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Region
 South West  7 seats
 Turnout   27.81%
Parties
   Declared
 Parties  Votes
 received
 MEPs
 elected
 Conservative  434645  4
 Labour  188362  1
 Lib Dem  171498  1
 UK Independence Party  111012  1
 Green  86630  
 Liberal Party  21645  
 Pro Euro Conservative Party 11134  
 BNP  9752  
 Socialist Labour Party  5741  
 Natural Law Party  1968  
 
Candidates
 Labour  Conservative
1. Ford, James Glyn 1. Jackson, Caroline
2. White, Ian 2. Chichester, Giles
3. Mallory, Susan 3. Stockton, Alexander
4. Knight, James 4. Parish, Neil
5. Dewar, Marion 5. Martin, David
6. Shepherd, John 6. Cassidy, Bryan
7. Lisgo, Elizabeth 7. Marland, Paul
 Lib Dem  Green
1. Watson, Graham 1. Taylor, David
2. Teverson, Robin 2. Lawson, Richard
3. Jones, Terrye 3. Pickering, Simon
4. Yates, Paula 4. Proud, Susan
5. Butt-Philip, Alan 5. Soutar, Hamish
6. Beasley, Janice 6. Kambites, Carol
7. Green, Simon 7. Quinnell, Justin
 Pro Euro Conservative Party  UK Independence Party
1. Ayer, Julian 1. Holmes, Michael
2. Daly, Kenneth 2. Booth, Graham
3. McCrum, David 3. Faulkner, Michael
4. Atkinson, Denise 4. Woods, Christopher
5. Aris, Vilma 5. Dickinson, Ronald
6. Taylor, Philip 6. Edwards, Robert
7. Palmer, Derek 7. Eustice, Charles
 Socialist Labour Party  Natural Law Party
1. White, David 1. Griffiths, Mark
2. Ramshaw, Jean 2. Lyons, Francis
3. Hawkins, Robert 3. Nicholas, Cresswell
4. Williams, Paul 4. Hartley, Margot
5. Shorter, Giles 5. Dyball, Thomas
6. Kennedy, Bernard 6. Royse, Lynn
7. Corbett, Brian 7. Bridgehouse, Henry
 BNP  Liberal Party
1. Cowd, Bruce 1. Holmes, Paul
2. Stevens, Donald 2. Morrish, David
3. Parnell, Stephen 3. Handley, Lomand
4. Cavill, Terrance 4. Stephens, Frederick
5. Packer, Barbara 5. Halliwell, Geoffrey
6. Hart, Peter 6. Pollock, Jean
7. Jeffrey, George 7. Collins, Roy
 = Candidate elected
Description

Comprising the 51 parliamentary constituencies in the counties of Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire together with the unitary authorities of Bath and North East Somerset, Bournemouth, Bristol, North Somerset, Plymouth, Poole, South Gloucestershire, Torbay and Swindon, and the Isles of Scilly.

At the 1997 general election the Conservatives won 22 seats, Labour 15 and the Liberal Democrats 14.

The South West has developed its own style of party competition. Here Labour came third in the popular vote in 1992, 1994 and 1997, with the challenge to the Tories coming from the Liberal Democrats.

Of course Labour has its own urban strongholds, but outside the cities the party often plays a minor role. The swing from Conservative to Labour at the 1997 general election was below average at 9%.

The Liberal Democrats 'broke through' in the region by winning their first ever European Parliament seats, despite the handicap of the electoral system, in 1994.




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