Voting to begin for 2014 Euro election count

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A strong voice in Europe is vital for the Fylde - that is the message ahead of tomorrow’s European elections.

Residents go to the polls to elect eight Euro MPs for the North West region.

However votes will not be counted until Sunday when all polls have closed across Europe.

Business leaders today said it is vital people use their vote.

Martin Long, chairman of the Blackpool Business Leadership Group, said: “I think it’s important from a business perspective we stay in Europe, and the region is represented by a strong voice in Europe.

“I hope people will use their vote.”

Hugh Evans, deputy chief executive of the North West Chamber of Commerce said: “In the next few days the UK political landscape will be influenced radically by what happens in the European elections.

“The outcome of these elections will have a profound impact on this country’s relationship with the rest of Europe and that’s why, whatever side of the fence you’re on, it’s important to get out and vote.”

Polling stations open from 7am until 10pm across Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre.

Each district will count their own votes before the results are phoned over to Manchester to be added to votes from 36 other local authority areas. The outcome is expected to be declared some time after 9pm on Sunday.

Currently the North West is represented by three Conservative MEPs, two Labour, and one representative each of the Liberal Democrats, UK Independence Party and BNP.

European elections are held every five years, with a total of 78 members representing the UK in the 732-member European Parliament which meets in Brussels and Strasbourg.