South West England (European Parliament constituency)

South West England
European Parliament constituency
Location among the 2014 constituencies

Shown in England, Gibraltar inset
Member state United Kingdom
Electorate 3,998,479[1]
Created 1999
MEPs 7 (1999–2009)
6 (2009 – present)

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


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. It also includes the British overseas territory of Gibraltar since 2004.


The constituency 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.

Before the 2004 election, it was expanded to include Gibraltar. This was the result of a 1999 European Court of Human Rights case, which argued that Gibraltar should be entitled to vote in European elections. Spain took a complaint about Gibraltar participating in European elections to the European Court of Justice, but their case was unsuccessful.[2]

MEPs for former South West England constituencies, 1979 – 1999
Election 1979 – 1984 1984 – 1989 1989 – 1994 1994 – 1999
Bristol Richard Cottrell
Ian White
Cornwall and Plymouth (1979–1994)
Cornwall and West Plymouth (1994–1999)
David Harris
Christopher Beazley
Robin Teverson
Liberal Democrat
Cotswolds Lord Plumb
Devon (1979–1994)
Devon and East Plymouth (1994–1999)
Lord O'Hagan
Giles Chichester
Somerset (1979–1984)
Somerset and Dorset West (1984–1994)
Somerset and North Devon (1994–1999)
Frederick Warner
Margaret Daly
Graham Watson
Liberal Democrat
Upper Thames (1979–1984)
Wiltshire (1984–1994)
Wiltshire North and Bath (1994–1999)
Robert Jackson
Caroline Jackson
Wessex (1979–1984)
Dorset East and Hampshire West (1984–1994)
Dorset and East Devon (1994–1999)
James Spicer
Bryan Cassidy

Returned members

MEPs for South West England, 1999 onwards
Election 1999 (5th parliament) 2004 (6th parliament) 2009 (7th parliament) 2014 (8th parliament)
Caroline Jackson
Ashley Fox
Neil Parish
Julie Girling
Giles Chichester
Molly Scott Cato
Earl of Stockton
Roger Knapman
William Dartmouth
Michael Holmes[3]
UKIP (1999–2000)
Independent (2000–02)
Graham Booth[4]
Trevor Colman[5]
Julia Reid
Graham Watson
Liberal Democrat
Clare Moody
Glyn Ford
Seat abolished

Election results

See also: European Parliament election, 2004 and European Parliament election, 2009

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

European Election 2014: South West England[6]
List Candidates Votes % ±
UKIP William Dartmouth, Julia Reid,
Gawain Towler, Tony McIntyre, Robert Smith, Keith Crawford
32.29 +10.2
Conservative Ashley Fox, Julie Girling,
James Cracknell, Georgina Butler, Sophie Swire, Melisa Maynard
28.9 −1.36
Labour Clare Moody,
Glyn Ford, Ann Reeder, Hadleigh Roberts, Jude Robinson, Junab Ali
206,124 13.75 +6.1
Green Molly Scott Cato,
Emily McIvor, Ricky Knight, Audaye Elesedy, Judy Maciejowska, Mark Chivers
166,447 11.1 +1.8
Liberal Democrat Graham Watson, Kay Barnard, Brian Matthew, Andrew Wigley, Jay Risbridger, Lyana Armstrong-Emery[7] 160,376 10.7 −6.5
An Independence from Europe David Smith, Helen Webster, Mike Camp, Andrew Edwards, Phil Dunn, John Taverner 23,169 1.6 N/A
English Democrat Alan England, Mike Blundell, Clive Lavelle, Barbara Wright, Stephen Wright, Raymond Carr 15,081 1.0 −0.6
BNP Adrian Rommilly, Cliff Jones, Arnold Brindle, Wayne Tomlinson, Andrew Webster, Giuseppe De Santis 10,910 0.7 −3.2
Turnout 1,503,174 37.0 −1.8
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, William 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 Democrat Michael Turner, Sara Box, Keith Riley, Stephen Wright, Raymond Carr, Lee Pickering 25,313 1.6 N/A
Christian 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[8]
List Candidates Votes % ±
Conservative Neil Parish, Caroline Jackson, Giles Chichester
Richard Graham, Earl of Stockton, Jack Lopresti, Julie Girling
31.6 −10.1
UKIP Graham Booth, Roger Knapman
Trevor Colman, Elizabeth Burton, Matthew Jackson, Michael Faulkner, Andrew Reed
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,[9][10] 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[11] 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[12]
List Candidates Votes % ±
Conservative Caroline Jackson, Giles Chichester, Earl of Stockton, Neil Parish
David Martin, Bryan Cassidy, Paul Marland
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,[13] Donald Stevens, Stephen Parnell, Terence Cavill,[14] 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

Campaign for a dedicated Euro-constituency and MEP for Cornwall

In campaigning for a dedicated Cornish seat, the leader of the Cornish nationalist party Mebyon Kernow, Dick Cole, said in May 2009, "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."[15] Until 1994 Cornwall was represented by the much smaller Cornwall and Plymouth constituency.


  1. 1 2 "European Election 2009: South West". BBC News Online. 8 June 2009. Retrieved 8 June 2009.
  2. Spain loses case over Gibraltar elections
  3. Resigned in 2002
  4. Appointed in 2002 to replace Michael Holmes, retired on 1 October 2008.
  5. Appointed in 2008 to replace Graham Booth.
  6. Morris, Paul (22 April 2014). "Statement of Persons Nominated". Poole Borough Council. Retrieved 3 May 2014.
  7. Representing the Liberal Party of Gibraltar
  8. "2004 Election candidates". UK Office of the European Parliament. Retrieved 4 June 2009.
  9. Representing the Gibraltar Reform Party
  11. swcand
  12. "Euros 99 – South West". BBC News. Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  13. "BBC News – Programmes – Under the skin of the BNP". BBC News.
  14. "BBC News – Programmes – Under the skin of the BNP". BBC News.
  15. Mebyon Kernow campaigns for Cornwall only MEP
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