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:
|30 June 2017 to Present||John Howarth (Lab)|
|21 November 2016 to Present||Diane James (Ind)|
|19 March 2015 to Present||Janice Atkinson (Ind)|
|1 July 2014 to Present||Ray Finch (UKIP)|
|6 May 2010 to Present||Keith Taylor (Grn)|
|4 June 2009 to Present||Catherine Bearder (LD)|
|10 June 1999 to Present||Richard Ashworth (Con)|
|Nirj Deva (Con)|
|Nigel Farage (UKIP)|
|Daniel Hannan (Con)|
|1 July 2014 to 8 June 2017||Anneliese Dodds|
|1 July 2014 to 21 November 2016||Diane James (Ind)|
|1 July 2014 to 19 March 2015||Janice Atkinson (Ind)|
|22 February 2013 to 1 July 2014||Marta Andreasen|
|12 May 2005 to 1 July 2014||Sharon Bowles|
|10 June 1999 to 1 July 2014||James Elles|
|4 June 2009 to 22 February 2013||Marta Andreasen|
|10 June 1999 to 6 May 2010||Caroline Lucas|
|16 July 2004 to 4 June 2009||Ashley Mote|
|10 June 1999 to 4 June 2009||Emma Nicholson|
|10 June 1999 to 12 May 2005||Chris Huhne|
|10 June 2004 to 16 July 2004||Ashley Mote|
|10 June 1999 to 10 June 2004||Roy Perry|
Elections to the European Parliament
The following elections to the European Parliament have taken place in Medway since 1997: