Voters don't know who their MEPs are

Voters don't know who their MEPs are

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DO YOU recognise any of these faces? If you don’t you are not alone.

The Dorset Echo headed out into the streets of Weymouth and Dorchester last week and asked dozens of residents if they could identify the people in the pictures.

Not a single person we asked could name any of these individuals who are the current MEPs representing the people of Dorset.

No one could name any of their representatives in Strasbourg and Brussels and the majority said they had little or no interest in European politics.

The surprising result, showing the people of Weymouth and Dorchester do not know their MEPs, comes ahead of polling day tomorrow when residents will be asked to vote for the next batch of representatives for European Parliament.

Forty-eight candidates under eight separate party banners will contest the South West’s European Parliament seats tomorrow.

The region, which includes Dorset, covers an area stretching from Gloucestershire in the north to Wiltshire in the east to Cornwall in the west, plus Gibraltar.

A total of six seats are up for grabs. Each party is entitled to put up six candidates, and MEPs are allocated according to the share of the vote the party secures.

In 2009, the Conservatives secured 30 per cent of the South West vote, returning three MEPs. UKIP won two seats and the Lib Dems one. The region, which includes Gibraltar, returns six MEPs to Brussels.

HOW MANY OF OUR MEPs DID YOU RECOGNISE?
They are: 1 Giles Chichester, 2 Trevor Colman, 3 Sir Graham Watson, 4 Julie Girling, 5 William (The Earl of) Dartmouth and 6 Ashley Fox

WE ASKED the same people we surveyed if they thought the European Parliament elections mattered to them.

Barbara Smart, from Weymouth, said: “I don’t know any of those people, but I will vote because it’s a good chance to show the government what the public think.”

Pippa Horton, from Beaminster, said: “I usually vote but I’ll probably only get round to it this year if it’s on the way home from work. To be honest I don’t know much at all this year about the candidates or the elections and there’s not that much on the news about it. I think it’s more important to vote in the general election.”

Bob Brewer, from Dorchester, said. “I don’t have a clue who any of those people are but I’ll probably vote. You should at least vote in the general election because if you don’t vote you can’t have a say on things.”

Dorchester teen Fern Matthews said: “I will vote because I’ve just turned 18 and it’s my first election season. If I don’t vote I can’t complain about things, so it’s important.”

Paul Ackerman, from Dorchester, said: “I’m planning to vote because it’s important if you want to change things, but I couldn’t tell you who any of those people are.”

Beaminster resident Kevin Ecclesley said: “I might vote and I might not. It’s a bit of a waste of time because no-one in power listens to the public.”

David Whiddett, from Weymouth, said: “I have already voted because it’s important to decide whether we are part of the EU or not. I think the current candidates haven’t done a good job of letting people know their policies or discussing the elections.”

Sharon Brooks, from Dorchester, said: “I have no idea who any of those people are. I certainly haven’t seen any of them out on the streets campaigning. I am planning to vote because it’s up to us to do what’s right for our country by taking part and making sure we have a say.”

Cherylynne Saunders, from Dorchester, said: “It is important to vote to make sure you have your say, but I don’t recognise any of them.”

Geoff Mercer, from Dorchester, said: “I’m planning to vote because otherwise it gives the wrong party a chance to get in and they’ll take us out of the EU, which would be bad for jobs.”

Annie Wait, from Weymouth, said: “No, I don’t know who they are. It’s important to vote because otherwise you haven’t got a chance to complain about the way things are being run.”

Julie Sherred, from Weymouth, said: “I watch Newsnight and Question Time and am interested in politics but I haven’t had a single leaflet through my door or seen any of the candidates campaigning. I will probably vote, but not for any of the mainstream parties.”

Jill Hughes, from Weymouth, said: “It says a lot that so many people don’t know who their current MEPs are.

“I haven’t met anyone or had anything in the post this year either so I might not vote.”

Eileen Hilton, from Weymouth, said: “I think one of them is in politics but I couldn’t say what his name is.

“Are the rest of them on television?

“No one came to have a chat with us so I haven’t had a chance to get to know more about their policies.”

Polling day is this Thursday, May 22 and residents can vote between 7am and 10pm.

Results will be announced on the evening of Sunday, May 25.

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8:36am Wed 21 May 14

marabout says...

