Greens express thanks to their voters

The East Midlands Green Party has expressed its thanks to the 67000 people across the region who took their message of 'Hope not Hate' to heart and supported them in the European Election.

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UKIP take lead in East Midlands European election

UKIP came top of the European elections in the East Midlands, with 33% of the vote. The Conservatives came second with 26% of the vote and Labour came third with 25%. The Greens (6%) pushed the Liberal Democrats (5%) into fifth place. The Liberal Democrat Bill Newton Dunn has lost his seat and the newly elected MEPs for Glossop are:

Roger Helmer (UKIP)
Andrew Lewer (Conservative)
Emma McClarkin (Conservative)
Margot Parker (UKIP)
Glenis Willmott (Labour)

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Final questions for European election candidates

1. Do you consider the European Parliament to be a legitimate authority? If not will you still attend the parliament, vote and claim salary and expenses?
2. If there is a referendum, will you vote to leave the EU?
3. What European languages can you speak?
4. Would leaving the EU restrict local peoples' right to work elsewhere in Europe?
5. Should we consider global warming a problem that can be tackled?
6. Is there room for Islamophobia and/or racism in your party?

We have asked all candidates to answer the questions and will publish answers as we receive them.

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Last chance to apply for proxy vote in May 22 election

5pm on Wednesday 14th May is the deadline for applying to vote by proxy in the 2014 European Elections. After this date, you may only apply for a proxy vote in an emergency. You can register for a proxy vote at

After this date, you may only apply for a proxy vote in an emergency - these forms are available below.

- See more at: http://www.aboutmyvote.co.uk/register_to_vote/apply_to_vote_by_proxy.aspx#sthash.zehpwxeJ.dpuf

After this date, you may only apply for a proxy vote in an emergency - these forms are available below.

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After this date, you may only apply for a proxy vote in an emergency - these forms are available below.

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http://www.aboutmyvote.co.uk/register_to_vote/apply_to_vote_by_proxy.aspx

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Greens accuse Liberal Democrats of 'misrepresentation'

The East Midlands Green Party has stated that the Liberal Democrats claim to be the only party 'standing up for Britain's membership of the EU' is a misrepresentation.
'The LD's are trying to give the impression that all other parties in this election want to come out of the EU and that only they favour continued membership. This is simply not true', said Kat Boettge, the Greens lead candidate in the East Midlands.

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Full list of candidates for May 22 European Election

The European elections will be held on May 22nd 2014.  Previously we stated that six parties had put forward candidates, but the final list has nine parties and a whopping 41 candidates. 

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Final Questions for Glossop's MEPs 2009-2014

Glossop's MEPs are up for reelection, and we asked them four final questions:
1. After at least 5 years as an MEP, how fluent are you in French, German or other European languages?
2. In the event you are not standing for re-election, or do not get re-elected, how much pension (now or when you reach 63) will you get from the EU per annum? Will you keep it?
3. Do you think the European Parliament should stop meeting in Strasbourg?
4. Which is the nicest city, Brussels or Strasbourg?

Three of the five responded. Of the two who did not reply, Emma McClarkin never answers our questions and Derek Clark is not standing for reelection.  All MEPs who responded agreed that the European Parliament should stop meeting in Strasbourg and none of them were prepared to divulge details of their pensions.

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Questions for Glossop's European Election Candidates 1

Who is standing for the European elections in Glossop? Have they ever been to Glossop and what will they do to make sure that the Glossop electorate know who they are and what they have been up to in Europe? Do they promise not to switch parties after they have been elected (two of our current MEPs have done this in the past) and how can Glossopians get in touch with them? That's the gist of our first set of questions for candidates in the 2014 European Elections. These questions were asked before final nominations, a full list of parties and candidates can be found here.

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Public slanging match between Glossop MEPs over debate challenge

A slanging match between MEPs Bill Newton Dunn (Liberal Democrat) and Roger Helmer (UKIP) broke out on Twitter shortly after the Glossop Gazette had asked Mr Helmer to comment on Mr Newton Dunn's claim that the UKIP MEP had ignored his challenge to a public debate on Europe.

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What Glossop's MEPs think of NASA's take on Global Warming

It's almost spring in Glossop, and overall England and Wales have had the wettest winter in at least 248 years,  according to the Met Office. According to The Independent, scientists think there is a 75% probability that the summer of 2014 will be the hottest on record. Is it global warming or part of a normal stochastic process?
In search of answers we turned to NASA, who have a good reputation for putting science into practise, and asked Glossop's Members of the European Parliament what they thought about it. Read their answers here (except Emma McClarkin's, who has never answered any of our questions).

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List of candidates for the 2014 European Elections in Glossop

The European elections will be held on May 22nd 2014, and six parties have put forward candidates. The Glossop Gazette previously reported that the Borough Council elections would be held at the same time, but we got it wrong - they will be in 2015.  The system for electing members of the European Parliament and/or the electoral boundaries have changed quite often. Between 1979 and 1994 Derbyshire elected a single MEP. In 1994 a Peak District seat was established, and abolished in 1999. Since then the East Midlands as a whole has elected a set of MEPS using the d'Hondt method of party-list proportional representation. Originally there were six East Midlands MEP seats, since 2009 there have been only five. The East Midlands candidates for the 2014 EU elections are:

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