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Sunday, 31 August 2014

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Parties name candidates for European elections

CONSERVATIVE Chris Whiteside is the only Copeland-based candidate to stand in this month’s European elections.

By Andrew Clarke

Mr Whiteside, a former Copeland councillor who has twice been his party’s UK Parliamentary candidate, will contest the vote on Thursday, May 22.

Fellow Conservative, farmer Kevin Beaty, from Carlisle, will also stand.

Other Cumbrian candidates who will contest the eight North West seats are former Carlisle mayor John Metcalfe, for the NO2EU party; Jill Perry (Greens), John Stanyer (UKIP) and Dawn Charlton and Clive Jefferson (BNP).

Elections for the European Parliament are held every five years and work on a system of proportional representation devised by a Belgian lawyer, Victor d’Hondt. Instead of voting for candidates, as in a General Election, voters select parties.

Each party chooses its own slate of candidates. Those at the top of the slate will be elected first. Mr Whiteside is listed seventh.

The elections will be held on the same day as Copeland’s elected mayor referendum and polling opens from 7am to 10pm. The votes will be counted, in line with the rest of Europe, on Sunday, May 25.

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