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European elections

The best of luck to Ian Parsley, who is the Alliance Party's candidate in the European elections in Northern Ireland tomorrow.

Likewise to my Lib Dem friends, alphabetically arranged: Stewart Arnold, Neil Corlett, Chris Davies, Andrew Duff, Jonathan Fryer, Simon James, Ben Jones, Christopher Le Breton, Sarah Ludford, Deborah Newton-Cook, Rebecca Taylor, Diana Wallis, Graham Watson, and Peter Welch. I will see most of you in Brussels one way or the other.

Also tomorrow the Netherlands elects its MEPs. Best of luck to Sophie in 't Veld, as lead candidate for D'66 - hope you get re-elected too.

Some countries will vote on Friday and Saturday, but most on Sunday. I shall cast my vote for Annemie Neyts here in Belgium; my best wishes go to Marianne Mikko in Estonia, Gisela Kallenbach, Doris Pack, and Heide Rühle in Germany, István Szent-Iványi in Hungary, Jelko Kacin in Slovenia and Ana Maria Gomes in Portugal; and especially to Nina Suomalainen in Finland who is not an incumbent but trying to get elected for the first time.

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wwhyte
Jun. 3rd, 2009 09:06 pm (UTC)
I doubt I'm the first to say it, but Ian Parsley's name probably won't hurt him in Ballymena and North Antrim...
andrewsherman
Jun. 3rd, 2009 09:07 pm (UTC)
Is it a disadvantage to have a name so similar to that of Ian Paisley?
wwhyte
Jun. 3rd, 2009 09:45 pm (UTC)
Not in Ballymena.
sunnygirly21
Jun. 4th, 2009 08:10 am (UTC)
At first I actually thought you meant Ian Paisley and that scared me a bit. The European elections in Slovenia will be held on Sunday and I think the current MEPs have the best shot at being re-elected, mostly Lojze Peterle and Jelko Kacin, although according to the latest opinion the largest opposition party (SDS) is set to win the most Slovenian seats.

nwhyte
Jun. 4th, 2009 01:39 pm (UTC)
Given the LDS collapse, Kacin will be lucky to get back in. I hope he does, though, I've always got on well with him.
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