THERE are a total of 24 men and women standing to become MEPs for the North East in tomorrow’s European Parliament election.
Sitting Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) Fiona Hall, from the Lib Dems, and Stephen Hughes, from Labour, have decided not to stand for re-election, but Martin Callanan from the Conservatives is contesting his seat.
The region elects three people to represent its interests at the European Parliament using the list system.
Each party can appoint up to three candidates to stand and is awarded a number of seats based on the number of votes it gains.
European Parliament elections are taking place the same day as the Local Elections although the results will not be announced until Sunday night.
Hartlepool votes will be counted at the Mill House Leisure Centre, in Raby Road, on Sunday evening and the town declaration will be made at the centre.
But the overall regional result will be announced around 10pm, and only once polls have closed elsewhere in Europe, at Silksworth Community Pool, Tennis and Wellness Centre in Sunderland.
The overall declarations will be made by Dave Smith, the regional returning officer.
Nationally, voters will choose 73 MEPs in 12 multi-member regional constituencies and each region has a different number of MEPs based on its population.
FULL LIST OF CANDIDATES:
Sherri Forbes, Middlesbrough
Nawal Hazan, Middlesbrough
Mary Forbes, Stockton
British National Party
Martin Joseph Vaughan, South Shields
Lady Dorothy MacBeth Brooke, Whitley Bay
Peter Forman, South Shields
Martin Callanan, Gateshead
Ben Houchen, Stockton
Andrew Lee, Tadcaster
Kevin Riddiough, Barnsley
Sam Kelly, York
John Lewis, Dunnington
Shirley Ford, South Shields
Alison Whalley, Newcastle
Caroline Robinson, Sunderland
Jude Kirton-Darling, Hexham
Paul Brannen, Newcastle
Jayne Shotton, North Shields
Angelika Schneider, Corbridge
Owen Temple, Consett
Christian Vassie, York
UK Independence Party
Jonathan William Arnott, Guisborough; Richard Elvin, Houghton; Phillip Broughton, Stockton