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South West England
European Parliament constituency
South West England (European Parliament constituency) is located in European Parliament constituencies 2007
Location amongst the 2007 constituencies
Shown in England, Gibraltar inset
Electorate population 3,998,479[1]
Created 1999
MEP(s) 7 (1999 - 2009)
6 (2009 - present)
Member State United Kingdom
Source(s) [1][2]

South West England is a constituency of the European Parliament. For 2009 it elects 6 MEPs using the d'Hondt method of party-list proportional representation, reduced from 7 in 2004.



The constituency consists of the South West England region of the United Kingdom, comprising the ceremonial counties of Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire. From the 2004 election onwards, the constituency also includes Gibraltar.


It was formed as a result of the European Parliamentary Elections Act 1999, replacing a number of single-member constituencies. These were Bristol, Cornwall and West Plymouth, Devon and East Plymouth, Dorset and East Devon, Somerset and North Devon, Wiltshire North and Bath, and parts of Cotswolds.

Dedicated Euro-constituency and MEP for Cornwall

Currently, the Cornish political party Mebyon Kernow is campaigning for a dedicated Euro-constituency and MEP for Cornwall. In May 2009 leader Dick Cole said, “This European election represents a huge democratic deficit for the people of Cornwall. Our distinct needs are ignored in the massive South West constituency and we have been poorly served by MEPs not resident in Cornwall. We consider it a nonsense that the European parliamentary constituency stretches from the Isles of Scilly to Bristol via Gibraltar. We hope voters will support our campaign for proper Cornish representation in Europe including a European Parliamentary constituency for Cornwall.”[2] Until 1994 Cornwall was represented by the much smaller Cornwall and Plymouth (European Parliament constituency).

Members of the European Parliament


1999 - 2004

MEP's Name Political Party
Graham Booth (Appointed in 2002 to replace Michael Holmes) UKIP (2002 onwards)
Giles Chichester Conservative
Glyn Ford Labour
Michael Holmes (Resigned in 2002) UKIP (1999 - 2002)
Caroline Jackson Conservative
Alexandar Macmillan Conservative
Neil Parish Conservative
Graham Watson Liberal Democrat

2004 - 2009

MEP's Name Political Party
Graham Booth (Retired on 1 October 2008) UKIP (until 2008)
Giles Chichester Conservative
Trevor Colman (Appointed in 2008 to replace Graham Booth) UKIP (2008 onwards)
Glyn Ford Labour
Caroline Jackson Conservative
Roger Knapman UKIP
Neil Parish Conservative
Graham Watson Liberal Democrat

2009 - 2014

MEP's Name Political Party
Giles Chichester Conservative
Trevor Colman UKIP
Ashley Fox Conservative
Julie Girling Conservative
William Dartmouth UKIP
Graham Watson Liberal Democrat

Election results

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Elected candidates are shown in bold. Brackets indicate the number of votes per seat won.

