Will you be voting in the 2014 May EU elections, if yes who and if not why?

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Poll: Which party would you vote for in the EU election?
European People's Party (If you could) (2)
4.65%
Party of European Socialist (Labour Party) (10)
23.26%
Alliance of Liberal and Democrats (Liberal Democrats) (2)
4.65%
European Greens (Green Party) (5)
11.63%
Alliance for European Conservatives and Reformers (Conservative Party) (3)
6.98%
Party of European Left (Sinn Féin) (1)
2.33%
Movement for a Europe of Liberties and Democracy (UKIP) (20)
46.51%
None of the above (0)
0%
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Love it or hate it and I suspect most do, the next EU elections could potentially be different this year. For the first time each European party has put forward a candidate, to become the next EU commission President if it wins a majority in the European Parliament.

In order of largest current seats first. Here are the UK parties, the EU party they are part of and its Presidential candidate:

European People's Party*, Jean-Claude Juncker
Labour Party (Party of European Socialists, Martin Schulz)
Liberal Democrats (Alliance of Liberal and Democrats, Guy Verhofstadt)
Green Party (European Green Party, Ska Keller and José Bové)
Conservative Party (Alliance of European Conservatives and Reformists, will not be presenting a candidate)
Sinn Fein (Party of the European Left, Alexis Tsipras)
UKIP (Movement for a Europe of Liberties and Democracy, will not be presenting a candidate)

*The UK Conservatives were part of the European People's party, but left in 2009 and formed the Alliance of European Conservatives and Reformists. So no one in the UK person can vote for the biggest EU party. Way to go David Cameron. :rolleyes:

Which EU/UK party do you to plan to vote for, why and if not why?
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I'd have suggested putting the name of the party first before you put the parliamentary group name; I thought that UKIP had been excluded upon first glance
oh yeah, if you could infer this much "I'm voting UKIP"
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Pardon my knowledge. But one of those people listed will be similar to the UK Prime Minister then?
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UKIP is actually part of the Europe of Freedom and Democracy group formed out of the ELD. By the way, I'm voting UKIP
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I'd have suggested putting the name of the party first before you put the parliamentary group name; I thought that UKIP had been excluded upon first glance
oh yeah, if you could infer this much "I'm voting UKIP"
They're a joke though. They think somehow coming 1st in UK polling will make a difference.
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They think somehow coming 1st in UK polling will make a difference.
that statement of yours is a joke though, saying "victory means nothing" for political parties is a pretty silly idea
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(Original post by Reformed2010)
Love it or hate it and I suspect most do, the next EU elections could potentially be different this year. For the first time each European party has put forward a candidate, to become the next EU commission President if it wins a majority in the European Parliament.

In order of largest current seats first. Here are the UK parties, the EU party they are part of and its Presidential candidate:

European People's Party*, Jean-Claude Juncker
Labour Party (Party of European Socialists, Martin Schulz)
Liberal Democrats (Alliance of Liberal and Democrats, Guy Verhofstadt)
Green Party (European Green Party, Ska Keller and José Bové)
Conservative Party (Alliance of European Conservatives and Reformists, will not be presenting a candidate)
Sinn Fein (Party of the European Left, Alexis Tsipras)
UKIP (Movement for a Europe of Liberties and Democracy, will not be presenting a candidate)

*The UK Conservatives were part of the European People's party, but left in 2009 and formed the Alliance of European Conservatives and Reformists. So no one in the UK person can vote for the biggest EU party. Way to go David Cameron. :rolleyes:

Which EU/UK party do you to plan to vote for, why and if not why?
I tend to think its more important to vote for the group they are in than the national party and so would likely vote for the EPP were there a candidate party. As there is not i will be voting for the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats, primarily because Conservative associations are replacing all their candidates with Euro-skeptics and many of the reforms the CR group want are things the ALD want as well but they are a bigger group.
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The Monster Raving Loony Party if they field candidates in the EU elections, the Greens if not. One of the best things the EU has done is in environmental areas.
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that statement of yours is a joke though, saying "victory means nothing" for political parties is a pretty silly idea
If UKIP poll first in the UK it signals the British public is eurosceptic and we'd likely get a promise by all main parties of a referendum on EU membership. Okay, then what? Tell us something new. It has no real consequence for EU policies. It won't mean anything on a European level, since the european party they are member to in the European parliament won't be coming 1st, 2nd or 3rd. It's the British equivalent of BNP and SNP, who come 4th and 5th in terms of % of votes in the 2010 UK election.
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UKIP
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UKIP.

