The position left vacant by the death of East Midlands MEP Philip Whitehead is to be filled without a by-election.
Mr Whitehead was re-elected East Midlands MEP in June 2004
For European elections, all parties have a list of candidates and posts are allocated according to the party's share of the vote.
Mr Whitehead, who died suddenly at the age of 68 on New Year's Eve, was the only Labour MEP in the region.
His successor is Glenis Willmott, a regional official for the GMB union based in Derby.
Mr Whitehead, 68, a former chairman of the European Parliamentary Labour Party, was re-elected East Midlands MEP in June 2004.