Yorkshire electorate baffled at how its MEP is replaced

  • 28 November 2016
  • From the section England
John Procter
Image caption Leeds councillor John Procter has been selected to be the Conservatives' MEP in Yorkshire & Humber

Alex Story confidently announced as long ago as September that he was delighted to become the new Conservative MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber.

There was one slight problem for the former Olympic rower.

He had not been invited to take the seat which had become vacant when David Cameron sent his party's previous MEP, Timothy Kirkhope, to the House of Lords in his resignation honours list.

There followed weeks of claim and counterclaim which must have completely baffled those who hold the simplistic view that in a democracy the local electorate decide who will be their member of parliament.

What has emerged is that when it comes to the European Parliament things are a bit more complicated than that.

Ballot box bypass

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Devolution in Yorkshire - a delayed shotgun wedding?

  • 11 November 2016
  • From the section England
Chesterfield town centre
Image caption Chesterfield aspires to be part of a wider devolved region - but will lawyers scupper its ambitions?

It seemed almost inevitable that the controversial road to devolution in Yorkshire would involve barristers well before the ballot boxes could be brought out.

A High Court judge is now deliberating on whether voters in the proposed Sheffield City region will be going to the polls to elect their first executive mayor as planned on 4 May next year.

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UKIP MEP Jane Collins fails in bid to avoid damages

  • 27 October 2016
  • From the section England
UKIP MEP Jane Collins Image copyright PA
Image caption Jane Collins made her remarks during a speech at UKIP's 2014 annual conference in Doncaster

Jane Collins' seat in the European Parliament chamber in Strasbourg was empty earlier this week even though the result of the vote that was about to take place was likely to cost the UKIP MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber hundreds of thousands of pounds.

MEPs were deciding whether she could invoke the highly unusual defence of European Parliamentary privilege to stop the High Court in London ordering her to pay damages after it had ruled she had libelled three South Yorkshire Labour MPs.

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Labour social event suffers from lack of party atmosphere

  • 27 September 2016
  • From the section England
Jeremy Corbyn Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Jeremy Corbyn addressed Yorkshire delegates at a social event during the Labour conference in Liverpool

There wasn't much of a party atmosphere when Jeremy Corbyn took to the stage at a crowded evening social event for Yorkshire's delegates at Labour's conference in Liverpool.

This was not one of those audiences that had hung on to his every word at big street rallies in Sheffield and York during his highly successful re-election campaign.

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Labour's lemming-like Tendency heads to the ballot box

  • 5 September 2016
  • From the section England
Jeremy Corbyn and Owen Smith

So what sparked off Labour's lemming-like rush to pull itself apart in one of the most acrimonious leadership elections in the party's history?

And it certainly has been a no-holds-barred marathon.

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Yorkshire's missing UKIP contenders

  • 22 August 2016
  • From the section England
(top row left to right) Lisa Duffy, Bill Etheridge, Diane James; (bottom row left to right) Phillip Broughton, Elizabeth Jones and Jonathan Arnott Image copyright PA
Image caption Diane James (top right) and Liz Jones (bottom centre) were absent from the Wakefield event

There was more than one puzzled face in the audience when the UK Independence Party campaign to replace Nigel Farage as leader arrived for its only event in Yorkshire.

The 90 or so members who turned up in Wakefield came armed with questions for all six contenders.

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Off camera on the EU campaign trail

  • 29 June 2016
  • From the section England
Nigel Farage on Vote Leave bus in South Yorkshire
Image caption His own way of conducting a political campaign- Nigel Farage UKIP leader on the top deck of his 'battle bus' in South Yorkshire

When political managers and spin doctors are fighting one of the tightest elections in living memory they will often go to the point of absurdity to ensure television pictures tell the message they want.

With the EU Referendum stubbornly stuck at neck-and-neck for weeks before we went to the polls stand-offs between TV crews and party organisers demanding to "check the shot" before their politician steps off the battle bus became an everyday occurrence.

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Historic EU referendum in more ways than one

  • 7 June 2016
  • From the section England
Harold Wilosn and wife Mary at polling station Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Harold Wilson, accompanied by wife Mary to the polling station in Westminster where they cast their vote for the 1975 referendum

Excitement grows with just days to go before the vote to decide our future place in Europe.

The Prime Minister is pinning his political future on the result.

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UKIP MEP Jane Collins takes EU damages escape route

  • 2 June 2016
  • From the section England
Jane Collins Image copyright PA
Image caption Jane Collins made her remarks in a speech at UKIP's national conference in 2014

The event unfolding in front of me should have been enough to send steam shooting out of the ears of any self-respecting UK Independence Party supporter.

A British judge was being stopped from awarding what were expected to be substantial damages against someone for a serious libel because of an 11th-hour claim that the rules of the European Parliament did not allow him to do so.

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Election 2016: Yorkshire voters face unprecedented polling booth choice

  • 21 April 2016
  • From the section England
Cross on ballot paper Image copyright Thinkstock

Voters in parts of Yorkshire could be forgiven for leaving behind piles of nervously chewed pencil stubs at their polling stations on 5 May.

Research shows that stress levels peak at the point where the pencil is poised to put a cross in the box against the name of the chosen candidate.

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