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Who's standing in the European Elections in the Anglia region

European elections are taking place in the UK on Thursday 23 May 2019. Credit: PA Images

Britain votes to send MEPs to the European Parliament on Thursday 23 May 2019 in an election that was never supposed to happen.

The election is taking place because Britain has delayed its exit from the European Union until October.

UK MEPs are elected by a system of proportional representation in huge super-constituencies which cover several counties. Each constituency has several MEPs depending on the size of the population.

The Anglia region has three constituencies: Eastern, East Midlands and South East.

European elections in Britain are based on party lists and voters select parties or independent candidates on the ballot paper.

The number of candidates elected from each party list depends on the number of votes that party gets under the D'Hondt proportional representation system.

EASTERN REGION - 7 MEPs

Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk

There are eight parties standing for the European Elections in the Eastern region and one Independent.

There are eight parties standing in the Eastern region and one Independent.

  • Change UK The Independent Group
  • Conservative and Unionist Party
  • English Democrats
  • Green Party
  • Labour Party
  • Liberal Democrats
  • The Brexit Party
  • UK Independence Party (UKIP)
  • Attila Csordas - Independent

EAST MIDLANDS - 5 MEPs

Includes Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Rutland and south Lincolnshire

There are eight parties standing for the European Elections in the East Midlands region and one Independent.

There are eight parties standing in the East Midlands region and one Independent.

  • Change UK The Independent Group
  • Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Green Party
  • Independent Network
  • Labour Party
  • Liberal Democrats
  • The Brexit Party
  • UK Independence Party (UKIP)
  • Simon Rood - Independent

SOUTH EAST REGION - 10 MEPs

Includes Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes

There are nine parties standing in the European Elections in the South East region and three Independents.

There are nine parties standing in the East Midlands region and three Independents.

  • Change UK The Independent Group
  • Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Green Party
  • Labour Party
  • Liberal Democrats
  • The Brexit Party
  • The Socialist Party of Great Britain
  • UK European Union Party (UKEUP)
  • UK Independence Party (UKIP)
  • Jason McMahon - Independent
  • David Round - Independent
  • Michael Turberville - Independent

Voting will take place on Thursday 23 May 2019 with polling stations open from 7am until 10 pm.

The votes won't been counted until after 10pm on Sunday 26 May when voting has finished in the rest of Europe.

The new MEPs will take their seats in the European Parliament at the beginning of July if the UK is still a member of the EU.

  • How does the voting work?

Unlike most elections in this country, the European Elections are decided by a form of proportional representation.

Voters put a single cross on the ballot paper and the votes are then totted up.

After that, a simple mathematical formula is used to allocate the seats.

The new MEPs are selected in order off party lists.

The results won't be announced until 10pm on Sunday because we have to wait until all European Union member states have voted.