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UK WOMEN MEMBERS OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT

The United Kingdom has seventy-two seats in the 732-member European Parliament. Of these twenty-five or 35% are women (as at October 2010). Since 1999 MEPs in Great Britain have been chosen by a regional party list system, while in Northern Ireland MEPs are chosen by single-transferable vote. The last European Parliamentary elections took place in 2009 and saw a rise in the number of British women MEPs from 20 to 25. The ratification of the Lisbon Treaty in December 2009 has introduced changes to the allocation of MEP seats which will be enforced in the 2014 European elections. According to Lisbon, in the future the Council of Ministers will fix the number of MEPs from any country, and the number will be digressively proportional to the number of citizens in the state. In effect, this means that in 2014 there will be an increase in the overall number of seats and a slightly different allocation, both of which scenarios would decrease the UK's number of allocated seats.

Table 1: Current UK women MEPs  (as at 25 October 2010)

Name

Party

Region

First elected

Vicky Ford

Conservative

Eastern

2009

Jacqueline Foster

Conservative

North West

2009

Julie Girling

Conservative

South West

2009

Emma McClarkin

Conservative

South West

2009

Kay Swinburne

Conservative

Wales

2009

Marina Yannakoudakis

Conservative

London

2009

Lambert, Jean

Green

London

1999

Caroline Lucas

Green

South East

1999

Mary Honeyball

Labour

London

2000

Linda McAvan

Labour

Yorkshire & the Humber

1998

Arlene McCarthy

Labour

North West

1994

Catherine Stihler

Labour

Scotland

1999

Glenis Willmott**

Labour

East Midlands

2006

Catherine Beader

Liberal Democrat

South East

2009

Sharon Bowles*

Liberal Democrat

South East England

2005

Fiona Hall

Liberal Democrat

North East

2004

Baroness Ludford

Liberal Democrat

London

1999

Liz Lynne

Liberal Democrat

West Midlands

1999

Diana Wallis**

Liberal Democrat

Yorkshire & the Humber

1999

Bairbre de Brún

Sinn Féin

Northern Ireland

2004

Diane Dodds

DUP

Northern Ireland

2009

Marta Andreasen

UK Independence Party

South East

2009

Nikki Sinclaire

UK Independence Party

West Midlands

2009

Jill Evans

Plaid Cymru

Wales

1999


* Sharon Bowles replaced Chris Huhne in May 2005 after his election to the House of Commons
** Glenis Willmott replaced the late Philip Whitehead in January 2006

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Table 1: UK European election results by gender and party, 2009

Party

Women

Men

% Women

Conservative
6
18
25
Green
2
0
100
Labour
5
8
38
Liberal Democrat
7
5
58
Sinn Fein
1
0
100
Plaid Cymru
1
0
100
DUP
1
0
100
UK Independence Party
2
11
15
Other
0
5
0
TOTAL
25
47
35

 

Table 2: UK European election results by gender and party, 2004

Party

Women

Men

% Women

Conservative

2

25

7

Green

2

0

100

Labour

7

12

37

Liberal Democrat

6

6

50

Sinn Féin

1

0

100

Plaid Cymru

1

0

100

Other

0

16

0

Total

19

59

24

     


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