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"For 40 years Britain has benefited from being able to freely trade with some of the world's largest economies. Tourists and businesses have been able to travel freely without hindrance thanks to the freedom of movement. Over 2.2 million British citizens now live, work, study or have chosen to retire in another EU country.
Over the past 40 years we have played a crucial role in turning the European Union
into one of the world’s trading powerhouses. Allowing British businesses to thrive on the world stage, selling our goods to markets free from trade tariffs. Britain has been at the helm time and again to ensure we do not allow Europe to become insular and protectionist in its outlook. Defending free trade, opening up new markets for our businesses to trade with. But we have already begun to see this influence wane as the virus of nationalism infects Britain's body politic.”
"We face a massive challenge to ensure Britain remains a key member in the next 40 years. In 2013 I will continue to fight for a fair deal and to demonstrate to residents in the South West the disaster that would unfold should we exit the EU. I want to ensure the South West continues to be a net beneficiary of the EU. I also wish to see the single market opened up further. Allowing businesses to trade in services as well as goods and produce which could add a further £600 billion to the British economy.”
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There will be SIX MEPs elected in May 2014 using the d'Hondt method of party-list proportional representation.
Candidates campaigned and were elected by members of the party in the region through ballot to determine the list order. The results of the ballot were announced on 31 July 2013.
Incumbent MEPs Julie Girling and Ashley Fox have been reselected according to tweets dated 11 May. The full list is not yet known but as sitting MEPs they will top the list.
On 11 May 2013, Julie Girling tweeted: "Thanks to everyone for your support and reselection today as Conservative candidate in 2014. Bring it on!#voteconservative2014". Ashley Fox wrote on his Facebook page: "Pleased to report that both Julie and I were reselected".
MEP Giles Chichester is retiring and will stand down as an MEP.
In July 2012, the Green Party announced that Molly Scott Cato will be their lead candidate to contest the European Elections in the South West in 2014. Molly, a Professor of Strategy and Sustainability at Roehampton University is also a District Councillor in Stroud. She is the party's Economics Spokesperson and Convenor of the Green Group on Stroud District Council.
According to the Green Party, if voting trends continue as they did in previous European elections Greens are “on course to win a seat in 2014”. (h/t @audaye)
List of candidates for the region was announced on 8 April 2013.
There will now be an 'one member, one vote' (OMOV) ballot of party members in the region to rank the candidates in list order, possibly in June. A woman will be the top of the list. (h/t Jon Worth)
Candidates campaigned and were elected by members of the party in the region through ballot to determine the list order. The results of the ballot were announced 2 December 2012.
The Party for Cornwall will not be presenting candidates in May 2014 because "the costs [are] prohibitive for a small party. Plus Cornwall is a tiny part of the 'region'".
UKIP announced its shortlist of six 'fruitcake-free' candidates for 2014 Euro elections on 12 August. The shortlisted candidates were subjected to a separate membership ballot to determine the order of the eventual list, the results of which were unveiled on 8 October.Independent
Incumbent MEP William the Earl of Dartmouth has been reselected and will be head of the list in the region. MEP Trevor Colman is retiring and will stand down as an MEP.
There had been rumours that Neil and Christine Hamilton were being lined up to be next UKIP MEPs for the region - however in December 2012 Christine exclusively denied to me that she would be standing. Mr Farage apparently is planning a 'different leading role for the party' for Mr Hamilton.