Liberal Democrat Euro candidate for South East England
Local campaigner - experienced European
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Published on Thursday 18th September 2014
I share many of your frustrations with Britain today. We are too unequal, too centralised, too inward-looking. We are proud of our past to the point of being blinkered about our future. These are some of the reasons that led me to join a political party 20 years ago and campaign for root and branch reform of our country ever since. We're far from there yet. But just like our European Union membership, I don’t believe the answer is to walk away.
Published on Monday 28th July 2014
Giles Goodall, Liberal Democrat MEP candidate for the South East, has welcomed a commitment from the Electoral Commission to address issues which prevented significant numbers of EU citizens registered to vote in the UK from using their vote at the European elections in May.
In a report on the elections, the Electoral Commission states:
"It is unacceptable that administrative barriers prevented some eligible and engaged electors from other EU member states from participating at the May 2014 European Parliament elections."
The Commission commits to: "work with the UK Government and other organisations to identify what can be done to simplify the system and remove unnecessary administrative barriers to participation so that this problem does not affect electors at the next European Parliament elections in 2019."
The report follows a number of incidents of EU citizens being denied the vote in May, despite being on the electoral register. The Electoral Commission will examine the possibilities of changing the law to ensure EU citizens only have to complete one form (instead of two) in order to use their votes in European elections.
Welcoming the report, Giles Goodall - who campaigned on behalf of EU citizens denied the vote - said:
"All EU citizens should be able to use their votes on an equal basis with other UK voters and without additional barriers, bureaucratic or otherwise.
Published on Friday 23rd May 2014
Published on Thursday 15th May 2014
I know this year is hugely significant for you. 25 years after the Iron Curtain and a decade since Poland joined the European Union, you have successfully placed yourselves at the heart of Europe. You have proven to be committed Europeans, most recently helping to determine the international response to events in Ukraine.
But 2014 is also the year of the European elections: as EU citizens, you too have a vote in the elections for the European Parliament. As partners in the UK, with an equal say at the ballot box on 22 May, I want Poles in Britain to make their voices heard.
For ten years, Britain has welcomed you as workers, entrepreneurs, friends and neighbours.