Extra MEP for the West Midlands in 2014
27TH OCTOBER 2010: IN response to a request from the Minister for Political and Constitutional Reform, Mark Harper MP, the Electoral Commission has recommended that the additional Member of the European Parliament (MEP) seat allocated to the UK under the Treaty of Lisbon should be in the West Midlands.
The Electoral Commission were asked asked to submit our recommendation to the Minister for Political and Constitutional Reform by 22 October 2010.
In making their recommendation for the distribution of any total number of MEPs the Commission had to ensure that:
• each electoral region is allocated at least three MEPs
• the ratio of registered electors to MEPs is as nearly as possible the same in each electoral region
The Commission applied the Sainte-Laguë method to allocate the UK’s seventy third MEP seat. This follows previous consultation exercises which have confirmed, including from expert sources, that this enables us to adhere to the statutory criterion to ensure that the ratio of registered electors to MEPs is as nearly as possible the same in each electoral region.
As such the Electoral Commission have recommend that the West Midlands electoral region be allocated the additional seat that was awarded to the UK under the Treaty of Lisbon.
So this will be the number of seats to be contested in each region in June 2014.
East Midlands 5
North East 3
North West 8
South East 10
South West 6
West Midlands 7
Yorkshire & the Humber 6
Northern Ireland 3
Nick Griffin said the news would be welcomed by his colleague Simon Darby (above).
"Simon narrowly missed out being elected to the European Parliament in 2004 and again was in the running for the sixth and final seat in 2009. This additional seat must help Simon or whoever tops the British National Party list in 2014 to get elected to the European Parliament."
No recommendation was sought on the distribution of the new total of 73 MEPs between electoral regions.