The European elections on May 23rd are fast approaching and it has now been confirmed that the UK will be electing MEPs (members of the European Parliament), after it was initially thought Britain would have left the EU two months ago.

The European Parliament creates laws and approves budgets for the European Union, and is made up of elected members from all 28 member states. Currently, the European Parliament is made up of 751 MEPs, with 73 of these coming from the UK. Parties from across Europe work together in separate groups, based on ideology, to pass legislation.

EU elections have a different voting system to other elections held in the UK. In the Scotland, Wales and England, MEPs are elected using the D’Hondt method, a voting method which is more proportional than first-past-the-post.

Voters cast their ballot for a party, rather than an individual candidate, with candidates running on a party list.

This video from the BBC’s EU election coverage in 2009 explains how the D’Hondt method works.

London elects eight of the UK’s 73 MEPs and covers the entire Greater London region. At the last EU election, South East England elected 4 Labour MEPs, 2 Conservatives, 1 UKIP, and 1 Green.


Animal Welfare Party

  1. Vanessa Hudson
  2. Jane Smith
  3. Sam Morland
  4. Ranjan Joshi
  5. Mina de Rui
  6. Jonathan Homan

Brexit Party

  1. Benyamin Habib
  2. Lance Forman
  3. Graham Shore
  4. Alka Sehgal Cuthbert
  5. Jimi Ogunnusi
  6. Simon Marcus
  7. Mehrtash A’zami
  8. Aileen Quinton

Change UK

  1. Gavin Esler
  2. Jan Vincent-Rostowski
  3. Carole Tongue
  4. Annabelle Mullin
  5. Karen Newman
  6. Nora Mulready
  7. Jessica Simor
  8. Hasseeb Ur-Rehman

Conservative Party

  1. Syed Kamall
  2. Charles Tannock
  3. Joy Morrissey
  4. Timothy Barnes
  5. Scott Pattenden
  6. Attic Rahman
  7. Kirsty Finlayson
  8. Luke Parker

Green Party

  1. Scott Aisline
  2. Gulnar Hasnain
  3. Shahrar Ali
  4. Rachel Collinson
  5. Eleanor Margolies
  6. Remo van der Stoep
  7. Kirsten De Keyser
  8. Peter Underwood


  • Daze Aghaji


  • Roger Hallam


  • Alan Kirby


  • Kofi Mawuli Klu


  • Zoe Delemere Lafferty


  • Claudia McDowell


  • Andrew Medhurst


  • Henry Muss


  • Mike Shad


  • Ian Sowden


  • Andrea Venzon

Labour Party

  1. Claude Moraes
  2. Seb Dance
  3. Katy Clark
  4. Laura Parker
  5. Murad Qureishi
  6. Taranjit Chana
  7. James Beckles
  8. Sanchia Alasia

Liberal Democrats

  1. Irina Von Wiese
  2. Dinesh Dhamija
  3. Luisa Porritt
  4. Jonathan Fryer
  5. Hussain Khan
  6. Helen Cross
  7. Graham Colley
  8. Rabina Khan

UK European Union Party

  1. Pierre Kirk
  2. Richard Stevens
  3. Saleyha Ahsan
  4. Anna Novikova
  5. Angela Antetomaso
  6. Richard Boardman


  1. Gerard Batten
  2. Richard Braine
  3. Pete Muswell
  4. Freddy Vachha
  5. Peter McIlvenna
  6. Robert Stephenson
  7. John Poynton
  8. Ronie Johnson

Women’s Equality Party

  1. Catherine Mayer
  2. Bea Gare
  3. Nanci Hogan
  4. Aliyah Dunbar-Hussain
  5. Hannah Barham-Brown
  6. Alison Marshall
  7. Olivia Vincenti
  8. Leyla Mohan