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MEP Profiles: Conservative

MEP Profiles: Conservative

🕔21.May 2014

Conservative MEPs are bracing themselves for a cull. The rise of the Eurosceptic UKIP has come at the cost of much needed votes for Conservatives at mid-(or late, rather)-term elections.

PHILIP BRADBOURN  MEP

Philip Bradbourn has been member of the European Parliament since 1999.

Until his election he was adviser to the Conservative Group Leader on Wolverhampton City Council. He held various local authority posts mainly based around planning. He was also the Chairman of the West Midlands Region Conservatives.

In the 1992 General Election he stood as Conservative Candidate in the Wolverhampton South-East Parliamentary Constituency and in the 1994 European Elections was Conservative Candidate for the County Durham European Constituency. He was Chief Whip for the Conservatives in the European Parliament from April 2004 to January 2007, and was appointed Chief Whip again in November 2009. He is currently Conservative Spokesman for Regional Policy and Local Government.

He was awarded the OBE for public and political service in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 1994. It looks likely that Mr Bradbourne will be the region’s only Conservative MEP.

ANTHEA MCINTYRE MEP

Former consultant and farmer Anthea McIntyre was appointed to the European Parliament in December 2011 under treaty changes from the Lisbon Treaty which saw the creation of an extra seat in the region.

McIntyre stood unsuccessfully for parliament in Redditch in the general election of 1997. She was also unsuccessful as a candidate in the 2009 European election.

Due to population growth, Brussels decided to allocate a new seat in the West Midlands region in 2011. The results of the 2009 European elections were used to decide who would have won the additional seat if it had existed then. The result was that it was awarded to McIntyre, though there was some criticism about the ‘undemocratic’ nature of her appointment.

McIntyre has taken particular interest in employment, agriculture and civil liberties during her time at the European Parliament, but will face a stiff challenge to keep her seat as second on the list. We’re currently predicting the Conservatives will only win a single seat, but if the Liberal Democrat vote falls significantly below 10% in the region, due to the unusual voting system, she may stand a chance.

DAN DALTON

Daniel Dalton is a senior policy adviser to the ECR group in the European Parliament in the areas of agriculture, culture, education and sport.

Prior to entering politics, Dan was a professional cricketer and cricket coach who played on many occasions for Warwickshire CCC second X1, Warwickshire Cricket Board as well as for Knowle and Dorridge, Moseley and Leamington in the Birmingham League.

Dan was selected as a candidate for the Conservative West Midlands list for the 2009 European Elections, but failed to win election. Unfortunately, it seems likely that Dalton will suffer the same fate. As third on the list, current polling suggests he won’t be heading to Brussels and Strasbourg on Monday.

The other candidates include:

MICHAEL BURNETT

SIBBY BUCKLE   

DAN SAMES

ALEX AVERN

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