Euro seat target for Wetherby councillor Procter

Councillor John Procter
Councillor John Procter

Wetherby politician John Procter will stand as a Yorkshire Conservative party candidate in next year’s European elections.

Coun Procter has been a Wetherby councillor since 1992, and is chief executive of a facilities management company.

He told the Wetherby News that his interest to stand stemmed from a desire to hand a European boost to local business.

He explained: “I feel very strongly that our region doesn’t get enough of Europe in terms of support for business and for employment, and I want to be a strong voice, ensuring we get our fair share of the European Growth Fund across Yorkshire and the Humber.

“I am one of those people who has views on everything and everyone, and if you don’t put your name forward you can’t shout the loudest.

“That was the principle reason, I knew it was time to give it a go.”

Coun Procter is also keen for people to understand the role of an MEP.

He said: “People need to understand what their MEPs do for them, they provide a very strong voice for Yorkshire and our current MEP has done a very good job for the last three and a half years.”

Coun Procter revealed that the campaign has begun.

“We were in Oxfordshire last weekend with the prime Minister who has got very clear ideas about how he wants his MEPs to support him,” he said.

“I am at three engagements a week at the moment, and we are getting everything ready and looking to strengthen in the new year.”

Other Conservative candidates are Sitting MEP Timothy Kirkhope and former Olympic rower Alex Story.

European elections are fought regionally with voters choosing parties rather than individuals.

Parties that secure big enough shares of the vote then allocate the seats they have won to candidates on their regional list.

The Conservatives won two of the six Yorkshire seats at the last elections in 2009 but one of its MEPs, Edward McMillan-Scott, later joined the Liberal Democrats.

The elections will take place on Thursday, May 22, 2014.