As readers of the blog will doubtless be aware, we are now just ten days away from the European Parliament election on 22nd May. (Although we are a little bit further away from the results, with the votes not being counted until the following Sunday night).
With that in mind, I thought that the following collection of material might be useful to many of you.
First, a reminder of two posts that I did last year on European elections in Wales:
- This one discusses the history of all the previous European elections in Wales.
- And this post explored attitudes to the EU in Wales, and the prospects of UKIP in Wales.
Regarding the latter of these two posts, it is perhaps worth saying that some subsequent evidence has indicated a rather more Euro-sceptic landscape of public opinion in Wales than my original post suggested. However, other evidence has supported my original argument. Subject to the findings of next week’s Welsh Political Barometer poll, I would still hold to my original statement: that “we should still expect UKIP to do rather well in the EP elections in Wales. But probably not quite as well as we can expect them to perform in England.”
Second, here are a couple of additional data sources that people may find useful and interesting:
- This is a link to Maps of the UK with information about the 2009 European election.
- And this is a link to interactive maps of the European elections in Wales from 1999 onwards.
I found both of them quite valuable in terms of being able to see patterns of support and success for the different parties.
Third, a reminder that the next Welsh Political Barometer poll, which will include findings for voting intention in the European election, is due to be released next Monday. Results and commentary will be made available via this site. I will also, of course, post some detailed analysis of the election results after they come in.