The European elections will take place on Thursday, May 23 and candidates are now getting into the stride of their election campaigns. According to recent polls, Nigel Farage and the Brexit Party are surging ahead with Labour and the Liberal Democrats following closely behind. The Conservatives have dropped in popularity dramatically with recent polls putting them in fifth position in terms of voter intention for the upcoming elections.
According to a ComRes Brexit poll, 27 percent of voters intend to vote for Brexit Party in the upcoming election on May 27.
This is compared to 25 percent for Labour and only 13 percent for Conservative.
The data compiled by ComRes Global also found that if a general election were to be held, the Conservatives would come third – with Labour leading the opinion poll at 27 percent, followed by Brexit Party at 20 percent.
This poll was compiled from a sample six of 2,034 UK adults, commissioned by a Brexiteer group and carried out by professional pollsters.
How many MEPs does the UK have?
Each country is allocated a set number of seats roughly depending on the size of its population.
The smallest member state is Malta – with a population of around half a million, it has a corresponding six members sitting in the European Parliament.
While the largest member is Germany – with a population of 82 million and a subsequent 96 MEPs.
Currently, there are a total of 751 MEPs representing the 28 nation states of the EU.
The UK currently has 73 members of European Parliament.
There are 12 European electoral regions in the UK and each is represented by between three and 10 MEPs.
The constituencies and number of MEPs for each are as follows:
South East England – 10
London – 8
North West England – 8
East of England – 7
West Midlands – 7
South West England (including Gibraltar) – 6
Yorkshire and the Humber – 6
Scotland – 6
East Midlands – 5
Wales – 4
North East England – 3
Northern Ireland – 3
How do I find out my current MEP?
You can find out your current MEP here.
There is a breakdown of the MEPs per location, simply choose which part of Britain you live in and find out the MEPs for your area.
How do I find out the MEPs candidates?
As long as you have registered to vote, you will be able to cast your ballot or send in your postal vote for next week’s elections.
Both UK citizens and European citizens currently residing in the country will be allowed to vote.
To find out which candidates are looking for your vote in your area, use this tool devised by the European Parliament for a full list of candidates broken down by party.