MK TO STAND FOR ELECTION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT
A Mebyon Kernow press release below details the six candidates:
The Party for Cornwall selects six prominent local campaigners
Mebyon Kernow – the Party for Cornwall has announced that its list of candidates for the ‘South West Region’ seat in the European Parliament will comprise their six prospective parliamentary candidates for Westminster.
The candidates will be:
1. Dick Cole (St Austell and Newquay)
Dick Cole from Fraddon has been the leader of Mebyon Kernow since 1997. Well-known as a hard-working and out-spoken councillor, he served on Restormel Borough Council between 1999 and 2009, where he was heavily involved in regeneration issues and the development of policies on affordable housing. Dick is also MK's spokesman on housing and serves on St Enoder Parish Council.
2. Conan Jenkin (Truro and Falmouth)
Conan is a long-standing Mebyon Kernow member who fought the Truro and St Austell seat at the last two General Elections. He is one of MK’s two Deputy Leaders and has played a leading role in many local campaigns. Raised in Leedstown, he now lives in Truro and works at Truro College. Conan was elected onto Truro City Council in 2007.
3. Loveday Jenkin (Camborne and Redruth)
Loveday is a former Chairman of Mebyon Kernow and served on Kerrier District Council between 1995 and 2009. A respected councillor, she was a cabinet member on Kerrier with responsibility for Leisure, Arts and Culture. She was brought up in Leedstown, lives at Praze an Beeble and serves on Crowan Parish Council. She is also a prominent activist in the Cornish language revival.
4. Simon Reed (St Ives)
Simon lives in Newlyn and has been a member of Penzance Town Council since 1999, serving as both the Deputy Mayor and the Mayor of the town. A former Liberal Democrat activist, he also served on Penwith District Council between 2002 and 2005. Since 2005, Simon has been a leading cultural campaigner in West Cornwall, promoting the revival of local traditions and customs.
5. Glenn Renshaw (South East Cornwall)
Glenn lives in St Dominick and has been a member of MK since 2008 and was one of the three-strong Mebyon Kernow group on Caradon District Council prior to the Council’s abolition at the end of March. Previously a Liberal Democrat councillor, he represented Essa Ward in Saltash from 2007 onwards. He has also served as a parish councillor, the chairman of a Tenants’ Association and helped set up a large credit union.
6. Joanie Willett (North Cornwall)
Joanie Willett is a 32-year-old mother of two, who was originally from St Mabyn. She is MK’s global affairs spokesperson and is presently completing her PhD. She has recently been involved with the successful campaign to stop the incineration of rubbish in Cornwall and wants a sustainable solution to all of Cornwall’s environmental issues.
Announcing the candidates, MK Deputy Leader Cllr Phil Rendle said:
“The Euro-elections offers a wonderful opportunity for local people to vote for Cornwall. MK’s list of candidates offer a strong pro-Cornwall alternative to the London-centred parties.
“All our candidates live and work in Cornwall and are 100% committted to winning a better deal for Cornwall.
Party Leader Cllr Dick Cole added:
“Please use the elections on June 4th to demand a better deal for Cornwall by sending a strong message to both London and Brussels by voting MK.
“Support the party that does not have political masters outside of Cornwall to please and which will always fight for Cornwall and its communities.”
Mebyon Kernow has also committed itself to continuing the fight for a Cornwall-only Euro-constituency that would give Cornwall a real voice at the heart of Europe.
The ‘South West England’ includes Cornwall and the English counties of Bristol, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire, as well as the island of Gibraltar. There will be about four millions voters – but only one in ten will actually live in Cornwall.
A total of six MEPs will be elected via a list form of proportional representation and it may be estimated that a political party would need to poll 150,000-160,000 votes in order to win a seat.
In the 2004 elections, there was an overall turnout of 37.8% and a total of 1,453,625 votes were cast. In Cornwall, 141,140 valid votes were cast – less than 10% of the overall total.
The deposit to stand is £5,000 and parties lose this deposit unless they poll over 2.5% of the vote. In MK’s case, this equates to more than 25% of the Cornish vote.
Mebyon Kernow – the Party for Cornwall is a full member of the European Free Alliance. The EFA includes nearly forty political parties from the nations and regions of Europe including Plaid Cymru from Wales and the Scottish National Party. The EFA has a proud record of working with our allies in the EFA/Green group in the European Parliament on such internationalist issues as social justice, employment, the environment, culture, civil rights, and many other issues.