Tory candidates launch Euro campaign

HOPEFULS: Tory Euro candidates John Procter and Timothy Kirkhope, at The Press HQ during the campaign launch of their election campaign

HOPEFULS: Tory Euro candidates John Procter and Timothy Kirkhope, at The Press HQ during the campaign launch of their election campaign

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THE Conservative Party in Yorkshire and The Humber has launched its campaign for seats in the European Parliament.

Six candidates are contesting seats for the region in the European elections on May 22, including Timothy Kirkhope, who is currently a Euro MP.

Mr Kirkhope, who visited The Press offices in Walmgate with fellow candidate John Procter on the launch day, said the elections were the most important in a generation, as the people of Yorkshire had their say on Britain's relationship with Europe for the first time since the Eurozone crisis.

"Only the Conservatives have a credible plan to re-shape Britain's relationship with the European Union and to put this to the people in our region in an in-out referendum by the end of 2017," he claimed.

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8:43am Fri 2 May 14

York2000 says...

Is UKIP popular in York? Seems like the Euro elections are a fight between UKIP and the Labour Party according to polls in the national newspapers.
Is UKIP popular in York? Seems like the Euro elections are a fight between UKIP and the Labour Party according to polls in the national newspapers. York2000
  • Score: 4

9:40am Fri 2 May 14

MrsHoney says...

About time, information about candidates has been very poor to say the least. The only info I've had through my door is from UKIP which is a sad state of affairs!! I've even searched online, anybody know where you can find info on individuals? How are you supposed to know who you want to vote for if there's no info??
About time, information about candidates has been very poor to say the least. The only info I've had through my door is from UKIP which is a sad state of affairs!! I've even searched online, anybody know where you can find info on individuals? How are you supposed to know who you want to vote for if there's no info?? MrsHoney
  • Score: 1

9:47am Fri 2 May 14

York2000 says...

MrsHoney - The Press is a Conservative leaning newspaper, but even it has only shown a slight interest in the Conservative candidacy. Wonder if they'll give any more information on the other parties? You're right, the information has been lacking, which probably helps UKIP's cause, if they are the only party making an effort.
MrsHoney - The Press is a Conservative leaning newspaper, but even it has only shown a slight interest in the Conservative candidacy. Wonder if they'll give any more information on the other parties? You're right, the information has been lacking, which probably helps UKIP's cause, if they are the only party making an effort. York2000
  • Score: 2

10:31am Fri 2 May 14

Fat Harry says...

Looks like the Press has nailed its colours firmly to the mast, allowing itself to be used as the backdrop for the Tory campaign.
Looks like the Press has nailed its colours firmly to the mast, allowing itself to be used as the backdrop for the Tory campaign. Fat Harry
  • Score: 1

10:48am Fri 2 May 14

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

I'll only vote for someone who has the courtesy of informing me what they stand for - and only then if i agree with it. So much political campaigning these days is complacent: parties rely on the TV or in the papers. If they want my vote, it's ME they have to canvas. Let's see these people treading the streets!
I'll only vote for someone who has the courtesy of informing me what they stand for - and only then if i agree with it. So much political campaigning these days is complacent: parties rely on the TV or in the papers. If they want my vote, it's ME they have to canvas. Let's see these people treading the streets! Ignatius Lumpopo
  • Score: 2

11:17am Fri 2 May 14

MrsHoney says...

I have to agree Ignatius, it's pretty poor. If they want us to take it seriously they need to put the effort in. Like I said, the only info I've had is a leaflet through the door from UKIP. I expect better than that. I've even put the effort in and searched on-line, I've found a list of candidates but nothing about what they stand for. I'm not voting for someone simply cause they're a Tory, I want some facts on individuals please!! It may be 3 weeks away but they should've started campaining before now. I thought Europe was the buzz word these days, shouldn't we be informed on who might be representing us?!
I have to agree Ignatius, it's pretty poor. If they want us to take it seriously they need to put the effort in. Like I said, the only info I've had is a leaflet through the door from UKIP. I expect better than that. I've even put the effort in and searched on-line, I've found a list of candidates but nothing about what they stand for. I'm not voting for someone simply cause they're a Tory, I want some facts on individuals please!! It may be 3 weeks away but they should've started campaining before now. I thought Europe was the buzz word these days, shouldn't we be informed on who might be representing us?! MrsHoney
  • Score: 2

11:44am Fri 2 May 14

Platform9 says...

