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European Parliament Political Groups June 2014

The European Parliament will start its new five year term with seven European Political Groupings.

The European People's Party (EPP) remains the largest, albeit reduced, Group of 221 MEPs, with the Socialists & Democrats (S&D), where the UK Labour Party sits, staying in second place with 191. The European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) where the UK Conservative Party sit has moved into third with 70 MEPs, and Syed Kamall, MEP for London, has become the Chair of the Group.

UKIP managed to form the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFD) Group of 48 MEPs, which includes the Italian Five Star Group.

A grand coalition

It is highly likely that the two biggest groups (EPP and S&D) will increasingly work together for the vast majority of the time to find mutual agreements on legislation at both Committee stage and at Plenary stage (where all MEPs get to votes on final legislation). Together the EPP and S&D have a majority of votes.

In order to get a majority of votes in any other scenario (without each other's support) - the EPP would have to find common ground with at least 4 other Groups, and the S&D with at least 6 other Groups. This makes negotiations more complicated and is therefore less feasible and likely.

Without any UK representation in the EPP Group, UK direct influence in a grand coalition will be through the 20 Labour MEPs in S&D. We hope that the Conservative MEPs who have earned a good reputation during their last year in the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (ECON) will still be able to engage and influence as a result.

A full outline of the make-up of the Groups can be found on the European Parliament website.


Last updated 01/07/2016