Why do we need to know the name of our MEP ? Why do we need to know the name of our MP?

As long as we have one then who cares what their name is ?
Why do we need to know the name of our MEP ? Why do we need to know the name of our MP? As long as we have one then who cares what their name is ? marabout
  • Score: -3

9:04am Wed 21 May 14

Preston North End says...

The last one's Humpty Dumpty. What do I win?
The last one's Humpty Dumpty. What do I win? Preston North End
  • Score: -1

10:04am Wed 21 May 14

annotater says...

If the party that they support is not on the polling card, I won't vote as I will have no idea who is who.
If the party that they support is not on the polling card, I won't vote as I will have no idea who is who. annotater
  • Score: 0

11:03am Wed 21 May 14

MrTomSmith says...

Vote UKIP and we won't have to worry about it for much longer will we. It is a fair point though we don't know one from another and why is that, because they can't be bothered to come round and introduce themselves. So when the turn out is about 30% they can hardly come bleating back to us.
Vote UKIP and we won't have to worry about it for much longer will we. It is a fair point though we don't know one from another and why is that, because they can't be bothered to come round and introduce themselves. So when the turn out is about 30% they can hardly come bleating back to us. MrTomSmith
  • Score: 3

3:05pm Wed 21 May 14

cosmick says...

Fancy asking the sellers of the big ISSUE, and the men at the car wash.
Fancy asking the sellers of the big ISSUE, and the men at the car wash. cosmick
  • Score: -1

3:46pm Wed 21 May 14

MrTomSmith says...

I see the Anti UKIP key board warriors have been out and about all over social media today...............
........too late, far too late.
I see the Anti UKIP key board warriors have been out and about all over social media today............... ........too late, far too late. MrTomSmith
  • Score: 4

3:47pm Wed 21 May 14

woodsedge says...

cosmick wrote:
Fancy asking the sellers of the big ISSUE, and the men at the car wash.
Is that another UKIP dig at immigrants?
[quote][p][bold]cosmick[/bold] wrote: Fancy asking the sellers of the big ISSUE, and the men at the car wash.[/p][/quote]Is that another UKIP dig at immigrants? woodsedge
  • Score: -4

4:52pm Wed 21 May 14

Bert Fry says...

woodsedge wrote:
cosmick wrote:
Fancy asking the sellers of the big ISSUE, and the men at the car wash.
Is that another UKIP dig at immigrants?
Of course it is. There are loads of local workers forced out of a job at the local car wash.

Or did I just make that up?
[quote][p][bold]woodsedge[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cosmick[/bold] wrote: Fancy asking the sellers of the big ISSUE, and the men at the car wash.[/p][/quote]Is that another UKIP dig at immigrants?[/p][/quote]Of course it is. There are loads of local workers forced out of a job at the local car wash. Or did I just make that up? Bert Fry
  • Score: -1

6:18pm Wed 21 May 14

cj07589 says...

Bert Fry wrote:
woodsedge wrote:
cosmick wrote: Fancy asking the sellers of the big ISSUE, and the men at the car wash.
Is that another UKIP dig at immigrants?
Of course it is. There are loads of local workers forced out of a job at the local car wash. Or did I just make that up?
Big deal grow up you pair of half wits I'm a immigrant and voting UKIP so put that in your democracy hating pipes.
[quote][p][bold]Bert Fry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]woodsedge[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cosmick[/bold] wrote: Fancy asking the sellers of the big ISSUE, and the men at the car wash.[/p][/quote]Is that another UKIP dig at immigrants?[/p][/quote]Of course it is. There are loads of local workers forced out of a job at the local car wash. Or did I just make that up?[/p][/quote]Big deal grow up you pair of half wits I'm a immigrant and voting UKIP so put that in your democracy hating pipes. cj07589
  • Score: 6

6:28pm Wed 21 May 14

woodsedge says...

