European Election All-party Hustings
Leeds Civic Hall, 18 May 2019 at 1.30pm

It is now almost certain that the UK will be participating in the European Parliamentary elections, scheduled to take place on Thursday, 23 May 2019.

With the Brexit question still unresolved, these are set to be the most significant EU elections yet to take place in the UK.  What will the policies of each of the parties be going into these elections?  How should people vote to achieve the best possible outcome?

To help us to answer these questions, we have invited one candidate from each of the parties that are fighting the election in the Yorkshire & The Humber region to come and address a hustings meeting to be held on the last Saturday before election day.

To date, Labour, the Conservatives, the Liberal Democrats, the Green Party, Change UK, the Yorkshire Party and the English Democrats have confirmed that they will be sending candidates to represent their parties at this must-see event.  UKIP will also be sending a representative.

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The Participating Candidates

Richard Corbett - Labour
Position No. 1 on party list
Richard Corbett is currently an MEP, having been elected to represent Yorkshire & The Humber in the 2014 European Parliamentary Elections.  He had previously been an MEP for our region from 1999 to 2009.  Before that, he had represented Merseyside West.  He was elected leader of the European Parliamentary Labour Party in 2017 and serves on the National Executive Committee of the UK Labour Party.
John Procter - Conservative
Position No. 1 on party list
John Procter has been an MEP since 2016, when he was appointed to replace Timothy Kirkhope when he left the European Parliament to join the House of Lords.  Born in Leeds, John Procter served as a member of Leeds City Council, representing the Wetherby ward from 1992 to 2017.  He was Deputy Leader of the Conservativve group on the council before he left it.
Shaffaq Mohammed MBE - Liberal Democrat
Position No. 1 on party list
Shaffaq Mohammed is currently Leader of the Liberal Democrat group on Sheffield City Council.  He was first elected as a councillor for the Eccleshall ward in 2004 and served on the cabinet when the Liberal Democrats controlled the council from 2008 to 2011.  He was awarded an MBE in 2016 for political services in local government.
Magid Magid - Green
Position No. 1 on party list
Somalian-born Magid Magid was elected to Sheffield City Council in 2016, representing Broomhill & Sharrow Vale ward.  In 2018 he became the council's youngest ever Lord Mayor and the first ever Green to hold that position.  He stood down as councillor in May 2019 in order to concentrate on other interests, including contesting the European Parliamentary elections.
Diana Wallis - Change UK / The Independent Group
Position No. 1 on party list
Diana Wallis is a former MEP and Vice President of the European Parliament. She was first elected to the European Parliament, representing Yorkshire & The Humber, in 1999.  She was re-elected in 2004 and 2009 before she stood down in 2012.  Prior to that she was elected to Humberside County Council and East Riding Unitary Authority.  Diana is currently a part-time lecturer in law at Hull University.
Bob Buxton - Yorkshire Party
Position No. 5 on party list
Bob Buxton joined the Yorkshire Party in 2014 and has stood in two General Elections and three local elections.  He has won a seat on Rawdon Parish Council.  He is the Yorkshire Party's Transport Spokesperson and a member of the party's Executive Committee.
David Allen - English Democrats
Position No. 1 on party list
David Allen was English Democrat's candidate in the South Yorkshire mayoral election of 2018.  Previously he had stood as the party's candidate to be South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner.
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The Failure of the 2016 Referendum
An analysis by Michael Meadowcroft

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'Continual reference is made in parliament and elsewhere to the result of the June 2016 referendum on membership of the EU as being “the will of the people” and that the “result of the referendum has to be respected”.  It is even suggested that it would be a denial of democracy not to enact the referendum result.  Based on this, some of the 450 Members of Parliament who have previously voted for remaining within the EU have even voted in parliament against their deeply held conviction that the United Kingdom should be member of the EU.
 
Whatever else the referendum was, it was certainly not a decisive public vote on the question set out on the ballot paper and it was clearly not an untrammelled decision by electors on objective arguments put before them within the legal limitations of the Act governing the referendum.  Even the claim that it was the highest vote cast in any British election is flawed.  The turnout was 72.2% - ie 5.5% lower than at the 1992 general election and a huge 12% lower than at the 1950 general election.  Even the total vote of 17.4 million votes cast for Leave was barely 41,000 higher than the vote at the 1975 referendum on the EU, when there were six million fewer electors on the register.'
In this important and carefully researched article, former Liberal MP and current Leeds for Europe committee member, Michael Meadowcroft, explains how the 2016 EU referendum was fundamentally flawed.  He argues that our MP's are failing in their duty if they hide behind the referendum result and so fail to exercise their judgement on this crucial issue.

You can download the full article here.
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How we began

Leeds for Europe was founded in 2016 following the result of the June European Union referendum.  We began life as a Facebook group but since then we have grown into an active political campaigning organisation with several hundred supporters across Yorkshire and the rest of the world. 

We are not connected to any political parties, but we are proud to be affiliated to both Britain for Europe and the European Movement. 

Our Affiliations​
We are not connected to any political parties, but we are proud to be affiliated to both
Britain for Europe and the European Movement.​​​
Britain for Europe is the umbrella organisation for the various local groups like Leeds for Europe.  Very much a grass roots organisation, Britain for Europe provides a forum for uniting all of the activists who, like us, are working to put a complete stop to Brexit at the earliest possible moment.
Founded just after World War II, the European Movement is an independent, cross-party, non-governmental organisation.  It is centred upon fostering peace and cooperation with our European neighbours and partners. Now, following the 2016 EU Referendum the European Movement has turned its attention to fighting plans to exit the EU. 
What are we trying to achieve? 
On the 23rd of June 37% of the British electorate voted to leave the European Union in an advisory referendum. 

During the campaign the Leave side repeatedly suggested that Britain could leave the EU without sacrificing the key benefits of membership. In essence, Britain could have its cake and eat it.  

Since the referendum the May government has made it clear that Britain will leave both the single market, the world's largest market place with over 500 million consumers, and the customs union. It is now obvious that the promises made during the election campaign will not be kept. 

Now that we know something about what kind of Brexit the government intends, we believe that the people should again be able to choose whether they wish to continue as members of the European Union or choose the course of hard Brexit the government has chosen for the country. 

Why Do We Need The EU?

Peace

Europe has been plagued by war for centuries.  European powers in the past sought to pursue their own self interests in a deadly game of alliances and rivalries that frequently broke out into open warfare.

Since the European Economic Community (the fore-runner of the EU) was founded in 1957 there has not been a single armed conflict between member states, this represents the longest period of peace in Europe's history. 

Shared Challenges

The modern era has seen a huge increase in the population of Europe.

Resources that were once abundant are now scarce. Fish stocks are one such example.

Fish do not respect international borders. The over-fishing of grounds in one country's waters affects the fishing industry in another's. Therefore, there is a need for a body to legislate in the common interest and not the narrow interests of one state. The EU serves that function. 

Shared Values

All member states of the European Union are democratic and share the common values of freedom and justice. The European Union through its relations with countries promotes these values both in Europe and across the globe.

Collective strength

The collective bargaining power of the European Union is enormous. It comprises the world's largest market of over 500 million wealthy consumers. The EU has developed an extensive network of trading relationships with more than 50 countries across the globe.