The European Parliament is the directly-elected parliamentary institution of the European Union. It shares its legislative function with the Council of the European Union (composed of government ministers of the 28 member states) and the European Commission (composed of 28 commissioners appointed by each of the member states). The European Parliament cannot propose its own legislation, but in most cases shares equal legislative and budgetary powers with the Council of the European Union and holds the European Commission to account (in particular, by approving appointments, electing the President of the Commission and possessing the initiative to force the Commission to resign).
The 28 member states elect 751 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs). There is no universal voting system, with each member state being allowed to choose its own proportional method. Most member states constitute a single constituency, but are free to divide their area up if it will not have an adverse affect on the proportional nature of the election. The United Kingdom elects 73 MEPs across 12 constituencies using the "d'Hondt method" of party list proportional representation.
Candidates will usually stand under their national political party, but, if elected, must sit with one of the authorised political groups or as an unattached member (known as a non-inscrit). MEPs from the same UK party usually sit within the same politicl group, unless they decide (or are asked) to sit as a non-inscrit.
Following the UK's decision to Leave the European Union on 23 June 2016, it is likely that the EU Parliament elections held on 22 May 2014 will have been the last time the people of Medway vote in a European election. This page will be updated accordingly following the UK's official exit from the EU.
Members of the European Parliament
Medway forms part of the South East England Constituency, which is currently represented in the European Parliament by ten Members of the European Parliament (MEPs). Since 1999, the MEPs have been:
|John Howarth||30 Jun 2017 -|
|Diane James||21 Nov 2016 -|
|Janice Atkinson||19 Mar 2015 -|
|Ray Finch||1 Jul 2014 -|
|Keith Taylor||6 May 2010 -|
|Catherine Bearder||4 Jun 2009 -|
|Richard Ashworth||10 Jun 1999 -|
|Nirj Deva||10 Jun 1999 -|
|Nigel Farage||10 Jun 1999 -|
|Daniel Hannan||10 Jun 1999 -|
|Anneliese Dodds||1 Jul 2014 - 8 Jun 2017|
|Diane James||1 Jul 2014 - 21 Nov 2016|
|Janice Atkinson||1 Jul 2014 - 19 Mar 2015|
|Marta Andreasen||22 Feb 2013 - 1 Jul 2014|
|Sharon Bowles||12 May 2005 - 1 Jul 2014|
|James Elles||10 Jun 1999 - 1 Jul 2014|
|Peter Skinner||10 Jun 1999 - 1 Jul 2014|
|Marta Andreasen||4 Jun 2009 - 22 Feb 2013|
|Caroline Lucas||10 Jun 1999 - 6 May 2010|
|Ashley Mote||16 Jul 2004 - 4 Jun 2009|
|Emma Nicholson||10 Jun 1999 - 4 Jun 2009|
|Chris Huhne||10 Jun 1999 - 12 May 2005|
|Ashley Mote||10 Jun 2004 - 16 Jul 2004|
|Roy Perry||10 Jun 1999 - 10 Jun 2004|
|James Provan||10 Jun 1999 - 10 Jun 2004|
|Mark Watts||10 Jun 1999 - 10 Jun 2004|
To see who represented Medway in the European Parliament before 1999, please go here.
Elections to the European Parliament
The following elections have taken place in Medway since 1999:
|European election||22 May 2014|
|European election||4 June 2009|
|European election||10 June 2004|
|European election||10 June 1999|
To see historical results for elections before 1999, please go here.