Labour had strong results in the European Parliament election in Guildford, the South East and Great Britain generally. In Guildford, Labour achieved 4,004 votes, 10.4%. This is more than double the vote share achieved at the 2010 general election. Across the South East, Labour took 15%, up from 8% in 2009, the last European election.
The vagaries of the d’Hondt system of proportional representation mean that although Labour nearly doubled the LibDem vote it wasn’t quite enough to gain another MEP in this region.
In the country as a whole (before Scotland has declared) Labour took 25.4% up by nearly 10 percentage points since 2009. There will be 20 UK Labour MEPs in Brussels for the next 5 years, up from 13.
Labour’s 2015 parliamentary candidate for Guildford, Richard Wilson, reacted to the result: “I am so pleased that Labour’s Anneliese Dodds has been elected as a Member of the European Parliament to represent this region. Anneliese has been a regular visitor to Guildford and joined us on the High Street, on doorsteps and at the University to speak to voters face-to-face. She is a firm favourite with party volunteers and members of the public in Guildford. We are very lucky to have such a hard-working and talented new MEP.”
Guildford Labour Party members have been knocking on doors for months to hear voters’ concerns and explain Labour policies. Thousands of leaflets were delivered by volunteers, Labour did not need to employ people to do this.
Richard Wilson continued, “On behalf of the Labour Party I would like to thank the staff of Guildford and Waverley Borough Councils for conducting the election with their usual diligence. Also, I am extremely grateful to the Labour supporters who gave up their free time to help by knocking on doors, delivering leaflets or telephoning voters. We have a great team of volunteers here and our efforts are starting to bear fruit.
“Most of all, I would like to thank the voters who cast their vote in this election for Labour. Unlike the Conservatives, Labour has representation in the European Parliament from every region of Great Britain. We have been out on the streets of Guildford taking the pulse of public opinion. People will no longer blindly vote Tory here. LibDem voters are almost impossible to find and frequently people are persuaded not to vote Ukip when they hear about their policies, such as abolishing the NHS and legalising hand guns.
“Labour fought a policy-rich election which resonated with voters. We pledged to restore the right to see a GP within 48 hours, raise the minimum wage and protect tenants. Across the UK our party is reconnecting with voters conversation by conversation, doorstep by doorstep, street by street. Nationally, we have knocked on 7 million doors in this campaign. And, even though Ukip and the Tories have outspent us with seven-figure sums, Labour had more activists out on polling day than all the other parties combined.”