Change UK and the Brexit Party join established parties on ballot for eastern region’s EU elections
Change UK and the Brexit Party are entering a full roster of seven candidates for next week’s European elections in ‘eastern region’.
The newly-formed parties join Labour, Lib Dem, Conservative, UKIP, Green, English Democrat and independent parties on the ballot paper for the vote on Thursday, May 23.
West Suffolk Council has made arrangements following the government’s announcement for the election to go ahead, despite the UK being set to leave the European Union.
There are seven seats available, with the Conservatives winning three, UKIP winning three and Labour winning one in 2014.
Patrick O'Flynn, who won a seat for UKIP in 2014, has since left to represent the Social Democratic Party. Fellow former UKIP MEP Tim Aker now represents the Brexit Party, having also represented Thurrock Independents.
The 'eastern' region for European elections was formed in 1999. Here is how many seats parties have won in elections since then.
Each party can name up to seven candidates they want to see elected. Electors cast a single vote for their party of choice.
Candidates are allocated seats according to the proportion of the votes cast. This means if a party secures almost a complete share of the vote, all seven candidates could be elected.
But if, as expected, the vote is split, parties will give seats to candidates in the order they appear on the ballot paper.
All 131 polling stations in west Suffolk will be open from 7am to 10pm.
Barbara Ann Gibson
Lucy Kathleen Nethsingha
Michelle de Vries
Geoffrey Charles Van Orden
John Christopher Flack
The Brexit Party