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Wednesday, 11 September, 2002, 17:21 GMT 18:21 UK
'Forgotten' MEP to stand down
Eryl McNally
Eryl McNally MEP said the elections need reform
An MEP is standing down at the next election claiming no-one has "the foggiest idea" who she is.

Eryl McNally said the trouble is that she represents too large an area after boundary changes in 2000.

Ms McNally now represents Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk - which make up the bulk of East Anglia.

Before 2000 she was the Labour member for Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes after beating Edwina Curry in the 1994 election.


I think we probably had to change to a system of proportional representation but unfortunately the worst possible system was chosen

Eryl McNally, Eastern MEP

Ms McNally said: "I can't realistically call myself an accountable local representative in a region of 5.5m people, in six counties with 56 Westminster constituencies, alongside seven other MEPs of different parties.

"The vast majority of electors in the East of England Region don't have the foggiest idea who their MP is and none of us can form the links we had when we each represented a smaller area.

"I think we probably had to change to a system of proportional representation but unfortunately the worst possible system was chosen.

"Most Euro MPs work very hard but the system makes our work impossible to follow for the public.

"It should be changed as soon as possible to one where there are proper manageable constituencies."

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