cj07589 wrote:
Bert Fry wrote:
woodsedge wrote:
cosmick wrote: Fancy asking the sellers of the big ISSUE, and the men at the car wash.
Is that another UKIP dig at immigrants?
Of course it is. There are loads of local workers forced out of a job at the local car wash. Or did I just make that up?
Big deal grow up you pair of half wits I'm a immigrant and voting UKIP so put that in your democracy hating pipes.
Watch that blood pressure mr angry!
[quote][p][bold]cj07589[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bert Fry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]woodsedge[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cosmick[/bold] wrote: Fancy asking the sellers of the big ISSUE, and the men at the car wash.[/p][/quote]Is that another UKIP dig at immigrants?[/p][/quote]Of course it is. There are loads of local workers forced out of a job at the local car wash. Or did I just make that up?[/p][/quote]Big deal grow up you pair of half wits I'm a immigrant and voting UKIP so put that in your democracy hating pipes.[/p][/quote]Watch that blood pressure mr angry! woodsedge
  • Score: -6

6:45pm Wed 21 May 14

cj07589 says...

woodsedge wrote:
cj07589 wrote:
Bert Fry wrote:
woodsedge wrote:
cosmick wrote: Fancy asking the sellers of the big ISSUE, and the men at the car wash.
Is that another UKIP dig at immigrants?
Of course it is. There are loads of local workers forced out of a job at the local car wash. Or did I just make that up?
Big deal grow up you pair of half wits I'm a immigrant and voting UKIP so put that in your democracy hating pipes.
Watch that blood pressure mr angry!
Just goes to show what a pair of plonkers you are. The fact that as a immigrant I now have unlimited access to free health care with finite resourcing, free housing and have also deprived a Brit of an employment opportunity yet according to you that's absolutely perfectly fine. So happy days thank goodness for the stupidity of the liberal lefties keep up the great work. :-)
[quote][p][bold]woodsedge[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cj07589[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bert Fry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]woodsedge[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cosmick[/bold] wrote: Fancy asking the sellers of the big ISSUE, and the men at the car wash.[/p][/quote]Is that another UKIP dig at immigrants?[/p][/quote]Of course it is. There are loads of local workers forced out of a job at the local car wash. Or did I just make that up?[/p][/quote]Big deal grow up you pair of half wits I'm a immigrant and voting UKIP so put that in your democracy hating pipes.[/p][/quote]Watch that blood pressure mr angry![/p][/quote]Just goes to show what a pair of plonkers you are. The fact that as a immigrant I now have unlimited access to free health care with finite resourcing, free housing and have also deprived a Brit of an employment opportunity yet according to you that's absolutely perfectly fine. So happy days thank goodness for the stupidity of the liberal lefties keep up the great work. :-) cj07589
  • Score: 7

7:11pm Wed 21 May 14

woodsedge says...

cj07589 wrote:
woodsedge wrote:
cj07589 wrote:
Bert Fry wrote:
woodsedge wrote:
cosmick wrote: Fancy asking the sellers of the big ISSUE, and the men at the car wash.
Is that another UKIP dig at immigrants?
Of course it is. There are loads of local workers forced out of a job at the local car wash. Or did I just make that up?
Big deal grow up you pair of half wits I'm a immigrant and voting UKIP so put that in your democracy hating pipes.
Watch that blood pressure mr angry!
Just goes to show what a pair of plonkers you are. The fact that as a immigrant I now have unlimited access to free health care with finite resourcing, free housing and have also deprived a Brit of an employment opportunity yet according to you that's absolutely perfectly fine. So happy days thank goodness for the stupidity of the liberal lefties keep up the great work. :-)
cj, On behalf of the UK welcome to our country comrade and watch that blood pressure old boy.
[quote][p][bold]cj07589[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]woodsedge[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cj07589[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bert Fry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]woodsedge[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cosmick[/bold] wrote: Fancy asking the sellers of the big ISSUE, and the men at the car wash.[/p][/quote]Is that another UKIP dig at immigrants?[/p][/quote]Of course it is. There are loads of local workers forced out of a job at the local car wash. Or did I just make that up?[/p][/quote]Big deal grow up you pair of half wits I'm a immigrant and voting UKIP so put that in your democracy hating pipes.[/p][/quote]Watch that blood pressure mr angry![/p][/quote]Just goes to show what a pair of plonkers you are. The fact that as a immigrant I now have unlimited access to free health care with finite resourcing, free housing and have also deprived a Brit of an employment opportunity yet according to you that's absolutely perfectly fine. So happy days thank goodness for the stupidity of the liberal lefties keep up the great work. :-)[/p][/quote]cj, On behalf of the UK welcome to our country comrade and watch that blood pressure old boy. woodsedge
  • Score: -6

