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Widdecombe, Johnson on Scilly MEP ballot


Ann Widdecombe and Rachel Johnson will be on the ballot when Scilly goes to the polls for the European elections next month.

Widdecombe, a former Conservative MP who resigned in 2010, will stand as the lead candidate for the Brexit Party in the South West region.

She told the Daily Express that her decision was a “re-affirmation of the supremacy of the will of the people" rather than a protest vote.

Meanwhile, Boris Johnson’s sister Rachel, a journalist and author, is among the South West candidates for the pro-Remain Change UK party, formerly known as The Independent Group.

She said that she does not want to see Brexit ruining her children’s chances of living, travelling and working in Europe.

The Isles of Scilly will go to the polls on May 23rd unless the UK has left the EU before that date. A by-election for a new Councillor for St Mary’s will be held at the same time, the candidates for which will be announced tomorrow (April 26th).

It has been reported that Prime Minister Theresa May wants to hold a further vote in the House of Commons in the next ten days in the hope of avoiding the need for European elections.

The South West has six seats in the European Parliament, which are currently held by two UKIP MEPS, two Conservatives and one each from Labour and the Green Party.

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