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Euro elections: Stroud's Molly Scott Cato is first Green MEP for south west

By The Citizen  |  Posted: May 26, 2014

  • Molly Scott Cato, the south west's first Green MEP

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GREEN voters have elected their first south west MEP in Stroud’s Molly Scott Cato.

Her victory came at the expense of long-standing Liberal Democrat Sir Graham Watson who lost his seat in the European Parliament.

Olympic gold medal winning rower James Cracknell also failed to pick up a seat for the Conservatives, who saw their number of places reduces from three to two – Ashley Fox and Julie Girling were re-elected.

Labour’s Clare Moody took a seat for Labour, who had won no seats at the previous election.

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Dr Cato, who picked up 11.2 per cent for the Green Party, said: ““I knew it would be very close and possible for the Greens to win. With the electoral system it wasn’t certain and it was quite a tense evening.

“It is fantastic that the south west now has a Green voice in Europe.”

Dr Cato, who is leader of the Green Party on Stroud District Council as well as an avid beekeeper, added: “The Greens are the only party with a clear and positive message on EU reform, which I think was attractive to voters and translated into the result we see today. Our ‘people before profit’ policies have really resonated with voters who have been looking for a viable alternative party which truly represents their values.”

Sir Graham, who had been a Lib Dem MEP for 20 years, said: “It has been an honour and a pleasure to serve the south west of England and Gibraltar in the European Parliament. I shall miss it but I wish my successors well.

“Politics is the kind of profession that you live with winning and you live with losing and I have no doubt the Liberal Democrats will be back.

“Naturally I am disappointed but not terribly surprised. The Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives have taken a beating.”

UKIP topped the poll in 24 of the 38 districts of the south west.

William Dartmouth, elected for the party along with Julia Reid, said: “This is a massive wake-up call to the establishment politicians and media – there are a lot of people dissatisfied and feel their concerns are not properly responded to.”



UKIP 10,173

CON 8,715

LAB 6,899

LIB DEM 2,329

GREEN 2,099


UKIP 8,359

CON 6,497

LAB 4,268

GREEN 2,588

LIB DEM 1,238


CON 11,451

UKIP 9,348

LAB 7,071

GREEN 6,528

LIB DEM 2,488


CON – Ashley Fox

CON – Julie Girling

GREEN – Molly Scott Cato

LAB – Clare Moody

UKIP – William Dartmouth

UKIP – Julia Reid


Con -1

Lib Dem -1

Lab +1


Green +1

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  • socialista  |  June 02 2014, 12:11PM

    Interesting that nobody mentioned "William Dartmouth" is actually William Legge, 10th Earl of Dartmouth, an hereditary peer - UKIP are establishment to the core & will continue to shaft the working class.

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  • uk_socrates  |  May 26 2014, 6:40PM

    @P I Staker. That's democracy!. PEOPLE ARE FED UP of immigration and a massive E.U parasite which has got out of control. (All the major parties refuse to give us THE PEOPLE a referendum). People from posh backgrounds with millions in the bank might run this country, but its the PEOPLE that put them there!. I am not surprised GLOUCESTER voted for UKIP either. I am ashamed that people voted for Labour, a duck could do a better job than Ed Miliband.

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  • scruff_top  |  May 26 2014, 1:07PM

    Ha Ha well done UKIP in Gloucester.

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  • Nerva  |  May 26 2014, 12:59PM

    Well, in that well-known part of the English South-West, Gibraltar, Ukip came a very poor 4th with just 290 votes (compared with 4822 for the ousted LibDems)

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  • RoadWombat  |  May 26 2014, 12:17PM

    Now, now. Calm down dear. It's just the silent majority speaking up for once and in a rather kind and paternal way giving the trendy lefties (who've got a bit carried away for the past few years) to behave themselves and have a rethink. They'll get it eventually, I'm sure.

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  • P_I_Staker  |  May 26 2014, 11:53AM

    It's also shocking some of the language I heard from "older" voters on the way to the polling station I heard one old man say "All those foreigners coming over here and stealing our (insert F word) jobs and claiming benefits. I wonder how the native Americans are feeling at the moment "All those (insert F word) English coming here and stealing our jobs and land"? Will we be required to attend church (CofE of coarse) every Sunday and wear Jackboots to practice our goose steps every other Saturday?

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  • RoadWombat  |  May 26 2014, 11:23AM

    "I'm so ashamed that so many people voted for UKIP, what has this country become?" The answer is simple: It's become tired of being governed by foreigners, that's what. It's become tired of being the dustbin of Europe and giving away £50+ million A DAY and getting nothing in return that we couldn't do ourselves.

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  • Lecorche  |  May 26 2014, 11:11AM

    @ P_I_Staker: Could it be a sense or feeling to test the boundaries,by the disillusioned electorate who are fed up with the" same old,same old" that has set us into a rut? Is UKIP being used as a Litmus test with the aim of making the UK a Republic as the only way to achieve true equality and fairness that is so lacking right now? If it's just a protest vote glitch in the established order then I would feel shame. We should try for a better democracy by abolishing hereditary rights in Parliament as a step forward for our freedoms. What say you?

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  • standishgreen  |  May 26 2014, 10:54AM

    The less well off have been persuaded to vote for a party that offers them nothing. Market economies drive down wages and austerity measures punish the unfortunate. On those issues UKIP are more Tory than the Tories. So much foot shooting has been engaged in.

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  • P_I_Staker  |  May 26 2014, 10:26AM

    I'm so ashamed that so many people voted for UKIP, what has this country become?

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