7:44pm Wed 21 May 14

cj07589 says...

woodsedge wrote:
cj07589 wrote:
woodsedge wrote:
cj07589 wrote:
Bert Fry wrote:
woodsedge wrote:
cosmick wrote: Fancy asking the sellers of the big ISSUE, and the men at the car wash.
Is that another UKIP dig at immigrants?
Of course it is. There are loads of local workers forced out of a job at the local car wash. Or did I just make that up?
Big deal grow up you pair of half wits I'm a immigrant and voting UKIP so put that in your democracy hating pipes.
Watch that blood pressure mr angry!
Just goes to show what a pair of plonkers you are. The fact that as a immigrant I now have unlimited access to free health care with finite resourcing, free housing and have also deprived a Brit of an employment opportunity yet according to you that's absolutely perfectly fine. So happy days thank goodness for the stupidity of the liberal lefties keep up the great work. :-)
cj, On behalf of the UK welcome to our country comrade and watch that blood pressure old boy.
No Woodsedge wrong again, I dearly love Britain my adopted homeland but it breaks my heart to see our small (arguably) over populated island with finite resources continue to be run into the ground by politically correct dogma. I would also like to reinforce the sentiment that like many other people who have immigrated to Britain, I have never received a single penny in benefits or housing subsidies. The irony, no doubt lost on yourself, is by my voting for UKIP tomorrow, I will be effectively saving you from your self. I have experienced what massive population increase from mainland China has caused in Hong Kong my old home, now only the inherited rich and super wealthy can afford property with access to good schools and Heath services based on postcode, this is reality my shortsighted comrade.
[quote][p][bold]woodsedge[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cj07589[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]woodsedge[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cj07589[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bert Fry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]woodsedge[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cosmick[/bold] wrote: Fancy asking the sellers of the big ISSUE, and the men at the car wash.[/p][/quote]Is that another UKIP dig at immigrants?[/p][/quote]Of course it is. There are loads of local workers forced out of a job at the local car wash. Or did I just make that up?[/p][/quote]Big deal grow up you pair of half wits I'm a immigrant and voting UKIP so put that in your democracy hating pipes.[/p][/quote]Watch that blood pressure mr angry![/p][/quote]Just goes to show what a pair of plonkers you are. The fact that as a immigrant I now have unlimited access to free health care with finite resourcing, free housing and have also deprived a Brit of an employment opportunity yet according to you that's absolutely perfectly fine. So happy days thank goodness for the stupidity of the liberal lefties keep up the great work. :-)[/p][/quote]cj, On behalf of the UK welcome to our country comrade and watch that blood pressure old boy.[/p][/quote]No Woodsedge wrong again, I dearly love Britain my adopted homeland but it breaks my heart to see our small (arguably) over populated island with finite resources continue to be run into the ground by politically correct dogma. I would also like to reinforce the sentiment that like many other people who have immigrated to Britain, I have never received a single penny in benefits or housing subsidies. The irony, no doubt lost on yourself, is by my voting for UKIP tomorrow, I will be effectively saving you from your self. I have experienced what massive population increase from mainland China has caused in Hong Kong my old home, now only the inherited rich and super wealthy can afford property with access to good schools and Heath services based on postcode, this is reality my shortsighted comrade. cj07589
  • Score: 9

9:31pm Wed 21 May 14

Bert Fry says...

