And we’re off

Martina Purdy reviews the declared runners and riders for the European elections in June 2009 and provides some speculation on how Allister’s candidacy may affect the race.

The DUP have yet to declare, Allister, de Brún and Nicholson go again, the SDLP have selected Alban Maginness and APNI say they will run if an agreed ‘unity candidate’ is not found.

Given we seem to be in electoral mode already I have added some European Parliamentary statistics on our current MEPs from the excellent Institute for Public Policy (IPP) in Bucharest below the fold.
Jim Allister

He does not sit in a political group.

He is a member of the Committee on Fisheries, the Committee on Constitutional Affairs and the delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly; he is also a substitute member of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development.

He has an excellent Plenary attendance rate – 98.00% (49 out of 50).

He has not drafted any reports.

He has submitted one amendment to a report:

Other questions (non-priority questions) shall be answered within six weeks of being forwarded to the institution concerned. There shall be no limit to the number of non-priority questions that can be submitted by a Member.

He has not submitted any Motions for a Resolution.

He has submitted 3 Written Declarations all of which were rejected.

He has raised 181 Parliamentary Questions.

He has made 227 speeches in the Parliament.

Bairbre de Brún

She is a member of the GUE/NGL (European Left/Nordic Green Left) political group – the 5th largest of 7 groups with 41 MEPs from the 785.

She is a member of the Committee for Regional Development and the Delegation for relations with the United States; she is also a substitute member of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, the Temporary Committee on Climate Change and the Delegation for relations with the countries of Central America.

She has drafted one Parliamentary Report on ‘The evaluation of the PEACE Programme and strategies for the future’, which was, passed 41-1 in Committee and by 603 votes to 21, with 12 abstentions in Plenary.

She has submitted 15 amendments to reports (you’ll need to get the link from her IPP page)

She has submitted 5 Motions for a Resolution.

She has not submitted any Written Declarations.

She has raised 37 Parliamentary Questions.

She has made 87 speeches in Parliament.

Jim Nicholson

He is a member of the EPP/ED (European People’s Party (Christian Democrats) and European Democrats) political group – the largest political group with 288 MEPs from the 785

He is a Parliamentary Questor – selected by MEPs to deal with administrative issues within the Parliament.

He is a member of the Committee on Regional Development, the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, the Delegation for relations with Australia and New Zealand, the Delegation for relations with the countries of South Asia and a substitute member of the Delegation for relations with the Korean Peninsula, the Delegation for relations with India and the Delegation for relations with the United States.

He has drafted two Parliamentary Reports:

‘The proposal for a Council regulation amending Regulation (EC) No 1260/1999 laying down general provisions on the Structural Funds concerning the extension of the duration of the PEACE programme and the granting of new commitment appropriations’ – adopted unanimously in Committee and by 598 votes in favour, 15 against with 18 abstentions in Plenary.

‘The proposal for a Council regulation concerning Community financial contributions to the International Fund for Ireland’ – adopted unanimously in Committee and adopted by Parliament (can’t see the vote details).

He has submitted 3 Amendments to Reports (you’ll need to get the link from his IPP page).

He has submitted 8 Motions for a Resolution.

He has submitted 4 Written Declarations – 1 pending and 3 rejected.

He has raised 33 Parliamentary Questions.

He has made 80 speeches in Parliament.

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