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Peter Henley

Peter Henley

Euro Election Debate

On 4 June the people of Europe go to the polls to elect Members of the European Parliament (MEP). One week before the vote gave you the chance to put your questions to the people who want to represent you.

The South East of England will be electing ten MEPs - more than any other part of the UK.

The leading candidates from the five big political parties standing in the South East took part in a live debate, chaired by BBC South's Political Editor Peter Henley.

Here are the candidates who took part in the BBC's South East Euro Elections debate programme:

Daniel Hannan MEP, Conservative

Daniel was first elected MEP for the South East in 1999.  Before that he was Special Adviser to the Rt Hon Michael Howard MP from 1997-8, and Director of the European Research Group from 1994-99.  A recent speech in the European Parliament, attacking Gordon Brown, attracted more than 2 million hits on YouTube.  He has been a lead-writer for the Daily Telegraph since 1996, and writes a column for the German newspaper Die Welt.  Daniel is married with two young children, and speaks French and Spanish.  His publications include "A Treaty Too Far", "The Euro: Bad for Business", and "What if Britain votes No?".

Nigel Farage MEP, UKIP

Nigel Farage is a founder member and leader of the UK Independence Party. He is a well known political figure and once parked an armoured personnel carrier outside the Conservative spring conference - to symbolise "UKIP parking its tanks" on David Cameron's lawn.  Nigel is married with four children, and his hobbies include fishing, military history and traditional pubs.  He became an MEP in 1999, after defecting from the Conservatives when John Major signed the Maastrict Treaty.  He became leader of UKIP in 2006.

Daniel Hannan

Daniel Hannan

Sharon Bowles MEP, Liberal Democrats

Born in Oxford, Sharon Bowles became a Lib Dem MEP for South East England in 2005, after Chris Huhne stood down following his election to the Westminster Parliament.  She studied Chemical Physics and Mathematics at Reading University, before going on to research Semiconductors at Oxford.  Sharon has competed at national and international level in rowing and archery.  She is married with two children who are studying at University. She became MEP for the South East in May 2005.

Nigel Farage

Nigel Farage

Peter Skinner MEP, Labour

Peter Skinner had been a member of the European Parliament since 1994. He studied Economics and Politics at University, and went on to post-graduate studies in Industrial Relations and Labour Law. He has worked as a trade union organiser and in industrial relations, and as a University lecturer. He has written for various periodicals and has published a pamphlet in the area of Industrial Relations. Peter has been a Member of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee for 10 years.

Sharon Bowles

Sharon Bowles

Caroline Lucas MEP, The Green Party

Caroline Lucas was elected to the European Parliament as one of the Green Party's first MEPs in June 1999, to represent the South East of England, and she recently became the party’s first ever leader.  Caroline is married with two children, and is a Vice President of the RSPCA, the Stop the War Coalition and Campaign Against Climate Change.  Caroline has worked with numerous NGOs and think-tanks, including the RSPCA, Oxfam and CND.

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