Majority of Labour’s top MEP slots go to backers of a People’s Vote - People's Vote

Majority of Labour’s top MEP slots go to backers of a People’s Vote

The majority of Labour’s top MEP candidates – those who stand the best chance of being elected - are supporters of a People’s Vote.

Over three-quarters of candidates who are ranked highly enough to have won a seat at the last European elections in 2014 have said publicly that they back a People’s Vote.

Prominent backers of a People’s Vote standing as Labour candidates include Momentum’s national coordinator Laura Parker and Lord Adonis. Many of those who aren’t listed in the top spots have also expressed support for a People’s Vote.

Richard Corbett MEP, Labour leader in the European Parliament, said:

“Labour Party members, the vast majority of whom back a public vote on any Brexit deal, will be pleased to see that so many of our candidates share that view.

“A vote for Labour in the European Parliament elections will be a vote to deliver MEPs who are overwhelmingly supportive of giving the public the final say on Brexit.

“Labour’s manifesto for the elections will no doubt reflect this position, not only because it is what our members, our voters and the public want, but also because a clear position on Brexit gives us the best chance of defeating the Conservatives and Nigel Farage’s party.

“Ultimately, a public ballot is the only way to deliver a stable settlement that can command the confidence of the country and bring closure to the Brexit process.”

 

Notes to editors

  • Labour has now published a full list of its candidates for the European Elections.

Labour Party, 18 April 2019,https://labour.org.uk/people/our-european-election-candidates/

  • At the 2014 European elections, Labour secured 20 seats out of 70 across the regions and nations, second only to UKIP which won 27.

House of Commons Library, 11 June 2014, page 16,http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/RP14-32/RP14-32.pdf

  • The table below shows candidates ranked highly enough in Labour’s regional/national lists of MEP candidates to have been elected in the 2014 European elections, along with details of their position on a People’s Vote or more broadly on Brexit if available. We are happy to update this table on receipt of more up-to-date information.
  • 16 out of 20 of candidates ranked highly enough to have won in 2014 are backers of a People’s Vote.

 

Name

Region

Position

Back PV?

Link

Neena Gill

West Midlands

1

Yes

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2019/03/31/19-meps-representing-leave-voting-constituencies-campaigning/

Sion Simon

West Midlands

2

No

https://www.sion-simon.com/2018/10/24/sion-slams-tory-brexit-negotiation-shambles/

Claude Moraes

London

1

Yes

https://twitter.com/Claude_Moraes/status/1053967485421191170

Seb Dance

London

2

Yes

https://twitter.com/SebDance/status/1045072353980555269

Katy Clark

London

3

No

 

Laura Parker

London

4

Yes

https://www.theneweuropean.co.uk/top-stories/is-momentum-about-to-support-a-people-s-vote-on-brexit-1-5667471

Alex Mayer

Eastern

1

Yes

https://twitter.com/alexlmayer/status/1099286111866839040

John Howarth

South East

1

Yes

https://twitter.com/johnhowarth1958

Jackie Jones

Wales

1

Yes

https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:cnI-HQkx-bQJ:https://twitter.com/jackiejones27%3Flang%3Den+&cd=2&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=uk

Richard Corbett

Yorkshire & Humber

1

Yes

https://labourlist.org/2019/01/71-labour-mps-back-a-peoples-vote-but-issues-remain-unresolved/

Eloise Todd

Yorkshire & Humber

2

Yes

https://www.bestforbritain.org/our_board

Theresa Griffin

North West

1

Yes

https://labourlist.org/2019/01/71-labour-mps-back-a-peoples-vote-but-issues-remain-unresolved/

Julie Ward

North West

2

Yes

https://labourlist.org/2019/01/71-labour-mps-back-a-peoples-vote-but-issues-remain-unresolved/

Wajid Khan

North West

3

Yes

https://twitter.com/WajidKhanMEP/status/1082578518188441600

David Martin

Scotland

1

Yes

https://twitter.com/davidmartinmep/status/1117725659982389248

Jayne Baxter

Scotland

2

No

 

Rory Palmer

East Midlands

1

Yes

 

Judith Kirton-Darling

North East

1

Yes

https://twitter.com/Jude_KD/status/1108274320336396290

Paul Brannen

North East

2

Yes

https://twitter.com/PaulBrannenNE/status/1112427208537194497

Clare Moody

South West

1

Yes

https://twitter.com/ClareMoodyMEP/status/1118954704157990912

 

 

  • Mary Wimbury, who is third on the list in Wales, tweeted in April:

Great to hear @Jeremy_Miles @WelshLabour Minister for #Brexit say    we believe the UK is better off in the EU and if there is another referendum @WelshLabour will campaign to #Remain

@MaryWimbury, Twitter, 14 April 2019

https://twitter.com/MaryWimbury/status/1117375068307378176

 

  • Sharon Taylor, who is third on the list in the Eastern region, tweeted in April:

Good discussion with @TheOfficialJVS on @BBC3CR today about PM’s ‘last chance saloon’ on Brexit. Having lost confidence of Parliament, Cabinet & her Party she finally decides on cross Party talks. Labour will act in interest of UK & then I hope ask for a confirmatory referendum

@SharonStevenage, 3 April 2019

https://twitter.com/SharonStevenage/status/1113423947117338626

 

  • Rohit Dagupta, who is fifth on the list in the South East, has called for Brexit to be opposed "at all costs":

“Theresa May’s clarion call for Brexit must be opposed at all costs,” he said, adding that efforts should be made to “reverse the damage”.

Rohit Dasgupta, 3 May 2017

https://scroll.in/latest/836479/kolkata-man-to-contest-in-uk-general-election-on-a-labour-party-ticket