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.

  • ggn

    Mark,

    Do you have any idea whether Éirigí intend to take the field?

  • Mark McGregor

    ggn,

    No idea at all but I’d be shocked if they thought they were in a position to even consider it. They’d need an Ard Fheis motion to approve electoralism and alter their constitution.

  • spiritof07

    RE the so called ‘unity candidate’ this time round, isn’t Eleanor Gill (General Consumer Council) being lined up for this one?

  • elvis parker

    If the recession bites as deep as feared the ‘Euros’ might become referenda on the Govts.
    Nicholson might do well as people vote Conservative to send a clear message to Labour.
    In the South will the voters pile in behind FG. SF appear to be having a tough time getting the electorate to treat them as a serious protest vote let alone a genuine alternative.
    Also hard to know how the Lisbon Treaty situation will play out – Libertas could sweep the boards as an anti Treaty (Lisbon!) and anti FF Govt protest. The Czech Presdiency is and added bit of fun

  • cynic

    Who cares about Europe. What we are really interested in is the shenanigans at the top of the IFA where the reasons for Wells sacking are being aired.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/irish/7749596.stm

    Wells seems to have a real go at the shambolic management he found when he was appointed and the apparent resistance when he began to make changes.

    The fun bit lies when Raymond Kennedy tells Season Ticket of his hopes for the new Chief Executive

    “The man that I will be looking for is someone that will have right down the chain, right from the top, right down to the grass roots and pushing the domestic grass roots, international football – everything across the board.”

    Apart from the garbled English, apparently only a man will be able to do this job. Now forgive me but isn’t it sort of illegal to decide to only appoint a male to a role like this? And isn’t even saying this in an interview sort of indicative of problems within the organisation?

    Do DCMS fund all this nonsense?

  • Pat

    ‘Apart from the garbled English, apparently only a man will be able to do this job. Now forgive me but isn’t it sort of illegal to decide to only appoint a male to a role like this? And isn’t even saying this in an interview sort of indicative of problems within the organisation?’

    Seeing as Women are not allowed to apply for the position, perhaps Kennedy he should just advertise it in his local Orange Lodge and save all the hassle.

  • spiritof07,

    … isn’t Eleanor Gill (General Consumer Council) being lined up for this one?

    Interesting. What is your source?

  • Damian O’Loan

    Now that the UUP-Tory pact has been formalised, has there been a statement on whether Jim Nicholson is running on the Conservative pledge to support a UK-wide referendum on the Lisbon treaty?

    His position, calling on the OFMDFM to organise a NI referendum, is perhaps the policy most harmful to the union held by any unionist politician, but also doesn’t show much insight into the membership system, given he is a member of the Parliament.

    Jim Allister, on the other hand, did us all a huge favour with this question:

    “Is the Commission satisfied that the current tax regime in Ireland, particularly its low level of corporation tax, is compatible with the EU’s policies and expectations on competition and avoidance of economic distortion?”

    When you consider the inter-governmental agreement to bring financial services jobs north, its beyond belief that he should seek to have the Irish corporation tax rate increased. He also spends a huge amount of time campaigning for Christian rights in places like China, Cuba, Vietnam or Burma, which I’m sure fits with his religious beliefs but neither reflects his mandate, nor best serves his electorate.

  • Jimmy Sands

    “This is the most open European election in living memory” Alban Maginnis.

    One for Colemanballs?

  • pith

    ‘Do you have any idea whether Éirigí intend to take the field?’ LOL. Could you imagine it? They’d probably end up joining some mad alliance made up of unreformed East German communists and the like.

  • “If the recession bites as deep as feared the ‘Euros’ might become referenda on the Govts.
    Nicholson might do well as people vote Conservative to send a clear message to Labour.”
    Posted by elvis parker on Nov 26, 2008 @ 02:30 PM

    It would be the first opporunity in a long time for the people of NI to participate in such a “referendum”. Another benefit of the UUP/Tory link up.

  • spiritof07.com

    “spiritof07,
    … isn’t Eleanor Gill (General Consumer Council) being lined up for this one?
    Interesting. What is your source?
    Posted by Horseman”

    Just my keenly tuned political antenna.

  • aleks

    Any speculation on who, other than Nigel, is likely to be on the DUP’s shortlist? I assume that they would prefer not to have a Westminster by-election, especially if Jim Allister were eligible to stand … So maybe some of their unsuccessful 2005 Westminster candidates? E.g. (Diane) Dodds, Foster, Spratt, Weir and Wells?