European election 2009: South West England[1]
List Candidates Votes % ±%
Conservative Giles Chichester, Julie Girling, Ashley Fox,
Mike Dolley, Don Collier, Zehra Zaidi
30.2 -1.3
UKIP Trevor Colman, Earl of Dartmouth,
Gawain Towler, Julia Reid, Alan Wood, Stephanie McWilliam
22.1 -0.5
Liberal Democrat Graham Watson,
Kay Barnard, Justine McGuinness, Humphrey Temperley, Paul Massey, Jonathan Stagnetto
266,253 17.2 -1.2
Green Ricky Knight, Roger Creagh-Osborne, Molly Scott Cato, Richard Lawson, Chloë Somers, David Taylor 144,179 9.3 +2.1
Labour Glyn Ford, Isabel Owen, Keir Dhillon, Dorothea Hodge, Dafydd Emlyn Williams, Eshter Pickup-Keller 118,716 7.7 -6.8
BNP Jeremy Wotherspoon, Barry Bennett, Adrian Rommilly, Sean Twitchin, Lawrence West, Peryn Parsons 60,889 3.9 +0.9
Pensioners Jonathan McQueen, Barry Hodgson, Derek Wharton, Roger Edwards, Stuart Baker, Barry Egerton 37,785 2.4 N/A
English Democrats Michael Turner, Sara Box, Keith Riley, Stephen Wright, Raymond Carr, Lee Pickering 25,313 1.6 N/A
Christian Party William Capstick, Katherine Mills, Diane Ofori, Larna Martin, Peter Vickers, Adenike Williams 21,329 1.4 N/A
Mebyon Kernow Dick Cole, Conan Jenkin, Loveday Jenkin, Simon Reed, Glenn Renshaw, Joanie Willett 14,922 1.0 N/A
Socialist Labour Robert Hawkins, Brian Corbett, Alison Entwistle, David Marchesi, Robert Hawkins, James Bannister 10,033 0.6 N/A
NO2EU Alex Gordon, Roger Davey, Rachel Lynch, Nick Quirk, John Chambers, Paul Dyer 9,741 0.6 N/A
Independent Katie Hopkins 8,971 0.6 N/A
Libertas Robin Matthews, Peter Morgan-Barnes, Chloe Gwynne, Christopher Charnock, Nicholas Carlton, Nicholas Charlee 7,292 0.5 N/A
Fair Pay Fair Trade David Michael, Judy Foster 7,151 0.5 N/A
Jury Team Sally Smith, Martin Paley, Michael Clayton, Brian Underwood, Roger Whitfield, William Barnett 5,758 0.4 N/A
Wai D Your Decision Nicola Guagliardo, Joy Margareth Skey 789 0.1 N/A
Turnout 1,549,708 38.8 +1.2
European election 2004: South West England[3]
List Candidates Votes % ±%
Conservative Neil Parish, Caroline Jackson, Giles Chichester, Richard Graham, Alexander Macmillan, 2nd Earl of Stockton 457,371 (152,457) 31.6 −10.1
UKIP Graham Booth, Roger Knapman, Bernard Colman, Elizabeth Burton, Matthew Jackson, Michael Faulkner, Andrew Reed 326,784 (163,392) 22.6 +12.0
Liberal Democrat Graham Watson, Anthony Welch, Kay Barnard, Simon Green, Christine Coleman, Katie Hall, Alistair Cameron 265,619 18.3 +1.8
Labour Glyn Ford, Bernadette Hartley, Ian White, Clare Moody, Keir Dhillon, Julie Watts, David Roberts 209,908 14.5 −3.5
Green David Taylor, Emily McIvor, Carol Kambites, Anthony Bown, Lyana Armstrong-Emery, Katharine Chant, Paul Edwards 103,821 7.2 −1.1
BNP Anthony North, Michaela Mackenzie, Barry Bennett, Edward Mullins, Robert Baggs, Bruce Cowd, Frederick Paynter[4] 43,653 3.0 +2.1
Countryside Party Chris Thomas-Everard, Brian Crawford, Diana Scott, Ranulph Fiennes, Archibald Montgomery, John Yewdall 30,824 2.1 N/A
Respect Paulette North, Sami Velioglu, Hannah Packham, Ann Thomas, John Bampfylde, Bernard Parkes, Anthony Staunton 10,437 0.7 N/A
Turnout 1,448,417 37.6 +10.0
European election 1999: South West England[5]
List Candidates Votes % ±%
Conservative Caroline Jackson, Giles Chichester, Alexander Macmillan, Neil Parish, David Martin, Bryan Cassidy, Paul Marland 434,645 (108,661.25) 41.7 N/A
Labour Glyn Ford, Ian White, Sue Mallory, James Knight, Marion Dewar, John Shepherd, Elizabeth Lisgo 188,362 18.1 N/A
Liberal Democrat Graham Watson, Robin Teverson, Terrye Jones, Paula Yates, Alan Butt-Philip, Janice Beasley, Simon Green 171,498 16.5 N/A
UKIP Michael Holmes, Graham Booth, Michael Faulkner, Malcolm Wood, Ronald Dickinson, Robert Edwards, George Eustice 111,012 10.6 N/A
Green David Taylor, Richard Lawson, Simon Pickering, Susan Proud, Hamish Soutar, Carol Kambites, Justin Quinnell 86,630 8.3 N/A
Liberal Paul Holmes, David Morrish, Lomond Handley, Frederick Stephens, Geoffrey Halliwell, Jean Pollock, Roy Collins 21,645 2.1 N/A
Pro-Euro Conservative Julian Ayer, Kenneth Daly, David McCrum, Denise Atkinson, Vilma Aris, Philip Taylor, Derek Palmer 11,134 1.1 N/A
BNP Bruce Cowd[6], Donald Stevens, Stephen Parnell, Terence Cavill[7], Barbara Packer, Peter Hart, George Jeffrey 9,752 0.9 N/A
Socialist Labour David White, Jean Ramshaw, Robert Hawkins, Paul Williams, Giles Shorter, Bernard Kennedy, Brian Corbett 5,741 0.6 N/A
Natural Law Mark Griffiths, Francis Lyons, Nicholas Cresswell, Margot Hartley, Thomas Dyball, Lynn Royse, Henry Brighouse 1,968 0.2 N/A
Turnout 1,042,387 27.6 N/A

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