national trend of a Conservative Party resurgence was highlighted in the West Midlands
when the results of the Euro Elections were announced.
The Tories won half of the eight West Midlands seats, with Labour securing three and
the Liberal Democrats taking the remaining one.
The news will come as a huge blow to the Government who were predicting that they could
take up to five of the available West Midlands seats.
However a spokesperson at Labours West Midlands office has warned the
Conservatives not to read too much into the result.
"Obviously we would have liked to win more seats but we are happy to have the
three we have got.
"The Conservatives have fought this whole campaign by making it their own
referendum on the single currency and you can tell by the fact that only 20% of people
turned out that it hasnt worked.
"Polls over the last two years have shown that if there was a general election
tomorrow Labour would take 50% of the vote and that is still the case nothing has
One person who was not surprised by Labours poor
performance was former MEP Christine Oddy, who stood in the elections as an independent
candidate after resigning from The Labour Party.
"I think by standing as an independent candidate I proved what I believe, which is
that the Home Secretary Jack Straw was very wrong when he said that most people do not
even know who their MEP is.
"The support I have received in the West Midlands is phenomenal and shows that
people did not agree with the way the Labour Party treated me while I was with them."
Oddy secured 36,849 votes - which was 4.34% of the total votes in the region but
this was still not enough for her to retain a seat, something she feels is very unfair.
"I would have had to get around 80,000 votes to take a seat because it was done
across the West Midlands rather than in individual areas.
"I am very proud of what I have achieved, the backing I got from volunteers was
tremendous and the first thing I am going to do is write thank you letters and throw a
Another well known Coventry politician running in the election did not fair so well,
Dave Nellist took only 7,203 votes which was less than 1% of the overall total.
The elected candidates were Conservatives John Corrie, Philip Bushill-Matthews, Malcolm
Harbour and Philip Bradbourn, Labours Simon Murphy, Michael Cashman and Neena Gill.
The remaining place is taken by Liberal Democrat Liz Lynne, who has a clear idea of
what she wants to achieve in her time in office.
"My main aim is to bring to light and then get rid of the corruption that has
become rife in the word of MEPs.
"It is affecting the work that MEPs can do because there is this cloud
hanging over the office due to the practices of some people.
"I dont understand why it cannot work like Whitehall when if people have to
claim expenses then they produce a genuine receipt and are reimbursed for essential costs
that they have incurred."
Conservative MEP John Corrie, who was previously the MEP for Worcestershire and South
Warwickshire, continues in office with one clear message "The Euro will mean
disaster for Britain."
Corrie was top of the Conservative Party list of candidates for the West Midlands and
he is warning that decision making power must not be shifted to Europe.
"We have to make sure that we have a firm base here first and that we know exactly
what we are looking to achieve before we move forward.
"For instance there are suggestions coming from Europe at the moment that would
cripple many people, and they are basically job destroying policies.
"In the West Midlands region there are a lot of worried taxi drivers because they
are being told that they will only be able to work a 48 hour week, and they could not
survive on the money that would bring in."
The Conservative MEP is also concerned that the West Midlands would be hardest hit by a
full move into Europe.