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European Parliamentary Elections Act 2002

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Number of MEPs for each region

4(1)Each registration officer is to notify the Secretary of State, by 28th May in each pre-election year, of the number of persons whose names appear, on 1st May in that year, in any relevant register maintained by him.

(2)As soon as possible after 1st May in each pre-election year the Secretary of State must—

(a)consider, in relation to each electoral region in England, the number of persons whose names appear on that date in (or in part of) any relevant register which relates to the region,

(b)consider whether the ratio of such persons to MEPs is as nearly as possible the same for every such region, and

(c)make by order such amendments of column (3) of the Table as he considers necessary to ensure that result.

(3)For the purposes of sub-paragraphs (1) and (2) there is to be disregarded any person who—

(a)is registered only for the purposes of local government elections, and

(b)is a citizen of the European Union but not a Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of the Republic of Ireland.

(4)An order under sub-paragraph (2) must not alter the total number of MEPs to be elected for the electoral regions in England.

(5)In this paragraph “pre-election year” means any year after 2002 which immediately precedes a year in which general elections would be held in accordance with Article 10(2) of the Act annexed to Council Decision 76/787.

(6)For the purposes of this paragraph the relevant registers are—

(a)a register of parliamentary electors;

(b)a register of local government electors;

(c)a register of peers maintained under section 3 of the Representation of the People Act 1985 (c. 50) (peers resident outside the United Kingdom);

(d)a register maintained under regulation 5 of the European Parliamentary Elections (Franchise of Relevant Citizens of the Union) Regulations 2001 (S.I.2001/1184) (citizens of the European Union other than Commonwealth and Republic of Ireland citizens).

TABLE

(1)(2)(3)
Name of RegionArea IncludedNumber of MEPs
East Midlands

County of Derby

County of Derbyshire

County of Leicester

County of Leicestershire

County of Lincolnshire

County of Northamptonshire

County of Nottingham

County of Nottinghamshire

County of Rutland

6
Eastern

County of Bedfordshire

County of Cambridgeshire

County of Essex

County of Hertfordshire

County of Luton

County of Norfolk

County of Peterborough

County of Southend-on-Sea

County of Suffolk

County of Thurrock

8
LondonGreater London10
North East

County of Darlington

County of Durham

County of Hartlepool

County of Middlesbrough

County of Northumberland

County of Redcar and Cleveland

County of Stockton-on-Tees

County of Tyne and Wear

4
North West

County of Blackburn with Darwen

County of Blackpool

County of Cheshire

County of Cumbria

County of Greater Manchester

County of Halton

County of Lancashire

County of Merseyside

County of Warrington

10
South East

County of Berkshire

County of Brighton and Hove

County of Buckinghamshire

County of East Sussex

County of Hampshire

County of Isle of Wight

County of Kent

County of the Medway Towns

County of Milton Keynes

County of Oxfordshire

County of Portsmouth

County of Southampton

County of Surrey

County of West Sussex

11
South West

County of Bath and North East Somerset

County of Bournemouth

County of the City of Bristol

County of Cornwall

County of Devon

County of Dorset

County of Gloucestershire

County of North Somerset

County of Plymouth

County of Poole

County of Somerset

County of South Gloucestershire

County of Swindon

County of Torbay

County of Wiltshire

Isles of Scilly

7
West Midlands

County of Herefordshire

County of Shropshire

County of Staffordshire

County of Stoke-on-Trent

County of Telford and Wrekin

County of Warwickshire

County of West Midlands

County of Worcestershire

8
Yorkshire and the Humber

County of the City of Kingston upon Hull

County of the East Riding of Yorkshire

County of North East Lincolnshire

County of North Lincolnshire

County of North Yorkshire

County of South Yorkshire

County of West Yorkshire

County of York

7

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