LCER Euro Election Briefing 2019
Labour and Labour reforming MEPs in Britain after the 2019 European Election
Labour lost seats in many of the 12 nations and regions it stood.
Several MEPs who were supporting electoral reform had stood down before the election.
Where no Labour MEPs
In the East of England, the South West, where our single MEP, lost and in Scotland we have no Labour representation, we lost two. David Martin was on the top of the Labour list and been a Scottish MEP since 1984 and supporter of electoral reform not much later.
In the West Midland we lost one MEP, but Neena Gill kept her seat.
In Yorkshire and the Humber we lost one MEP, but Richard Corbett, electoral reformer, kept his seat.
In the North East, we lost Paul Brennan's seat, but Judith Kirton-Darling is our remaining MEP
In the South East of England we kept our one MEP, John Howarth.
In the East Midlands we kept our one MEP, Rory Palmer.
In Wales we kept our one MEP, who is now Jackie Jones although Labour came in third position for the first time in Wales since Keir Hardie.
London and the North West we have two MEPs
In London we lost two MEPs but pro reform Claude Moraes and Seb Dance kept their seats.
Mary Honeyball had stood down and announced that she had left the Labour Party. In an interview post the election result she made the point that the numbers voting for hard Brexiteer parties, was 5 per cent fewer than those supporting a People's Vote. Although the positions of Labour and Conservative voters in this election remains unknown.
In the North West we lost one MEP, but keep two, Theresa Griffin and pro electoral reform Julie Ward.
Congratulations to those MEPs who kept their seats. It would be good to discover the positions of those Labour MEPs who survived that we do not already know about.
Good luck for the future and thank you to the MEPs and candidates who lost.
Now we need to continue to make the case for a better voting system which will allocate seats according to the votes cast in a General Election. Of course a general election cannot be made to seem like a second referendum on our membership of the European Union and will not be on this one issue as it seemed to be on Thursday, although not with stalwart Labour voters who voted Labour because it was their party.
Meetings for voting reform
If you have bright ideas about new arguments or old ones that work for you, let us know. If you would like a speaker for a meeting to discuss voting reform, contact us. And if you would like a copy of our new Speaker's Cards with Myths & Rebuttals to help argue the case, just let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or think about joining LCER. We need Labour to be able to offer more than a constitutional convention in our next manifesto. We need to engage with other party supporters who share some of our values about democracy. And in vital Conservative marginals win them over to support our candidates. If you are in a target seat and know the position of your candidate let us know. If you do not know why not ask them and tell us. We believe there is evidence that voting reform can win over support in key seats as it did in 2017. We discovered Labour candidates' positions and let others know that if they supported them, they would work for a different politics where all votes count and people are listened to.
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Resolutions and Submissions
It is also the time to think about putting resolution to conference or sending submissions to the Justice and Home Affairs Commission. If you want ideas, we hope to launch our new website on 1 June, or contact us as above.