On Thursday, May 23, people in the UK will go to the polls to pick 73 MEPs for the European Parliament. Will the votes cast truly reflect the individuals people might want to see representing us in Europe – possibly not. But we can be certain about why, how and when you will be voting alongside the other 27 countries across the continent. The European Parliament is made up of 751 seats in total. Each of the 28 EU countries is allocated a set number of seats, roughly depending on the size of its population. The UK is divided up into 12 regions, each represented by a number of candidates from political parties or standing independently. The number of candidates per region depends on the population of that place – for example, the north-east of England has three MEPs while London has eight as the population is bigger but the East Midlands has five. Here are some commonly-asked questions: Q: How do I vote? A: If you are voting at the polling station, which will be open from 7am to 10pm on Thursday, May 23, you must attend the one which is printed on your polling card. Once there you… Read full this story
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