Euro candidates set to do battle

MEP candidates have been announced.
MEP candidates have been announced.

A local man and woman are among 88 candidates aiming to become one of the north west’s eight European MPs.

Eleven political parties will contest the elections on Thursday, May 22 to choose the north west’s eight Members of the European Parliament (MEPs).

Parties standing in the north west region are: An Independence from Europe, British National Party, Conservative Party, English Democrats, Green Party, Labour Party, Liberal Democrats, No2EU, Pirate Party UK, Socialist Equality Party and UK Independence Party.

The full list of candidates can be viewed at

Candidates include Gina Dowding of Lancaster (Green) and Joseph Barker-Willis (Conservative). Gina is currently Lancashire county councillor for Lancaster Central ward and has previously served on Lancaster City Council.

Joe was born and bred in Morecambe, and attended Morecambe High School, where he was head boy in 2008.

At 24, he is the youngest European parliamentary candidate in the country.

At the same time, electors in the University and Scotforth West wards for Lancaster City Council will be choosing new councillors in two by-elections.

There will also be a by-election to elect a new councillor for Morecambe Town Council in the Westgate ward.

Five candidates are standing in the Scotforth West ward: Phil Dunster (Lib Dem), Colin Hartley (Laour), Steve Metcalfe (Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts), Abi Mills (Green) and Janet Walton (Conservative). Five candidates are also standing in the University ward: Daniel Aldred (Conservative), Jack Filmore (Green), Stuart Langhorn (Independent), James Leyshon (Labour) and Oliver Mountjoy (Lib Dem).

And in Westgate, three candidates are standing: Alan Biddulph (Labour), Terry Ingle (Morecambe Bay Independents) and Steven Ogden (UKIP). Voters go to the polls on May 22 but people will not be able to vote unless they have ensured they are on the electoral register by Tuesday, May 6.

Anyone who is on the electoral register can choose to register to vote by post.

Applications for a postal vote in the forthcoming elections must be received by 5pm on Wednesday, May 7.

Anyone who is not registered can visit to download a registration form.

Alternatively, or if they need to update t heir details (for example if they have changed address or changed surname through marriage since registering) or check whether they are on the register, they should contact Lancaster City Council’s elections hotline on 01524 582905.

lA free public event for people to discuss the European elections is being held at the Friends Meeting House in Meeting House Lane, Lancaster, from 7.30pm tomorrow, Friday.

Speaking at the event will be Chris Diskin, economic justice programme assistant at the Quaker Council for European Affairs in Brussels.