Our graph shows just how close Yorkshire is to electing the Yorkshire Party Leader Chris Whitwood to the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
It would be the Party’s first major success in a national poll, giving Yorkshire a voice in the decision-making process.
According to the latest YouGov opinion poll in the county we are ahead of Change.Uk and UKIP, with the doomed Tories in our sights. the poll was conducted between May 8 and 17 – before the Party’s big leaflet operation. It put us on 6% just two points behind the Conservatives
If voters are persuaded by our arguments in the last few hours, the Party would make an historic breakthrough.
Party Chairman Arnie Craven has estimated that, under the election’s system of proportionate representation, an 11% share of the vote would be enough to secure a Euro-seat for our lead candidate, Chris, who heads a team of six.
Yorkshire and Humberside is choosing its six representatives to the European Parliament in the poll on Thursday, May 23. Results are expected to be announced on Sunday evening (May 26).
Chris said: “Every other party in this election is based in London. Whether you voted leave or remain, left or right, we have seen time and again that, when push comes to shove, parties in London will put the needs of London before the needs of people living and working in Yorkshire.
“Politicians such as Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn or Nigel Farage may pop up to Yorkshire for a press release or a photo-shoot but at the end of the day they are back on the train to London without experiencing the issues that have a direct impact on the lives of people living in our region – issues like the chronic under-funding of Yorkshire’s schools, our overstretched health service, the dilapidated transport systems that plague much of the region and the need for secure and sustainable jobs.
“That is why the Yorkshire Party is standing. The MEPs elected on Thursday will not be the people negotiating Britain’s future relationship with the EU. However, by voting for a Yorkshire Party MEP you are voting to ensure that Yorkshire’s voice is heard by London and considered throughout the negotiation process.”
Chris has been involved in a hectic schedule of interviews, debates and broadcasts in the run-up to the poll.
He has been quick to explain that the Party respected the decision of the EU referendum in 2016, when the region voted 58% to 42%, in favour of leaving the union.
But, as he told ITV’s Calendar programme: “We’re bringing together people on both sides of the argument so we can move on … and push forward on some of the issues that plague our region.”
Polling stations are open from 7am to 10pm on Thursday, May 23.
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