We currently have 3 Tory, 2 UKIP and 1 Liberal Democrat MEP in our region. Labour narrowly lost our only MEP in the elections 5 years ago in 2009, when we did disastrously across the country as a whole. So we have high hopes of winning a seat back this time and our top candidate, Clare Moody, would make an excellent MEP.
Because of the regional list system, a party needs to win a reasonable overall percentage of the votes to secure an MEP. Based on current regional and national opinion polls, the Liberal Democrats could well lose their only SW MEP. UKIP could well gain a seat from the Tories. Labour is the only progressive, pro European Party, that has a chance of actually gaining a seat. The reason this matters is that if progressive people vote for one of the other smaller parties rather than Labour, the result could be a region represented only by Tory and UKIP MEPs. That would be a nightmare scenario, not least because of the importance of EU support for our region, particularly the massive economic help that Cornwall receives.