The 2019 European election candidates for the East of England
Voters will go to the polls on Thursday May 23 to elect candidates to represent the East of England in the European Parliament.
The country is taking part in the elections after the UK and European Union agreed an extension to the Brexit process until October 31.
The East of England - Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Essex, Bedfordshire, Suffolk and Norfolk - is one of 12 European electorial regions across the UK.
There are 73 Euro MPs (MEPs) representing the UK at the European Parliament, seven of which represent the East of England.
At the 2014 elections, three Conservative MEPs were elected, along with three from UKIP and one from Labour.
How the voting works
Voters have one vote in the elections.
A regional list is put forward by parties competing in the elections - and independents can also stand.
You have one vote. You can vote for either one of the party's regional lists or an individual standing as an independent.
The share of the vote received determined the number of MEPs elected from each party, based on a systemdevised by Belgian lawyer and mathematician Victor D'Hondt in the 19th century.
The party with the most votes in the first round of counting wins a seat for the candidate at the top of its list.
In the second round of counting, the winning party's vote is divided by two - one plus one, for the number of Euro MP sit has.
The party now top in the reordered results wins a seat for their leading candidate.
The process continues, with the original vote of the winning party in each round being divided by one plus their running total of MEPs, until all the seats for the region have been taken.
Votes will be verified on the night of the election, but counted on Sunday May 26, because other European countries go to the polls at the weekend.
Who is standing in the East?
All the major parties, plus the Brexit Party, Change UK and an independent candidate are standing. Here they are:
Michelle de Vries
Geoffrey Van Orden
Jeremy Lloyd Caddick
Alan Graves Jr
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