They want your vote: MEP candidates visit our areas

The Greens in Berkhamsted
The Greens in Berkhamsted

They want your vote, so they’ve been to visit our area.

The European elections will be held on Thursday, and prospective candidates across the nation have been out and about on the campaign trail.

Labour man Richard Howitt in Tring PNL-140520-135918001

Labour man Richard Howitt in Tring PNL-140520-135918001

The public will choose seven people to represent the East of England on the European Parliament – and some of them have visited Dacorum.

Current Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the area Richard Howitt recently visited Save the Children’s shop in Tring High Street.

The Labour man – who is standing for reelection – put his name to the charity’s Manifesto for Children’s Rights, which is supported by 13 children’s organisations across Europe.

He said: “I know from the strength of feeling here amidst the Save the Children staff and volunteers in Tring that the next European Parliament must ensure we put children first.

“How Europe treats its children will determine its future.”

Richard also spoke to voters in Hemel Hempstead on Saturday. Green Party transport spokesman Rupert Read – who is also standing on Thursday – recently visited Berkhamsted.

He went to the town’s railway station and former police station to gather the public’s views on traffic congestion, air pollution, town centre development and other matters.

He said: “I want to bring a transport revolution to the East, centred upon public transport and on reduction of dangerously-high emissions.”

Only two of the seven MEPs who currently represent the East of England, who are both standing for reelection, turned up to a recent hustings event in Hemel Hempstead

Three prospective MEPs were there, meaning that UKIP, the Lib Dems, Labour, the Tories and the Greens were represented.

The East of England vote spans six counties including Herts. MEPs are selected using the d’Hondt method of party list representation. Candidates are not voted for individually in the European elections. Voters instead select the party they would prefer to be represented by.

The region is represented by three Tories, two UKIP members, one Lib Dem and one Labour member now.