Britain is better off in Europe, a social Europe.
Thanks to the European Parliament we have workers’ rights, strong consumer guarantees and health and safety protection. We have access to the world’s largest single market. Companies invest in our area and create local jobs because we are in the EU and they can access more than 500 million consumers, as well as share research and development across Europe.
Whilst Tories and UKIP want to isolate Britain, being part of the EU means we better can tackle cross border crime, have a stronger voice on the world stage, can help tackle poverty and climate change, and protect our environment.
The business community backs Britain in Europe. The unions back Britain in Europe. They both know Britain is better off in Europe through investment, jobs and R&D. Our local firms benefit from cross-European collaboration, such as Bristol’s Airbus.
Our farming community benefits from the Common Agricultural Policy subsidy, and fields are harvested with migrant as well as local labour.
Our region has benefited from regeneration funding to help our economies cope with change.
British workers benefit from the opportunity to work in other parts of Europe, just as skilled people come to Britain for jobs, not benefit. Europe’s free movement of labour, capital and people is a strength for our communities and our jobs.
The European Union might not be perfect, and reform is needed. But Labour in Europe works for fairness, our rights, our jobs, our environment.
Every vote counts regardless of where you live as the six seats are distributed according to the share of the vote received by each Party across the region.
Labour wants an EU that stands up for fairness; an EU that levels the playing field against global companies that avoid tax and undercut other companies trying to invest in their workforce; an EU that tackles climate change and pollution; and an EU that protects and promotes consumer interests.
Claire Moody MEP
Labour’s CLAIRE MOODY is our MEP for South West England
On May 22nd 2014 the most recent elections were held for the European Parliament. The UK returns 73 members and Somerset is part of the South West England constituency which elects 6 members by Proportional Representation. This means that Parties put forward their candidates in order of preference and voters vote for a party. The seats are allocated proportionally according to the votes cast per party. You can follow the Socialist group in Europe, of which Labour MEPs form a part, on this website.
Whilst UKIP and the Tories have secured two MEPs each in the South West. Labour and the Greens got one each.The six MEPs representing the South West on the European Parliament are William Dartmouth (UKIP), Julia Reid (UKIP), Ashley Fox (Con), Julie Girling (Con), Claire Moody (Lab) and Molly Cato Scott (Green).
Across the South West, UKIP got 484,184 votes, Conservatives 433,151, Labour 206,124, Green Party 166,447 and the Lib Dems 160,376.
The result meant the Lib Dems lost their one MEP, Sir Graham Watson and the Greens have their first MEP in the South West..
UKIP won in 24 of the 38 areas, including in Cornwall, Torbay, North Devon, and the Scillies.