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European elections

The European Parliament has 626 Members who are elected in the fifteen member states of the EU for a five-year term. There are 87 MEPs for the UK. Most of the time, Parliament and the MEPs are based in Brussels where its specialist committees meet to scrutinize proposals for new EU laws.

In addition to their growing role as legislators, MEPs approve the appointment of the European Commission, decide the EU budget with the member states, monitor spending, approve international agreements, question EU Commissioners and national Ministers, and appoint the European Ombudsman. Citizens have the right to petition the European Parliament.

The UK is divided into twelve European electoral regions. Each region has between three and eleven MEPs and each MEP in a region represents each person living there. If you live in Weymouth or Portland you live within the South West Region which is represented by seven South West MEPs those who are currently representing you are listed below you are able to contact any or all of them.

Mr Neil Parish, - Conservative, European People's Party (Christian Democrats) and European Democrats EPP-ED)
16 Northgate
Bridgwater
Somerset TA6 3EU
Tel: 01278 450778

Mr Graham Booth, - UK Independence Party, Independence and Democracy (IND-DEM)
Pullman House
7 Battle Road
Healthfield, Newton Abbot
Devon TQ12 6RY
Tel: 01626 830630

Mr Graham Watson, - Liberal Democrat, Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE)
Bagehot's Foundry
Beard's Yard, Bow Street
Langport
Somerset TA10 9PS
Tel: 01458 252 265

Dr Caroline Jackson, - Conservative, European People's Party (Christian Democrats) and European Democrats EPP-ED)
New House
Hanney Road
Southmoor
Abingdon OX13 5HR
Tel: 01793 854570

Mr Glyn Ford, - Labour, Party of the European Socialists (PES)
Belle Vue Centre
6 Belle Vue Road
Cinderford
Gloucestershire GL14 2AB
Tel: 01594 827 193

Mr Roger Knapman, - UK Independence Party, Independence and Democracy (IND-DEM)
Pullman House
7 Battle Road
Heathfield, Newton Abbot
Devon TQ12 6RY
Tel: 01626 830630

Mr Giles Chichester - Conservative, European People's Party (Christian Democrats) and European Democrats EPP-ED)
Longridge
West Hill
Ottery St Mary
Devon EX11 1UX
Tel: 01404 851106

The most recent European Parliamentary Elections were held on 10 June 2004 the next election is scheduled for June 2009.

For more information on the European Parliament click here - www.europarl.org.uk (new window)