Midlands East (European Parliament constituency)

Prior to its uniform adoption of proportional representation in 1999, the United Kingdom used first-past-the-post for the European elections in England, Scotland and Wales. The European Parliament constituencies used under that system were smaller than the later regional constituencies and only had one Member of the European Parliament each.

Midlands East
European Parliament constituency
Member stateUnited Kingdom

The constituency of Midlands East was one of them.

It consisted of the Westminster Parliament constituencies (under the terms of The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 1970, which had taken effect at the February 1974 general election) of Blaby, Bosworth, Loughborough, Meriden, Nuneaton, and Rugby.[1]

Members of the European Parliament

1979 John Taylor Conservative


European Parliament election, 1979: Midlands East[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Taylor 85,098 55.3
Labour T.R. O’Sullivan 53,935 35.1
Liberal G.A. Gopsill 14,819 9.6
Majority 31,163 20.2
Turnout 153,852 32.3
Conservative win (new seat)