greens don’t just want to remain in the EU, we want to transform it. Green MEPs will fight for serious climate action, to protect migrant rights and build a shared, equal future for all our constituents and all Europeans. Green MEPs will stand for your future. Elect Greens and we will deliver on the defining issues of our time.’
How are MEPs elected in the UK?
Unlike the UK elections, voting for MEPs uses a form of proportional representation called the D’Hondt system. This takes place over several rounds (one for each seat in the region).
If a region has three seats, for example, the first round will simply look at the party with the most votes – the candidate at the top of their list will be elected. In the second round, this party will have its share of the votes divided by two (one plus the number of MEPs elected). The party with the most votes in the second round will then elect an MEP, and the same thing happens in round three. If the same party won the first two seats, their vote share would be divided by three (one plus the number of MEPs elected).
Full list of Green Party candidates:
Catherine Rowett – Read our Q&A with Catherine here
Kat Boettge – Read our Q&A with Kat here.
Remco van der Stoep
Kirsten de Keyser
Rachel Featherstone – Read our Q&A with Rachel here
Gina Dowding – Read our Q&A with Gina here
Alexandra Phillips – Read our Q&A with Alexandra here
Leslie Groves Williams
Phelim Mac Cafferty
Molly Scott Cato
Karen La Borde
Anthony Slaughter – Read our Q&A with Anthony here
Ellie Chowns – Read our Q&A with Ellie here
Yorkshire and the Humber
Magid Magid – We joined Magid on his campaign tour of the region