Friday, January 13, 2006

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Cameron threat to sack pro-Euro Tory MEPs

David Cameron is preparing for a showdown with Tory MEPs by vowing to de-select those who refuse to sever links with a federalist group in the European Parliament. The Daily Telegraph

An interesting situation can arise here. There are no individually elected Tory MEP's in this country, if they are deselected, then they are no longer a Conservative MEP. (By not following the Party line they will been deemed to have resigned) In law, there is nothing to stop the next Tory candidate from the list system, becoming the next Conservative MEP.

Following the 1997 general election the Labour Government introduced the European Parliamentary Elections Act 1999, changing the system by which Great Britain's MEPs are elected from First Past The Post to a closed ‘list’ system of PR.

Which means, when a seat becomes vacant as a result of the death or resignation, of an MEP elected on a party list it is filled by the next eligible person from that list. Where the list has been exhausted or the vacancy arises as a result of the death or resignation of an independent candidate a by-election will be held.

I think that this could be challenged in the courts.

The First Protocol, Article 3 of the Human Rights Act 1998 states: The High Contracting Parties undertake to hold free elections at reasonable intervals by secret ballot, under conditions which will ensure the free expression of the opinion of the people in the choice of the legislature.

Elected Conservative Party MEP's not following the party line, does not ensure mine or the peoples (who voted Conservative) choice of legislature.

It should be remembered, that the Conservative Party, as the Official Loyal Opposition, is in Law, a public Authority.

Section 6. - (1) Human Rights Act:- It is unlawful for a public authority to act in a way which is incompatible with a Convention right.

Just hope the next one on the list is a Eurosceptic



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