They are a bit left for me in general, however in this instance I support them and they are the only party that is really pushing for what I want.
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Another UKIP.
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(Original post by Funkinwolf)
If UKIP poll first in the UK it signals the British public is eurosceptic and we'd likely get a promise by all main parties of a referendum on EU membership. Okay, then what? Tell us something new. It has no real consequence for EU policies. It won't mean anything on a European level, since the european party they are member to in the European parliament won't be coming 1st, 2nd or 3rd. It's the British equivalent of BNP and SNP, who come 4th and 5th in terms of % of votes in the 2010 UK election.
you never know - in terms of if UKIP actually did come 1st (e.g. they came 2nd when they weren't even important in 2009) in 2014, that would most likely encourage more people to think that they have a chance in the general election seeing as they can beat the big 3, in addition to the fact that they have beaten the conservatives and labour party in many elections and came 2nd (e.g. eastleigh)
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(Original post by Funkinwolf)
They're a joke though. They think somehow coming 1st in UK polling will make a difference.
I completely agree with you that they're over exaggerating what would happen if they did come first. However if they did win, next time they're debating with any other of the major political parties about Europe they can say the majority of the UK want out and don't want reform or to stay in so they would of won the argument. Also they'll have a stronger case to get into the TV debates for the next general election.

It won't do much on in the EU parliament but I will bolster UKIP in the UK.
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I completely agree with you that they're over exaggerating what would happen if they did come first. However if they did win, next time they're debating with any other of the major political parties about Europe they can say the majority of the UK want out and don't want reform or to stay in so they would of won the argument. Also they'll have a stronger case to get into the TV debates for the next general election.

It won't do much on in the EU parliament but I will bolster UKIP in the UK.
Since they'll be lucky to even breach 30% winning is not really a signal that a majority wish to leave.
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Since they'll be lucky to even breach 30% winning is not really a signal that a majority wish to leave.
I'm sure UKIP will find some statistic to prove them right an the other parties will find statistics to prove them wrong.

If UKIP won by however much of a percentage they could just say in any debate with another major party "we got the most votes so we must be right!" Or something along those lines.
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I would consider Sinn Féin and probably vote for them were I resident in Ireland, but as it is I'll be voting Green over Labour as Labour's second-choice candidate in London is an anti-Catholic bigot whereas I have a lot of respect for Jean Lambert of the Greens, and also liked the open primary they ran to select their Presidential Candidates.
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(Original post by Funkinwolf)
They're a joke though. They think somehow coming 1st in UK polling will make a difference.
The fact that it doesn't make any difference who wins is a convincing argument in favour of UKIP I'd say.
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The fact that it doesn't make any difference who wins is a convincing argument in favour of UKIP I'd say.
It does make a difference who wins, but not every party that polls first in one constituency will win across the whole electorate. That's the result of democracy. On a European level UKIP and their european party are just not popular.

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I completely agree with you that they're over exaggerating what would happen if they did come first. However if they did win, next time they're debating with any other of the major political parties about Europe they can say the majority of the UK want out and don't want reform or to stay in so they would of won the argument. Also they'll have a stronger case to get into the TV debates for the next general election.

It won't do much on in the EU parliament but I will bolster UKIP in the UK.
Why should UKIP be on the Prime Minister TV debates? they don't have one MP, polled less than a million votes in 2010 and Nigel Farage has no chance in hell at being elected as Prime Minister. That's what you get for having a First past the post voting system.
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I would be interested to vote, however in bot Norwich and at home in Surrey (by the border with Hampshire/West Sussex) I have received NO campaign literature, have seen NO politicians campaigning or canvassing for votes and for all the evidence on a personal level, this EU election seems to only be taking place in the heads of UKIP.

It's absolutely no surprise that voter turnout is so low in these elections (and elections in general) when you realise that no one cares enough to campaign, they sit in their offices and hope that people will vote for them anyway because you agree with what the party leader says.
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