Politicians seem to ignore the low turnouts for the polls (someone will get elected regardless of the size of the turnout). Shouldn't they be addressing he issue of why the turnouts are so low - lack of interest in Europe, electorate not knowing what the Euro-MP's do or what the European Pariament does?
Politicians seem to ignore the low turnouts for the polls (someone will get elected regardless of the size of the turnout). Shouldn't they be addressing he issue of why the turnouts are so low - lack of interest in Europe, electorate not knowing what the Euro-MP's do or what the European Pariament does? Platform9
  • Score: -1

11:50am Fri 2 May 14

York2000 says...

Platform9 - Absolutely. I think there's never been more interest in Europe, most of it being negative if you read the newspapers! So I am surprised there hasn't been more from the parties. They really do need to let people know what an MEP does etc.
Platform9 - Absolutely. I think there's never been more interest in Europe, most of it being negative if you read the newspapers! So I am surprised there hasn't been more from the parties. They really do need to let people know what an MEP does etc. York2000
  • Score: 3

1:02pm Fri 2 May 14

Priapus says...

Isn't one of the problems the "Closed List" system. So you vote for a party, rather than an individual. The parties themselves decide who goes on the candidate list for each of the 12 electoral regions. The ones at the top stand the best chance of being elected.
Isn't one of the problems the "Closed List" system. So you vote for a party, rather than an individual. The parties themselves decide who goes on the candidate list for each of the 12 electoral regions. The ones at the top stand the best chance of being elected. Priapus
  • Score: 0

2:28pm Fri 2 May 14

Micklegate says...

Priapus wrote:
Isn't one of the problems the "Closed List" system. So you vote for a party, rather than an individual. The parties themselves decide who goes on the candidate list for each of the 12 electoral regions. The ones at the top stand the best chance of being elected.
You do indeed vote for a party not a person. I would also caution some of those awaiting a knock on the door from their would be MEP that the region is Yorkshire and Humber which is about 5 million people so if they didn't sleep for the next three weeks and spoke to one person per minute no candidate could even then get round more than 0.5% of the people!
[quote][p][bold]Priapus[/bold] wrote: Isn't one of the problems the "Closed List" system. So you vote for a party, rather than an individual. The parties themselves decide who goes on the candidate list for each of the 12 electoral regions. The ones at the top stand the best chance of being elected.[/p][/quote]You do indeed vote for a party not a person. I would also caution some of those awaiting a knock on the door from their would be MEP that the region is Yorkshire and Humber which is about 5 million people so if they didn't sleep for the next three weeks and spoke to one person per minute no candidate could even then get round more than 0.5% of the people! Micklegate
  • Score: 3

2:35pm Fri 2 May 14

MrsHoney says...

Priapus wrote:
Isn't one of the problems the "Closed List" system. So you vote for a party, rather than an individual. The parties themselves decide who goes on the candidate list for each of the 12 electoral regions. The ones at the top stand the best chance of being elected.
I didn't realise that, still, it would be nice to get some information at least about what party policies are. There seem to be a huge number along the lines of UKIP this time. Micklegate, a leaflet through the door would be fine, perhaps that will happen over the coming weeks.
[quote][p][bold]Priapus[/bold] wrote: Isn't one of the problems the "Closed List" system. So you vote for a party, rather than an individual. The parties themselves decide who goes on the candidate list for each of the 12 electoral regions. The ones at the top stand the best chance of being elected.[/p][/quote]I didn't realise that, still, it would be nice to get some information at least about what party policies are. There seem to be a huge number along the lines of UKIP this time. Micklegate, a leaflet through the door would be fine, perhaps that will happen over the coming weeks. MrsHoney
  • Score: 0

4:12pm Fri 2 May 14

Digeorge says...

OK who are these candidates apart from Edward McMillan-Scott (former Conservative), Robert Goodwill, Godfrey Boom (Independent former UKIP) and this one.

Like the comments said above the Press has shown its colours!
OK who are these candidates apart from Edward McMillan-Scott (former Conservative), Robert Goodwill, Godfrey Boom (Independent former UKIP) and this one. Like the comments said above the Press has shown its colours! Digeorge
  • Score: 1

8:31pm Fri 2 May 14

piaggio1 says...

Christ just don.t vote.
It only encourage. S em..admit it .they are all corrupt. You only have to look loclocal.an what a rag tag bunch of chancers they are.
Christ just don.t vote. It only encourage. S em..admit it .they are all corrupt. You only have to look loclocal.an what a rag tag bunch of chancers they are. piaggio1
  • Score: 0

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