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Election Presenter Optional

Gareth Owen | 14:29 UK time, Thursday, 4 June 2009

Elections are back, and this time they're European.

Whenever an election is on the horizon, a small group of us from across BBC News gather. We meet to discuss how best to cover it on each of the BBC's outlets, and in the new, fully integrated world that is BBC News, the focus often seems to come to the best new idea for how we can join the TV programme up with the website.

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For Sunday night's European election programme we're trying something very new...

Have you ever watched Jeremy Vine (or in the past Peter Snow) trying to explain something on election night and wanted to have a go yourself?...

[You can see where this is going... we're hoping the answer is yes for at least some of you]

...Well now you can!

This Sunday Emily Maitlis will be illustrating the make-up of the EU Parliament with the help of a massive touch screen (pictured above), and the BBC News Website's EU Parliament feature (below).

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Then, if you want to play with it yourself, you can, at bbc.co.uk/elections09.  The results will be updated live, but the 2004 results are already there.

We're hoping to learn from how this is used in our planning for the next UK General Election, so if you have any comments, please let us know.

Gareth Owen, Senior Product Manager, BBC News Website

Comments

  • 1. At 12:04pm on 06 Jun 2009, jokobe wrote:

    Looking forward for the results and the BBC coverage.

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  • 2. At 11:56am on 07 Jun 2009, masterEccles wrote:

    It'll be interesting to see whether Europe has lurched to the extremes.

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  • 3. At 2:48pm on 07 Jun 2009, parkerra02 wrote:

    I'm confused what he abriviations are for the different groups eg. EEP/EPP is there a key anywhere or anthing that tells me what they are and what uk parties are in them
    thanks

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  • 4. At 5:15pm on 07 Jun 2009, bede123 wrote:

    i cant wait to see UKIP romp home. i've had enough of being pushed around by these 'pro-euros' who seem to care nothing for England & the English!

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  • 5. At 6:28pm on 07 Jun 2009, WelshLiberal wrote:

    An extremely useful method indeed. Using it I have managed to explain to a person attending the Welsh regional count which UK parties are part of which EU grouping. Quite how you translate that into a purely UK graphic for the general election is a mystery though.

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  • 6. At 6:33pm on 07 Jun 2009, mcruss2 wrote:

    I agree with parkerra02, when you hover over EPP, Left, UEN, etc. at the bottom, it should come up with the full title, or be links to more info.

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  • 7. At 7:26pm on 07 Jun 2009, parkerra02 wrote:

    i take it back its here
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/8011001.stm

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  • 8. At 7:53pm on 07 Jun 2009, CraigT wrote:

    Could you tell us a bit more about the systems (the touchscreens etc) you use to to display and analysis all this information?

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  • 9. At 10:15pm on 07 Jun 2009, MARK EMANUELSON wrote:

    I like the new tools, both online and on the TV. However, you must remember this is a European election. The coverage on the tellie is all about what it means for Gordon Brown. Come on, let's get the debate back on Europe. This is a great opportunity to educate the British citizens about our role in the European Union and what the other countries mean to our success and future.

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  • 10. At 00:26am on 08 Jun 2009, danieledwardking1989 wrote:

    Can anyone explain how the vote for the minor parties would translate into seats at Westminster at the next General Election??

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  • 11. At 01:28am on 08 Jun 2009, waeffe wrote:

    With all the comparisons and regional stats (miss the swingometer btw), it would be nice to see a total amount of votes for each party.

    We see parties up or down by various percentages, and the changes noted from 2004, but what IS the complete total for the whole UK for each party?

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  • 12. At 3:17pm on 08 Jun 2009, avellana wrote:

    Unless I am mistaken Scotland seems to be out of all these results and projections.

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  • 13. At 3:44pm on 08 Jun 2009, avellana wrote:

    Given that this is the first time I voted Tory, naturally I assume Scotland is still part of the UK along with Wales and Northern Ireland. It is no good giving figures and presenting only English results. More food for the Nationalists ...

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  • 14. At 4:31pm on 08 Jun 2009, lebowskilite wrote:

    The Election thingy seems to have prematurely, and incorrectly, predicted some non-UK results. Ireland, for instance, will not elected two "Left" MEPs...

    Other than that, it looks good.

    Would be better if the "No Group" MEPs were situated in the middle, to the left or the right of the Liberal group (probably the left).

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  • 15. At 6:08pm on 08 Jun 2009, Start spreading the news,He's playing today,I want to see him score today, Sammy Clingan ™ (1987) wrote:

    hmm, your EU parlimentary coverage seems VERY lacking....

    not now single mention of the real story that The "Pirate Party" got 7.1% in the 2009 European Parliament elections, which will result in one seat in the European parliament, two if the Lisbon Treaty goes into effect.

    "The Pirate Party (Swedish: Piratpartiet) is a political party in Sweden. It strives to reform laws regarding copyright and patents. The agenda also includes support for a strengthening of the right to privacy, both on the Internet and in everyday life, and the transparency of state administration" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pirate_Party

    "the Pirates have 7.1 percent of the votes, [b]beating several established parties.[/b]

    This means that the Pirate Party will get at least one, but most likely two of the 18 (+2) available seats Sweden has at the European Parliament.
    "

    Pirate Party leader Rick Falkvinge about the outcome Together, we have today changed the landscape of European politics. No matter how this night ends, we have changed it,

    Falkvinge said. This feels wonderful. The citizens have understood its time to make a difference.

    The older politicians have taken apart young peoples lifestyle, bit by bit.

    We do not accept that the authorities mass-surveillance, he added.

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  • 16. At 6:20pm on 08 Jun 2009, phildr wrote:

    I don't think people will properly engage with european elections while the party that candidates will support of elected in Europe are not shewn on the ballot paper. What is the point of putting e.g. conservative or labour when the effect is EPP or socialists? The fact that the conservatives decided they won't be part of the EPP this time round would have had much more significance if campaigning was by the european groupings' policies rather than domestic party politics.

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  • 17. At 7:04pm on 08 Jun 2009, Start spreading the news,He's playing today,I want to see him score today, Sammy Clingan ™ (1987) wrote:

    its interesting that the "Pirate Party" is likely to join either the Group of the "Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe" or European Greens-European Free Alliance group.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/8011001.stm
    "The main pan-European party in the ALDE is the European Liberal, Democrat and Reform Party (ELDR). Its manifesto puts the defence of civil liberties top of the agenda.

    After the election, Ireland's governing Fianna Fail party will move from the nationalist UEN group to the ALDE. The party will have ALDE support for its "Yes" campaign ahead of fresh Irish referendum on the Lisbon Treaty, expected in October.

    "

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  • 18. At 9:36pm on 08 Jun 2009, poesiamore wrote:

    To the editors of the BBC: the final results, and the allocation of seats for the Italian MPEs, were confirmed several hours ago but I see that the BBC is still reporting it wrong (I wanted to report this in the early afternoon but waited to see if you were correcting it without having to report it), and, consequently, also the set up of the new European Parliament results wrong in your picture.
    The distributions of seats should read: 29-22-9-7, instead of your wrongly reported 30-22-8-7.

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  • 19. At 08:50am on 09 Jun 2009, expatprague wrote:

    It would be very interesting if, by clicking on a political grouping, one could see a ranking of the number of delegates returned by each country.

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    After the election, Ireland's governing Fianna Fail party will move from the nationalist UEN group to the ALDE. The party will have ALDE support for its "Yes" campaign ahead of fresh Irish referendum on the Lisbon Treaty, expected in October.


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