Oddy Backed As European Election Candidate
Euro MP Christine Oddy' s bid to seek a third term in the European
Parliament has been overwhelmingly backed by Labour Party members in her Coventry and
North Warwickshire constituency.
More than 90 per cent of members in the constituency, which
covers Coventry, Meriden, North Warwickshire, Nuneaton and Solihull, voted to re-adopt her
as a candidate for the elections which take place in June next year. The turnout in the
postal ballot was the second highest in the region.
Ms Oddy, a Euro MP since 1989, is now guaranteed a place on
Labour's list of candidates for the eight seats in the new constituency which will cover
the whole of the West Midlands region. Voting will take place under the proportional
representation system in which seats will be allocated in proportion to the percentage
which each party polls. A special panel will interview candidates next month to
decide the order in which they should placed on the ballot paper and the decision will
have to be ratified by Labour's annual conference later in September.
Ms Oddy said:
"I want to thank the members for the confidence which
they have shown in me and pledge to go on fighting in Europe for the interests of the
constituency and the West Midlands."
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