The European Elections explained through Twitter

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The EU Elections are coming up this Thursday and knowing who to vote for or why is proving quite challenging. We've simplified the whole thing into bites of 140 characters.

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What are you voting for in the EU Elections?


There are 30 parties putting up candidates for the European elections in Britain on 22 May. These are representative of your council area and will be elected to the European Parliament as MEPs.

You can vote for a party rather than an individual.

The Parties


There are obviously more than 4 or 5 parties running, but for the purposes of trying to get your head around this, we're breaking it down.

The Conservatives


So what is our current fearless leader saying? See more on the party website.

The Labour Party


Twitter is full of people noticing a significant lack of EU specific policies on the campaign info sent to voters, check out their website for more info.

The Liberal Democrats


The Lib Dems are the only one of the 'big three' openly 'IN', claiming to create jobs through EU trade. See more info on their manifesto.

The Green Party


According to the BBC News guide, The Green Party thinks the EU election "does not need to be a shouting match" between extremists. See more on their website.

UKIP


The UK Independence Party wants just that, independence. See more on their website.

The In/Out Debate


The key argument in this years election, which is making the whole thing more talked about in the media than possibly any previous EU election, is the European Union, In/Out debate.

With a huge number of Brits looking to parties like UKIP and even the Conservative Party to split from the EU; The emphasis for this move being down to dilution of power and loose border control.


However, of course there are a great number of people who believe this has become a thinly veiled racists argument.

With the EU acting as a moderator on laws rather than passing them, and little evidence of the apparent influx of Romanian migrants that people feared, we can see why.

The 'protest vote'


There are a number of independents running across various parts of the country seen by many who do not want to abstain as a way of sending a message to the government.

These include people like comedian Rufus Hound, standing in London for the National Health Action Party, who are campaigning to prevent the privatisation of the NHS.

See the full list of parties on the BBC website.

Turn Out


The UK has a notoriously low voter turnout, especially for EU Elections.

This year is considered to be bigger than before, but many believe the majority will still stay at home.


What will happen?


Obviously we are neither psychics nor political scientists, but this is how the polls are looking:



Will you be voting on Thursday? Tweet us your opinions @handbagcom

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