cj07589 wrote:
woodsedge wrote:
cj07589 wrote:
Bert Fry wrote:
woodsedge wrote:
cosmick wrote: Fancy asking the sellers of the big ISSUE, and the men at the car wash.
Is that another UKIP dig at immigrants?
Of course it is. There are loads of local workers forced out of a job at the local car wash. Or did I just make that up?
Big deal grow up you pair of half wits I'm a immigrant and voting UKIP so put that in your democracy hating pipes.
Watch that blood pressure mr angry!
Just goes to show what a pair of plonkers you are. The fact that as a immigrant I now have unlimited access to free health care with finite resourcing, free housing and have also deprived a Brit of an employment opportunity yet according to you that's absolutely perfectly fine. So happy days thank goodness for the stupidity of the liberal lefties keep up the great work. :-)
Shouldn't I at this point be telling you to go back to your own country or are you now a local?
[quote][p][bold]cj07589[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]woodsedge[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cj07589[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bert Fry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]woodsedge[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cosmick[/bold] wrote: Fancy asking the sellers of the big ISSUE, and the men at the car wash.[/p][/quote]Is that another UKIP dig at immigrants?[/p][/quote]Of course it is. There are loads of local workers forced out of a job at the local car wash. Or did I just make that up?[/p][/quote]Big deal grow up you pair of half wits I'm a immigrant and voting UKIP so put that in your democracy hating pipes.[/p][/quote]Watch that blood pressure mr angry![/p][/quote]Just goes to show what a pair of plonkers you are. The fact that as a immigrant I now have unlimited access to free health care with finite resourcing, free housing and have also deprived a Brit of an employment opportunity yet according to you that's absolutely perfectly fine. So happy days thank goodness for the stupidity of the liberal lefties keep up the great work. :-)[/p][/quote]Shouldn't I at this point be telling you to go back to your own country or are you now a local? Bert Fry
  • Score: -6

9:45pm Wed 21 May 14

navelgazer says...

MrTomSmith wrote:
Vote UKIP and we won't have to worry about it for much longer will we. It is a fair point though we don't know one from another and why is that, because they can't be bothered to come round and introduce themselves. So when the turn out is about 30% they can hardly come bleating back to us.
" .... they can't be bothered to come round and introduce themselves"

Very True.
I've been waiting for the local ukip team to come to my door, but they can't be bothered to come round and introduce themselves either.

Perhaps they are spending their time on this website, closely watching and marking up their own comments and marking down those with whom they disagree?
[quote][p][bold]MrTomSmith[/bold] wrote: Vote UKIP and we won't have to worry about it for much longer will we. It is a fair point though we don't know one from another and why is that, because they can't be bothered to come round and introduce themselves. So when the turn out is about 30% they can hardly come bleating back to us.[/p][/quote]" .... they can't be bothered to come round and introduce themselves" Very True. I've been waiting for the local ukip team to come to my door, but they can't be bothered to come round and introduce themselves either. Perhaps they are spending their time on this website, closely watching and marking up their own comments and marking down those with whom they disagree? navelgazer
  • Score: -4

9:51pm Wed 21 May 14

navelgazer says...

Bert Fry wrote:
cj07589 wrote:
woodsedge wrote:
cj07589 wrote:
Bert Fry wrote:
woodsedge wrote:
cosmick wrote: Fancy asking the sellers of the big ISSUE, and the men at the car wash.
Is that another UKIP dig at immigrants?
Of course it is. There are loads of local workers forced out of a job at the local car wash. Or did I just make that up?
Big deal grow up you pair of half wits I'm a immigrant and voting UKIP so put that in your democracy hating pipes.
Watch that blood pressure mr angry!
Just goes to show what a pair of plonkers you are. The fact that as a immigrant I now have unlimited access to free health care with finite resourcing, free housing and have also deprived a Brit of an employment opportunity yet according to you that's absolutely perfectly fine. So happy days thank goodness for the stupidity of the liberal lefties keep up the great work. :-)
Shouldn't I at this point be telling you to go back to your own country or are you now a local?
He appears to have stolen the job of the local village idiot.
[quote][p][bold]Bert Fry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cj07589[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]woodsedge[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cj07589[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bert Fry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]woodsedge[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cosmick[/bold] wrote: Fancy asking the sellers of the big ISSUE, and the men at the car wash.[/p][/quote]Is that another UKIP dig at immigrants?[/p][/quote]Of course it is. There are loads of local workers forced out of a job at the local car wash. Or did I just make that up?[/p][/quote]Big deal grow up you pair of half wits I'm a immigrant and voting UKIP so put that in your democracy hating pipes.[/p][/quote]Watch that blood pressure mr angry![/p][/quote]Just goes to show what a pair of plonkers you are. The fact that as a immigrant I now have unlimited access to free health care with finite resourcing, free housing and have also deprived a Brit of an employment opportunity yet according to you that's absolutely perfectly fine. So happy days thank goodness for the stupidity of the liberal lefties keep up the great work. :-)[/p][/quote]Shouldn't I at this point be telling you to go back to your own country or are you now a local?[/p][/quote]He appears to have stolen the job of the local village idiot. navelgazer
  • Score: -4

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